AGS delivers training to Vanuatu government lawyers

11 January 2022

In late November 2021, Jane Supit, Senior Executive Lawyer in AGS’s Commercial Group, delivered 2 days of training to lawyers from the State Law Office, the Office of Public Prosecutor, the Public Solicitor’s office, and the Women’s Centre in Vanuatu.

We had 14 participants whose legal work includes advising, drafting contracts and legislation, and conducting litigation.

The virtual training was provided as part of AGS’s regular pro bono program of training government lawyers in the Pacific.

Jane delivered our legal reasoning course which covers the structure of logical arguments, common difficulties with developing them and the steps in undertaking legal reasoning and analysis.

The feedback from the training was very positive. Comments from participants included:

The training was great. I enjoyed it very much. Its content is great.

Overall, I am grateful to AGS for the continuous assistance to us pubic lawyers in such trainings which made our work more interesting as we know how to do it in a more advanced way but be precise and clear.

This training has been really helpful to my legal career.

The exercises were very interesting, got me thinking very logically in my approach when answering legal questions.

A great learning course that has helped the group a lot in being able to set out their arguments and submissions in a more logical and concise manner given what we have learnt in this course.

The Public Prosecutor of Vanuatu, in a letter to the Australian Government Solicitor, Michael Kingston, said:

The Legal Reasoning course addressed a significant gap in the prosecutor’s legal skills. All participants indicated that they found the course very useful for their daily work and that they would value the opportunity to take part in such training in the future.

AGS thanks everyone involved in the training – including the Australian advisers based in Vanuatu and the training venue’s staff – for helping deliver a highly successful event.