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Death of PNG law education pioneer

Prof Bruce Ottley reports the death of Prof AB Weston last Saturday in London at the age of 86.  Prof Weston was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1970-74 and was responsible for changing its direction and diversifying its scholastic mix by hiring academics from a number of countries, one of whom was Prof Ottley himself . “When I joined the faculty in 1972,” Prof Ottley says, “we had people from Australia, England, Nigeria, Poland, Canada, the US, Tanzania and Guyana.”

Prior to joining the law faculty at UPNG, Prof Weston had been the first Dean of Law in Tanzania. He was also President of the Australasian Universities Law Schools Association in 1972-73, a matter of personal distinction and a great honour so early in the history of UPNG.

On a personal note, Prof Weston was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in the 1960s and, as such, a contemporary of my father-in-law Prof Henry Lowig, who was Professor of Mathematics there.


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