I have a legal background with an LLB from Bond University, Queensland, Australia in early 1992. I attained a graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology in the same year and a Masters in International Maritime Law from the IMO-International Maritime Law Institute, Malta in 1994. I worked for the Fiji government both in the Military and Civil Service. I did a stint as a platoon Commander with the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon in 1987-1988. In the office of the Solicitor General of Fiji, I was a Director Fiji Law Reform Commission and a State Solicitor. I joined the bench in August 2006
I teach oceans governance and policy including international law of the sea. I also contribute to other courses. In addition to the courses taught at SMS, I was part of the team that collaborated with FFA to run the Pacific Islands Fisheries Evidence and Investigation Training Course. The course ran for three years. I have also taught in military and police training institutions.
Whilst with the Fiji government, I attended and spoke in numerous regional and international conferences as part of the Fiji government delegation in areas relating to fisheries, monitoring, control and surveillance, weapons control, peacekeeping, intellectual property, policing, internal security, delimitation of ocean zones amongst others.
As a government legal practitioner, I have advised government departments and represented the office of the Attorney General in court on constitutional law cases, negligence, admiralty law including marine casualties, personal injuries, administrative law, contracts, compulsory acquisition of lands, military law matters, family law etc.
As a magistrate, I presided over a wide range of criminal and regulatory offences ranging from assaults, rapes, frauds, drugs, traffic matters etc. I also dealt with family law matters. The maximum sentence I passed was a sentence of six years imprisonment for a drugs offender.
As part of my community work, I accompanied Associate Professor Joeli Veitayaki in presenting to the district of Mualevu on Vanua Balavu Island in 2014 on the need to protect the environment. I started planting mangroves on part of the coastline of Mualevu village in 2013.
Areas of Interest
My areas of interest include the conservation of marine resources, preservation of ecosystem services, the study of seabed mining, mitigating coastal erosion, good farming practices, experimenting with natural disaster resilient crops for food security and farming.