The Federal Government has today (8 July) announced $485,000 in assistance to help develop the legal profession in countries across the Pacific.
The funding will help support the Australian legal profession's pro bono work in the Pacific, including funding to assist the Law Council to establish and administer a clearing house to match up international pro bono projects with Australian law firms.
The announcement coincides with next week's Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM) in Sydney, which will have a strong focus on the Pacific legal profession.
"As part of the meeting, Australia is hosting a Pacific Young Lawyers Forum on Sunday to promote the professional development of young Pacific lawyers and strengthen the capacity of the Pacific law and justice sector," said Attorney-General Robert McClelland.
"More than two dozen lawyers from around the Pacific are attending the event."
More than 40 countries are expected to attend next week's CLMM meeting in Sydney.