Dr. Morsen Mosses

Senior Lecturer 

USP Emalus Campus, Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Phone: +678 22748 ext 129

Email: morsen.mosses@usp.ac.fj




Morsen joined the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2017 as a lecturer in law. He teaches Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Current Development in Pacific Law, and Courts and Dispute Resolution I. He is currently the General Editor of the Journal of South Pacific Law. Since 2018, he has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the same journal. From July 2020 to December 2020, Morsen was Acting Deputy Head of the USP School of Law. From January 2021 – July 2021, Morsen was the Acting Discipline of Law Coordinator.

Prior to joining the University of the South Pacific, Morsen taught as a sessional lecturer for more than a year at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole (Vanuatu Programme). He was a member of Vanuatu Public Service Commission from March 2016 to July 2017. He was selected and worked as an intern with the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon (through the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic of Laval University) from February to June 2012. From 2010 to 2015, while undertaking his doctoral studies, Morsen worked as a research and administrative assistant at the Faculty of law of Laval University in Quebec, Canada.



  • BA New Caledonia, LLM Toulouse, PhD Laval (Qc) 


Research Interests

  • Public International Law: Territorial Disputes
  • Human Rights Law: Right to Self-Determination and Right to Equality
  • Legal Pluralism: Intersection of Law and Custom


Selection of Publications

Morsen Mosses, ‘Vanuatu Legal System’ in Jennifer Corrin and Tony Angelo (eds) Gems of the Pacific: Sixteen Legal Systems, Intersentia, 2021 (Forthcoming).

Morsen Mosses, ‘Revisiting the Matthew and Hunter Islands Dispute in Light of the Recent Chagos Advisory Opinion and Some Other Relevant Cases: An Evaluation of Vanuatu’s Claims relating to the Right to Self-determination, Territorial Integrity, Unlawful Occupation and State Responsibility under International Law’ (2019) 66 Netherlands International Law Review 475-506 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40802-019-00148-0

Lili Song, Morsen Mosses, ‘Revisiting Ocean Boundary Disputes in the South Pacific in Light of the South China Sea Arbitration: A Legal Perspective’ (2018) 33(4) International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 768-798 https://brill.com/view/journals/estu/33/4/article-p768_6.xml?lang=en

Morsen Mosses, ‘La Transition Constitutionnelle au Vanuatu’ in Jean Marc Boyer, Mathias Chauchat, Geraldine Giraudeau, Samuel Gorohouna, Caroline Gravelat et Catherine Ris (eds) Actes du Colloque Universitaire sur L’Avenir Institutionnel de la Nouvelle Calédonie des 17 et 18 Novembre 2017, LARJ 2018, 90-96 https://unc.nc/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/UNIV-Avenir-Institutionnel-web.pdf

Morsen Mosses, ‘Les tensions entre la diversité culturelle et les droits fondamentaux au Vanuatu: Quelques pistes de conciliation’ in Michele Boubay-Pages (Ed.) Oscillation entre diversité et unité au Vanuatu, Presse Universitaire de Toulouse, 2017, 267-283 https://books.openedition.org/putc/3076?lang=en

Morsen Mosses, ‘Custom as a Source of Law in Vanuatu: Critical Analysis’ (2017) Special edition Journal of South Pacific Law 37-54 https://www.usp.ac.fj/fileadmin/random_images/home_middle_banners/emalus/JSPL/2017_Special_Edition/Articles/2._Morsen_Mosses_-_Custom_as_a_Source_of_Law_37-54.pdf

Morsen Mosses, ‘A Note on Vanuatu’s Cases on the Right to Equality’ (2017) 23 Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific 81-95 https://www.victoria.ac.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/1700131/Mosses.pdf

Morsen Mosses, « Le pluralisme juridique et le droit foncier des propriétaires coutumiers et des femmes au Vanuatu », (2014) 20 Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific 65-86 https://www.victoria.ac.nz/law/research/publications/about-nzacl/publications/cljpjdcp-journals/volume-20,-2014/Mosses.pdf


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