Tuiloma Neroni Slade

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Tuiloma Neroni Slade
Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum
In office
13 October 2008 – 4 December 2014
Preceded byFeleti Teo (acting)
Succeeded byMeg Taylor
3rd Samoan Ambassador to the United States[1]
In office
3 May 1993 – 4 December 2003
Prime MinisterTofilau Eti Alesana
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Preceded byTuaopepe Fili Wendt
Succeeded byAli'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia
Personal details
Born (1941-04-08) 8 April 1941 (age 83)
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington

Tuiloma Neroni Slade (born 8 April 1941) held the post of secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat from 2008 to 4 December 2014. He was elected to the position for three years on 20 August 2008.[2] Slade was reappointed to a second term by the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum on 8 September 2011.[3][4]


Tuiloma Neroni Slade was born in Samoa on 8 April 1941.[5] He graduated with a LL.B. from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.[5]


Slade began his career as a Samoan lawyer, serving as the senior prosecutor for the attorney general and the Parliamentary Counsel to the Samoan government.[3] He became the Attorney-General of Samoa in 1976 and remained in office until 1982.[3]

Slade became the Samoan ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the United Nations and a judge of the International Criminal Court. He was elected to the International Criminal Court in 2003 for a three-year term, and served as presiding judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II.[6]

Before beginning a diplomatic career in 1993, Slade became the assistant director of the legal office for the Commonwealth Secretariat, based in London.

Slade served as a Samoan diplomat from 1993 until his appointment to the International Criminal Court in 2003.[4] He was appointed as Samoa's permanent representative to the United Nations in New York City.[4] Slade concurrently served as both the Samoan Ambassador to the United States and the High Commissioner to Canada.[4]

He has also served as chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) from 1997 to 2003.[3]

International Criminal Court[edit]

In 2003, Slade was elected to a three-year term as a justice of the International Criminal Court.[4][6] During his tenure, Slade served as a Presiding Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands.[4] He practised law as an international legal consultant from 2007 to 2008 after leaving the court.[4]

Secretary general[edit]

Tuiloma Neroni Slade was appointed secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat on 20 August 2008 for a three-year term[3] and took office on 13 October 2008.[7] He was elected following the death of Secretary General Greg Urwin on 9 August 2008. He succeeded acting Secretary General Feleti Teo, who also sought appointment to a full term.[4]

He announced his intention to seek reappointment to a second term in 2011. Slade's reappointment was openly opposed by the government Frank Bainimarama of Fiji, which has been suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum since 2009.[8] Bainimarama put forth another candidate for nomination, former Fijian foreign minister Kaliopate Tavola, with the initial support of the members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.[3][8] Fiji released statements touting the opposition of the Pacific Islands Forum's Melanesian members to Slade's reappointment.[9]

Despite Tavola's nomination, the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum unanimously reappointed Slade for a second term on 8 September 2011, following a leaders' retreat on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand.[3][4][9] He received full support from all members, including the Melanesian Spearhead Group.[9] It is unknown if any Melanesian members put forth Tavola's nomination during the retreat.[9] Slade thanked leaders for his renomination in a statement, "I sincerely thank the Forum Leaders for having confidence in me to lead their Secretariat for a second term. I will of course work to the best of my abilities to serve the Forum membership in pursuit of aspirations in the Leaders' Vision for a region of peace, harmony, security and economic prosperity, so that all our people can lead free and worthwhile lives."[3]

Following his retirement, Slade was appointed to Samoa's Judicial Service Commission.[10]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Slade received the Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy in 2001.[3] He was the recipient of the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal and the Global Oceans Leadership Award, both in 2003 for his work on behalf of the oceans and developing, small island states.[3] In 2005, he was awarded the Order of Samoa ù Poloaiga Sili a Samoa.[3] In November 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington.[11]


  1. ^ Chief of Protocol of the United States Department of State, Samoa
  2. ^ "Pacific Islands Forum chooses new Secretary General". Radio New Zealand. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Vula, Timoci (9 September 2011). "Slade back at the helm". Fiji Times. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Baselala, Elenoa (10 September 2011). "Riding the wave of success". Fiji Times. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Tuiloma Neroni Slade Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Curriculum Vitae. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b International Criminal Court. "Judge Tuiloma Neroni Slade". Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  7. ^ New Forum Secretary General Commences 3-Year Contract, PIFS Press Statement (108/08) of 9 October 2008.
  8. ^ a b "MSG Seeks Removal of Slade". Solomon Times. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  9. ^ a b c d "Forum renews Slade's term as secretary general". Radio New Zealand. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  10. ^ Joyetter Feagaimaali'i (28 August 2019). "Tuiloma appointed to Judicial Service Commission". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Tuiloma Neroni Slade to receive honorary doctorate". Victoria University of Wellington. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Tuaopepe Fili Wendt
Samoan Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Ali'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia
Samoan Ambassador to the United Nations
Preceded by Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum
Succeeded by