Dr Tess Newton Cain is an independent researcher and consultant with over 20 years of experience in governance, policy and political analysis of the Pacific island region. She is a former Lecturer in Law at the University of the South Pacific and is a (dual) citizen of Vanuatu, where she lived 1997-2016.

Current research: A study of the adoption of 'Green Growth' as a policy driver in the Pacific island region (jointly with Matthew Dornan (ANU), Wesley Morgan (USP), and Sandra Tarte (USP).


2015 ‘The Renaissance of the Melanesian Spearhead Group’ in Fry & Tarte (eds) New Pacific Diplomacy, ANU e-press, pp 151-160

2015 ‘Vanuatu and Cyclone Pam: An update on fiscal, economic and development impacts’ in Pacific Economic Monitor, Midyear Review pp 23-27 (co-authored with Matthew Dornan)

2015 ‘Rebuild or reform: regional and subregional architecture in the Pacific island region’ in Journal de la Société des Océanistes Vol 140/1, pp 49-58

2014 ‘Regional service delivery among Pacific island countries: an assessment’ in Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Vol 1/3, pp 541-560 (co-authored with Matthew Dornan)

2014 ‘The role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region: a submission on behalf of the Lowy Institute for Foreign Policy to a Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

2010 A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands, ANU e-press (co-edited with Sinclair Dinnen & Anita Jowitt, first published in 2003 by Pandanus Books)

2010 Passage of Change: Law, Society and Governance in the Pacific, ANU e-press (co-edited with Anita Jowitt, first published in 2003 by Pandanus Books)

2002 ‘Changing Police Procedures’ in Prenzler & Ransley (eds) Police Reform: Building Integrity, Hawkins Press, pp146-158

2001 ‘Convergence or Clash? The recognition of customary law and practice in sentencing decisions of the courts of the Pacific island region’ in Melbourne Journal of International Law Vol 2(1) – online only

1999 Introduction to South Pacific Law (1st ed), Cavendish (co-authored with Jennifer Corrin-Care & Don Paterson)

1998 ‘The Place of Ethics in Investigative Interviewing by Police Officers’ in The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Vol 37/1, pp52-69