Pacific Law and Justice News

2012 Forum Regional Security Committee Meeting

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) hosted the Forum Regional Security Committee (FRSC) meeting on 6 and 7 June 2011.  The FRSC meeting is held annually and is the principal regional forum on political security and governance issues.  PILON is invited as an observer to the FRSC, and was represented by the PILON Secretariat.


June 2012 Update - Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement

Members will recall that, following Forum Leaders’ 2009 directive and a joint meeting of fisheries and law enforcement / justice Ministers in 2010, negotiations have been in progress towards new legal arrangements for strengthened monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) mechanisms to protect regional fisheries.  A drafting group, established in 2010, is responsible for negotiation of a multilateral subsidiary agreement under the Niue Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the South Pacific Region (“Niue Treaty”).  The Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA) will provide for: (a) the exchange of fisheries law enforcement data; (b) cross-vesting of enforcement powers to enable cooperative surveillance and enforcement activities; and (c) use of fisheries data for other law enforcement activities. 

Launch of SamLII - Samoa Legal Information Institute


The Samoa Legal Information Institute (SamLII) website, , was launched on Friday 8 June by the Prime Minister of Samoa. The website allows free access to Samoan legal information, including legislation and judgments of the Supreme, District and Land and Titles Court.


OCO Conference and Customs Legislation Project

The PILON Secretariat attended the 14th Annual Oceania Customs Organisation Conference in Pago Pago, American Samoa in early May, 2012.  The theme of the conference was “Borders Divide, Customs Connect”. 
In addition to representatives of 18 OCO member administrations in attendance, regional organisations such as the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP), Pacific Immigration Directors Conference (PIDC), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Office of the Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA) were also represented as meeting observers.


Pacific Regional Small Arms and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Workshop


Following consideration at the 2010 PILON Annual Meeting, PILON members have agreed to support the effort of States to negotiate an International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  The ATT aims to create an international legal framework for the trade in conventional arms, including small arms and light weapons. Through regulation of the legal trade, the ATT will contribute to deterring and preventing the illicit trafficking and proliferations of arms.

An update regarding the 2011 meeting of the UN Preparatory Committee of the ATT was provided here.

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