29th Annual Meeting (2010) - Brisbane, Australia

 

Australia hosted the 29th Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Network (PILON) annual meeting from 8 to 10 December 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. The theme of the meeting was ‘Regional Approaches to Combating Crime’.
 
PILON member countries represented at the meeting included Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Apologies were received from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands and Tuvalu.
 
The following observer members also attended: the Commonwealth Secretariat; International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA); Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS); Pacific International Maritime Law Association (PIMLA); Pacific Legal Information Institute (PacLII); Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC);  Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP); United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP).
 
Representatives from the Australian Attorney‑General’s Department (AGD), Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian National University (ANU), AusAID, Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), High Court of Australia (HCA), Australian Office of National Assessments (ONA), Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea, Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference Secretariat, Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat (PICP), Pacific Judicial Development Program, Pacific Ombudsman Alliance Secretariat, Pacific Prosecutors’ Association (PPA), Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resources Team (RRRT), Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC), South Pacific Lawyers’ Association Secretariat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Auckland observed the meeting.

Members attending the meeting agreed to formal outcomes and a work plan for the PILON Secretariat in 2011.  Members also concluded a communiqué:
The PILON Secretariat also provided a report on its activities to those in attendance:
 

Key issues

Members discussed key issues relating to the theme of the meeting including:

      • Legal frameworks and initiatives for addressing transnational organised crime in the Pacific

      • Legal frameworks and initiatives for addressing corruption in the Pacific

      • Violence against women

      • Legal implications of climate change in the Pacific

      • Criminal deportees

      • Addressing legal capacity needs in the Pacific

      • Future funding options for the PILON Secretariat

      • Relationships between PILON and Pacific Law Ministers’ forums, and

      • Legal information sharing.

     

     Delegates at the 29th PILON Annual Meeting held in Brisbane, Australia in December 2010