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Making law in Papua New Guinea : the colonial origins of a postcolonial legal system / by Bruce L. Ottley, David Weisbrot, Jean G. Zorn
Bib ID 8614399
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Ottley, Bruce L., author
 
Description Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, [2021] 
©2021 
xii, 526 pages ; 23 cm 
ISBN 9781531005504 ((paperback))
1531005500 ((paperback))
Invalid ISBN 9781531005511 ((ebook))
Summary

"In the waning days of colonialism in Papua New Guinea, much of the rhetoric from local leaders pushing for self-determination focused on replacing the imposed colonial legal system with one that reflected local customs, understandings, relationships, and dispute settlement techniques, in other words, a 'uniquely Melanesian jurisprudence.' After independence in 1975, however, that aim faded or began to be seen as an impossible objective, and PNG is left with a largely Western legal system. In this book, the authors (who were all directly involved in law teaching, law reform, and judging during that period) explore the potent and enduring grip of colonialism on law and politics long after the colonial regime has been formally disbanded. This book combines research, engagement with the scholarly literature of dependency theory and postcolonial studies, and personal observation, interviews, and experiences"--

Full contents
  • Introduction : imagining Papua New Guinea
  • Custom and customary law
  • Laying the foundation of a colonial legal system : the British protectorate 1884-1888
  • Establishing legal authority : British New Guinea 1888-1906
  • Constructing a colonial legal system : the territories of Papua and New Guinea 1906-1921
  • The colonial legal systems in operation : administration and economic development 1921-1942
  • The colonial legal systems and Papua New Guineans : contact, control and customary law 1921-1942
  • World War II and its impact : Papua New Guinea in the 1940s
  • Reestablishing authority/remaking administration : Papua and New Guinea in the 1950s
  • Change comes to the colony at last : Papua and New Guinea in the 1960s
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Law -- Papua New Guinea -- History.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Politics and government -- History.  |  Papua New Guinea.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Weisbrot, David, author  |  Zorn, Jean G., author

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