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Bruce Ottley lived in Port Moresby from 1972-77, where he taught law at the University of Papua New Guinea. He returned to his native United States in 1978 and is now a Professor of Law at DePaul University law school in Chicago.”Thanks for providing a place for former PNG people to communicate,” he tells ASOPA PEOPLE.

For some years now, between other research and writing, Bruce has been working on a book on PNG's colonial legal system: its creation and operation and how it changed over the years. He now wants to drive this project forward. “I would love to hear from former kiaps who have stories about their experiences as magistrates of the Courts of Native Affairs,” he says. “I’m also interested in anything anyone can tell me about how the legal system actually operated in PNG in the 1950s and 1960s.”

I know that many ASOPA PEOPLE readers – especially our kiap colleagues - were active in legal, magisterial and related matters during this period and are particularly knowledgeable about the subject of Bruce’s research. You can contact him at


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