Notable Alumni - Justice Vui Clarence Nelson

Bachelor of Laws

Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa.

Justice Vui Nelson

Justice Vui is a born and bred Samoan matai (high chief) who graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1977 with a Bachelor of Laws. He is currently serving as the Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa. He has been a judiciary reformer and tireless advocate of human rights throughout his career, particularly for those of children.

In 2007 he was behind the first Pacific-based Young Offenders Act and Community Justice Act in 2008. He established the Samoa Youth Court and helped set up the Olomoana Centre to house young people in conflict with the law and give them the opportunity to upskill.

In 2013, he was the first Pacific Islander to be elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child based in Geneva where he spends 12 weeks annually monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Learn more about Justice Vui Clarence Nelson's life and work.