One of Vanuatu’s top lawyers,
Mr. Arnold Kiel Loughman, is Vanuatu’s new Attorney General (AG).
Head of State, Baldwin Lonsdale , exercising powers vested on him by section 7 of the State Law Office Act No.4 of 1998 and on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) appointed Mr. Loughman on April 23, 2016.
Daily Post understands that out of the candidates who applied, it was a close call between Mr. Loughman and a former Supreme Court Judge and former AG, Mr Ham Bulu.
Loughman studied law at the University of Papua New Guinea as well as at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom on International Commercial and European Law.
The JSC consists of the Minister of Justice as chairman, the Chief Justice, the Chairman of the Public Service Commission and a representative of the National Council of Chiefs.
As the Principal Legal Adviser to the Government, the AG is invested with general professional superintendence over all lawyers entitled to practice in Vanuatu.
The position of the AG was previously occupied by seasoned lawyer Ishmael Kalsakau who relinquished the position to successfully contest the 2016 snap election in the constituency of Port Vila and now leads the Opposition bloc in Parliament.
The new Attorney General is the eldest son of one of Vanuatu’s first members of Parliament for Tanna constituency, late John Loughman.