PNG legal training

A GROUP of barristers and judges from the Victoria Bar Association have headed to Papua New Guinea to mentor female lawyers in a two-day program, which begins tomorrow in Port Moresby.
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In conjunction with the association, the PNG Legal Training Institute's Empowering Women in the Law in PNG program aims to train the women on legal ethics, leadership, advocacy, and tackling workplace discrimination.

It will also couple the women with members of the bar to help build their confidence as lawyers.

Barrister Christine Melis told Australasian Lawyer that it was just as important for women in PNG as in Australia to "navigate their way through the legal profession" by "challenging barriers that limit" their participation in the legal profession.

She said it gave the program's participants the opportunity to formulate strategies to deal with the said challenges.

Bar president Jim Peters said the association had a long history of developing advocacy skills in the Asia Pacific.

Representatives from the Australian High Commission will also be in attendance.

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