Lecturer of Law
Qualifications: LLM (First Class Honours), LLB.
Iwi: Folaha (Tongatapu), Fua'amotu (Tongatapu), Houma (Vava'u), Holonga (Vava'u), Nukunuku (Tongatapu)
Suliana is in the final stages of a PhD in Law focusing on the intersection of law, culture, custom, politics and women's rights in Tonga. Suliana is passionate about research into the impacts of the law (both domestic and international) on the lives of pacific people, particularly pacific women. Suliana is interested in the emerging role of women, women's issues and women's rights on the development of political systems within Tonga and the South Pacific region.
Suliana has advised senior members of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga on legal issues pertaining to the Constitution, Human Rights and Sports Law. Suliana has also advised the International Rugby League (IRL) on matters regarding sports law in Tonga and as relevant to international sports law whilst serving on it's Implementation Committee (IC) for Tonga. Suliana has contributed to the national discourse on women's rights and democracy on Tongan radio and newspaper media outlets. Suliana serves on the inaugural Law Committee for the Vahefonua Tonga o Aotearoa; the Tongan branch of the Methodist Church of New Zealand and is a board member of the Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission (SIAOLA). Suliana was also a founding Executive member of the Pacific Island Law Student Association (PILSA) at Waikato University.
Suliana's areas of research are Pacific Law, Pacific Customary Law, International Law, Constitutional Law, Women's Rights and Intersectionality.
Law; Pacific Island Politics; Pacific Issues
Customary Law, Sports Law, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Constitutional Law, Tongan Democracy, Feminism