Stephen P Pokawin is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Papua New Guinea. He had been for many years before entering the legal profession actively involved in the implementation of the decentralization policy in the country at the local, provincial and national government levels. He had served as a public servant (1980 – 1983), an elected leader at the provincial and national government levels (1983 – 2002) and a political adviser to the Prime Minister of PNG from 2002 to 2011. He specializes in laws giving effect to the decentralization processes in PNG. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2017 and 2018.