School of Law and Social Sciences



Message from the School

Interested in learning about why things happen the way they do? The School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS) is the place to be at USP! If you are planning a career in law, foreign affairs, politics, social work, development planning, or human rights and justice advocacy, this is the place to start your academic journey. We also train historians, sociologists, psychologists and political scientists. All our undergraduate programmes are fully online as well as face to face. Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme and Bachelor of Arts Social Work are also internationally accredited. Some of our programmes have been established in partnership with Pacific regional agencies, to meet emerging regional priorities. These include the undergraduate Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights and the Postgraduate Diploma in Border Security.


Government, Development and International Affairs

Government, Development and International Affairs programs …


The University of the South Pacific’s Discipline of Law offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs specifically focused on…

Social Sciences

The Discipline is composed of six disciplines: Psychology, Social Work, History, Sociology, Gender Studies, and Pacific Policing…

USP - SoLaSS Alumni Fighting for Climate Change


#EndorseTheAO is a campaign that originated in the Pacific and is led by former USP Students, including Solomon Yeo (Campaign Director), Vishal Prasad (Campaigner), and Romabeth Siri (Campaigner). The idea for the campaign emerged in 2019 after Law students at the University of the South Pacific attended a presentation on the nexus of climate change and human rights.

The #EndorseTheAO campaign encourages state leaders to seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on climate change and human rights. The International Court of Justice is the highest court and an advisory opinion from the court carries great moral and legal authority. An Advisory Opinion on the issue is important as it has the potential to be a legal catalyst for climate change action whilst clarifying international law on climate change. A vote in favour of the resolution at the upcoming 77th session of the UN General Assembly will reflect a global commitment to fight the climate crisis and protect human rights. It will put the protection of human rights at the heart of our struggle for climate justice.

CSO Alliance Launch for the #EndorseTheAO Campaign to seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on Climate Change and Human Rights in Suva, Fiji Islands - 5 May 2022.

Postgraduate Orientation SoLaSS - 21 April 2022

Dr Sandra Tarte, Acting Head of School SoLaSS

Dr Margaret Mishra, Deputy Head of School SoLaSS

Some of our Postgraduate Students

SoLaSS Seminar Series

China's Communist Party Under Xi Jinping

The Properties of Perpetual Light

What Oceania needs from its political thinkers?

Right Hai?! A Qualitative Study on the Mental Health Experience of Queer Indo-Fijians

A Retreat from Equity? The Evolution of the Blue Economy Promise.

Navigating Pacific Climate Justice to the United Nations General Assembly

Indigenising Conceptualisations of Access to Justice: Pluralism and the Pacific Context

China in the Pacific

Contact Us

Discipline of Government Development and International Affairs

Prashila Narayan


Tel: +679 3232382

email: prashila.narayan(a)

Discipline of Social Sciences

Taraivosa Baikeirewa

Administrative Assistant

Tel: +679 3232136

email: taraivosa.baikeirewa(a)

Discipline of Law

Louise Vari (Emalus Campus)
Executive Officer
Phone: +678 22748
ext. 125

Lite Ragede (Laucala Campus)
Law Secretary