REFORM OF DISCRIMINATORY SEXUAL OFFENCES LAWS IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS – Case Study of the Republic of Palau

This case study provides an in depth analysis of the significant leap forward taken by Palau in protecting the rights of its citizens, through the updating of its sexual offences laws and criminal code. Significant changes to the country’s sexual offences laws and domestic violence framework were achieved by the enactment of the Family Protection Act in 2012 and through the overhaul of the criminal law in 2014. These changes to domestic legal frameworks have improved protection for women, children, LGBT people and other vulnerable people.