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Western Samoa
(1,182 words)

Volume I: National Reports 1977

C. C. Aikman1

Western Samoa, a former United Nations Trust Territory, is a unitary state with an elective constitutional Head of State. The Constitution of the Independent State of Western Samoa was adopted on 28 Oct. 1960 by the representatives of the people of Western Samoa at a Constitutional Convention. New Zealand legislative action to sever the tie with Western Samoa was taken by the Wester…

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C. C. Aikman, “Western Samoa”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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