Can the Polynesian Languages Be Used in the Proceedings of the Assembly of French Polynesia?

42(2) VUWLR 299-306 (2011)

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Alain Moyrand

Université de la Polynésie Française

Anthony H. Angelo

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

In 2010 the European Court of Human Rights rejected a petition relating to the right to use a Polynesian language in the Assembly of French Polynesia. This article considers the relationship between the French Constitution and the Organic Law, relating to the status of French Polynesia and the use of languages other than French in the proceedings of the Assembly of French Polynesia. The consequences of case law for the use of a Polynesian language in the Assembly of French Polynesia are also examined. The authors Tony Angelo and Alain Moyrand conclude in this article that there is no right to use a Polynesian Language in the French Polynesian Assembly, but that the use of Tahitian and other Polynesian languages is a long establish practice of the Assembly and that their use in a number of limited cases does not render the proceedings in which they are used invalid.

Keywords: Polynesia, French, language, human rights, French Polynesia, Tahitian, customary law, custom

JEL Classification: K00, k1, k10, k19, k20, k23, k29, k33, k39, k3, k40, k4, k49

Suggested Citation

Moyrand, Alain and Angelo, Anthony H., Can the Polynesian Languages Be Used in the Proceedings of the Assembly of French Polynesia? (2011). 42(2) VUWLR 299-306 (2011), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736673

Alain Moyrand

Université de la Polynésie Française

Faa'a, 98702
French Polynesia

Anthony H. Angelo (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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