USP's PacLII has been awarded the Initiative of Excellence from TIPNG.
The University of the South Pacific (USP)-based Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII) has been awarded an Integrity Initiative of Excellence award from Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) for its contribution to strengthening institutional transparency.
The award recognises initiatives within national agencies which strengthen the integrity of that institution and initiatives are judged based on Innovation, Replicability, Accountability, Transparency, Empowerment (I-RATE).
By bringing recognition to a particular initiative, TIPNG aims to create a culture of sharing and best practice amongst national institutions.
Awardees were invited to present to other agencies on how their initiatives were structured, funded, implemented and the resulting success measured.
In doing so, TIPNG wants to foster the adoption of these awarded initiatives by other national agencies.
“We do this by facilitating sessions where awardees can mentor other agencies to adapt and implement the integrity-strengthening initiative,” a statement from TIPNG read.
Ms Arianne Kassman, Executive Director congratulated PacLII on their selection saying she looked forward to encouraging other agencies in PNG to follow their example.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP congratulated PacLII saying it was an excellent vindication of the work they are doing.
“It is great to see such strong support coming from PNG,” Professor Chandra said.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), which houses the School of Law, also congratulated the team at PacLII.
Ms Anita Jowitt, Director PacLII received the award during the inaugural 2017 TIPNG Integrity Seminar from 9-10 November, 2017 at the Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby, organised to commemorate TIPNG’s 20th anniversary.
PacLII collects and publishes legal materials from 20 Pacific Islands Countries on its website www.paclii.org, including American Samoa, Cook Islands, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The materials consist mainly of primary materials such as court decisions and legislation but also include decisions of various tribunals, panels, Ombudsmens reports or secondary information such as court rules or bench books.
PacLII, an initiative of the School of Law based in Vanuatu’s Emalus Campus has grown to become a service to governments, legal professionals, NGOs, students, academics and members of the public and widely recognised as an example of excellence in promoting access to legal information.
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