ACTING SOLICITOR GENERAL AIMS TO STRENGHTEN VILLAGE COURTS

“Through this program, I aim to see how the judicial system in the U.S. works from the top-down, so I can try to improve the functions of the village court back here in PNG,” said Tauvasa."

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce that Tauvasa Tanuvasa, Acting Solicitor General from the Department of Justice and Attorney General, will take part in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program, which will focus on Rule of Law and the U.S.Judicial System.

Tauvasa, who departed Port Moresby today, has proven his skills in leadership in his current role, and this experiences will complement his goal to improve the country’s capacity to respond to court rulings. The three-week program in the United States will take place from March 11 – 29, in Washington DC, New Orleans, and Florida.

“Through this program, I aim to see how the judicial system in the U.S. works from the top-down, so I can try to improve the functions of the village court back here in PNG,” said Tauvasa.

With a Master of Law from the Australian National University,Tauvasa has voluntarily undertaken a number of “extra” projects to help build rule of law in the country. He trained parole officers on how to draft effective affidavits, and has undergone training to be a mediator in civil disputes.He is passionate about the law and actively engaged in finding ways to ensure that law in PNG is used to protect human rights and further national interests.

Tauvasa’s project examines the U.S. commitment to the promotion of transparency, ethics, and judicial independence in a democracy. Participants will learn about the federal and state judicial systems under the U.S. model of federalism.  In examining the workings of an independent judiciary in criminal and civil proceedings, Tauvasa and other participants will observe trials and court procedures and assess new technologies in court administration.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S.Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The goal of the IVLP is to provide first hand knowledge about U.S. society, culture, and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world.

March 8, 2019