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2nd KAS-ANUCES Roadshow Rule of Law

by Eva Wagner
The 2nd KAS-ANUCES Roadshow Rule of Law was held from 29 May to 2 June 2023 in Port Vila/Vanuatu. The Roadshow was implemented again in cooperation with the Centre for European Studies of the Australian National University (ANUCES). As a local partner, we were pleased to have the support of the School of Law of the University of the South Pacific (USP). The focus of the event was on the rule of law and development, more precisely, the rule of law as a driver of development.

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KAS Australia took a delegation of Australian, New Zealand and German experts to Vanuatu to discuss current challenges to the rule of law and possible approaches to them. Topics of the one-day seminar included Vanuatu’s citizenship scheme (including its implications for its relations with the EU), human rights and immigration issues (including the deportation of Chinese nationals), the protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of culture legislation, the unconstitutionality of the foreign service amendment bill (a constitutional court case), and capacity development. The country’s bid for a Resolution from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for an Advisory Opinion on Climate Change from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was also debated.

 

Further, the delegation had the opportunity to discuss current challenges to the rule of law and development with representatives from the New Zealand High Commission, the Vanuatu Australia Policing and Justice Programme (Palladium Group) (including access to and delivery of justice in remote areas), an independent journalist (about the status quo of the media), the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PACLII), and other stakeholders.

 

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Eva Wagner

Eva Wagner

Senior Programme Coordinator
Rule of Law, Energy and Development Policy

eva.wagner@kas.de +61 2 6154 9323

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