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SPLA Needs Evaluation Survey - Final Report Released
The South Pacific Lawyers Association (SPLA) has released the Report on the first comprehensive study into the needs of developing law societies and bar associations in the South Pacific region. 

The objective of conducting the Survey was to gather information on the needs of legal professional associations in the South Pacific region as a step towards improving the quality of services that they provide to their members and the general community.” said SPLA, Chair, Mr Ross Ray QC. 

Pacific Seabed Mining Legislation - SPC Project
A Deep Sea Minerals project, administered by the SPC/SOPAC Division and funded by the EU, was launched in late 2010.  A Legal Advisor for the project, Ms Hannah Lily, has recently commenced with SPC.  

The purpose of the four year project, entitled “Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region: a Legal and Fiscal Framework for Sustainable Resource Management”, is to support 15 participating SPC member countries in developing a legal framework to allow for and manage deep sea mineral exploration and mining.  Countries participating in the Project are:  Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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