A British colony of 50 souls within the Pacific Ocean, Pitcairn Island used to be settled through the Bounty mutineers and nineteen Polynesians in 1790. In 2004 six Pitcairn males have been convicted of various offenses opposed to women and younger women, dedicated over a thirty yr interval, in what appears to be like to were a tradition of sexual abuse at the island.

this example has raised many questions: what correct did the British executive need to start up those prosecutions? used to be it reasonable to prosecute the defendants, provided that no legislation have been released at the island? certainly, what, if any, legislation was once there in this island? This choice of essays explores the numerous vital matters raised via the case and through the location of a small, remoted neighborhood of this type.

It begins through the historical past to the prosecutions, contemplating the challenge that confronted the British govt while the abuse used to be exposed, and discussing the ways that the judges handled the case, in addition to exploring the heritage of the payment and the way colonial legislations impacts it.

This heritage paves the way in which for an exploration of the philosophical, jurisprudential and moral matters raised via the prosecutions: used to be it valid for the united kingdom to interfere, given the absence of any universal group among the united kingdom and the Island? was once the positivist 'law on paper' strategy followed by way of the British executive and the courts used to be acceptable, particularly given the shortcoming of promulgation of the legislation below which the boys have been prosecuted? might replacement responses similar to fee of reimbursement to the feminine sufferers and provision of group help were most desirable? and will common human rights claims justify the prosecutions, overriding any allegations of cultural relativism at the a part of the UK?

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