Seminar: The institutionalisation of ‘Kanak identity’ in the New Caledonian Customary Senate and Kanak customary law

Presented by: Rowena Dickins Morrison

Where: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge St, Acton (Bld # 67c), The Australian National University

When: 29 November 2013, 12.30 – 2.00pm

Colonised by France in 1853, New Caledonia is currently engaged in a process of ‘decolonisation’, as defined by the 1998 Noumea Accord. In 2014, the Accord will enter its final phase, during which one or more restricted-electorate self-determination referendums will be held. This period will be crucial, not only for the definition of the country’s relationship to France, but also for the country’s internal institutional structure and the balance established between the country’s Indigenous People and its non-indigenous communities. The current balance purports to be founded on the ‘full recognition of Kanak identity’, which is identified in the Noumea Accord as the necessary precondition for durable peace and stability, and the construction of a ‘common destiny’ shared by all New Caledonian citizens. [read more…]

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