The Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Network (PILON) works to ensure a safe and secure Pacific by advancing key law and justice issues. PILON is an association of senior law officers from 19 Pacific Island countries and territories.
The PILON Charter sets out the governance arrangements for PILON. PILON’s Executive Committee works throughout the year, in conjunction with the PILON Secretariat and PILON working groups and committees, to drive the implementation of the PILON Strategic Plan. The Executive Committee meets regularly throughout the year by teleconference, with one face to face meeting per year.
According to the Charter, the purpose of PILON is to:
- provide a network for senior law officers in the Pacific to share expertise, exchange experiences and learn from each other in order to advance key law and justice issues;
- strengthen regional policy and operational cooperation on key law and justice issues;
- develop regionally supported law and justice policies for consideration by appropriate decision making bodies;
- identify initiatives and deliver programs to build the capacity of PILON country member law and justice agencies; and
- engage and collaborate with other regional and international organisations and networks as part of furthering the above purposes.
The Network has held annual meetings since 1981, initially under the title of Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Meeting (PILOM). In 2007, PILOM formalised its organisational structure to identify, and take action on, law and justice issues common across the Pacific. The Network also changed its name to PILON to reflect the information sharing and supporting role of the organisation, developed its Charter and Rules of Procedure, and established a permanent Secretariat.
PILON Governance documents can be found in the Digital Library.