find the latest legal job
Part Time Risk & Compliance Officer
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Brisbane City · Flexible Part Time Hours
View details
Infrastructure Lawyer/SA
Category: Construction Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Global elite law firm · Dedicated Infrastructure team
View details
Property Lawyer
Category: Property Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· 12 Month Contract · Diverse Work
View details
In-House Legal Counsel (Mid to Senior)| Regulated Markets (Energy and Gas)
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Full PD on Request · Exciting High Impact Role
View details
Family Lawyer
Category: Family Law | Location: Eastern Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Boutique Firm · Great Reputation
View details
Profession has a role to play in Pacific: LCA

Profession has a role to play in Pacific: LCA

The peak body representing Australian lawyers has welcomed the federal government's acknowledgement of the profession's role in the administration of law and justice in the Pacific region.

THE peak body representing Australian lawyers has welcomed the federal government’s acknowledgement of the profession’s role in the administration of law and justice in the Pacific region.

The Law Council of Australia’s comments come in the wake of the Government’s release of its “Framework for Law and Justice Sector Engagement in the Pacific”.

The document is designed to help Australia assist Pacific nations to strengthen the rule of law and protect human rights in the region.

The Framework emphasises the need for practical mechanisms to improve the coordination of Australia’s law and justice sector activities and their role in the Pacific.

Law Council president Glenn Ferguson welcomed the release of the Framework and said the Council was committed to working with the Government, law and justice agencies and aid organisations to improve the coordination of Australia’s engagement in the Pacific law and justice sector.

He said the Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group was a valuable means of providing input from the legal profession to assist in the coordination of Australia’s law and justice activities in the Pacific.

“The Law Council is able to provide information through that group on its involvement with the South Pacific Lawyers’ Association,” Ferguson said.

The South Pacific Lawyers’ Association represents law societies and bar associations from 15 Pacific nations and is actively supported by the Law Council, the New Zealand Law Society and the International Bar Association.

“The legal profession has an obligation to actively defend the rule of law and lawyers are effective weapons in the fight to promote law and justice in the Pacific region,” Mr Ferguson said.

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith launched the new agenda in a bid to enhance government partnership with non-government organisation and the private sector to reduce duplication and enhance effectiveness.

The new framework provides a statement of the priorities and principles that will guide Australia’s work in the Pacific in the law and justice sector, McClelland said.

It includes working with Australia’s Pacific Island neighbours to develop approaches to law and justice appropriate to local circumstances and contexts, the government announced today.

Australia is committed to helping Pacific countries strengthen the rule of law and protect human rights, McClelland said.

“Effective law and justice promotes regional security, helps attract foreign investment and is critical to ensuring access to justice, particularly for the poor and vulnerable,” he said.

“Our assistance to the law and justice sector is vital to Australia’s broader development assistance objectives in the Pacific region,” Smith said.

In a speech in Canberra today, McClelland said a roundtable would look into how to improve law and justice in the Pacific.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Profession has a role to play in Pacific: LCA
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Law Council of Australia
LCA calls for urgent adoption of ‘game-changing’ recommendation
The Law Council of Australia has urged for the immediate adoption of a key recommendation put forwar...
Sally Wheeler
Nov 20 2017
ANU College of Law appoints new dean
A distinguished legal academic and the former head of law of a higher education institution in Irela...
Nov 17 2017
It's time for politicians to commit to eradicating domestic violence
The national shame of domestic violence cannot be left unaddressed, writes Christine Smyth. ...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...