The Intricacies of International Civil Litigation in French Polynesia

This case study explores a complex international civil litigation in French Polynesia, highlighting the importance of securing knowledgeable local counsel when dealing with legal matters outside one's jurisdiction.

ByZach Barreto


Published on February 7, 2024

Case Overview

This case study delves into a complex legal dispute involving an internationally recognized hotel chain. The plaintiff’s counsel, based outside of French Polynesia, sought the expertise of a local attorney to navigate the intricacies of the Polynesian legal system. The plaintiff’s counsel was prepared to undertake the majority of the work but required local counsel for guidance and filing under their name.

The US Embassy website provided a list of potential firms for consideration, emphasizing the need for a reputable attorney well-versed in civil actions. This case underscores the complexities of international litigation and highlights the importance of securing knowledgeable local counsel when dealing with legal matters outside one’s jurisdiction.

Questions to the expert and their responses


Have you ever reviewed a similar case? If yes, please elaborate.

Yes, I have over 20 years’ experience in civil and commercial law and international disputes pending at the Court of Papeete, in French Polynesia. My extensive background has allowed me to handle numerous cases like this one.

About the expert

This expert is a seasoned professional in aviation and shipping law, with a doctorate in maritime and air transport law from a prestigious university. They have held significant roles such as a tourism law teacher at a renowned University in French Polynesia and a barrister for prominent law firms. Currently, they are practicing as a barrister in French Polynesia and hold memberships in several esteemed professional societies including the French Association of Maritime Law and the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

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About the author

Zach Barreto

Zach Barreto

Zach Barreto is a distinguished professional in the legal industry, currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Research at the Expert Institute. With a deep understanding of a broad range of legal practice areas, Zach's expertise encompasses personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts, defective products, and many other sectors. His skills are particularly evident in handling complex litigation matters, including high-profile cases like the Opioids litigation, NFL Concussion Litigation, California Wildfires, 3M earplugs, Elmiron, Transvaginal Mesh, NFL Concussion Litigation, Roundup, Camp Lejeune, Hernia Mesh, IVC filters, Paraquat, Paragard, Talcum Powder, Zantac, and many others.

Under his leadership, the Expert Institute’s research team has expanded impressively from a single member to a robust team of 100 professionals over the last decade. This growth reflects his ability to navigate the intricate and demanding landscape of legal research and expert recruitment effectively. Zach has been instrumental in working on nationally significant litigation matters, including cases involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, toxic chemical exposure, and wrongful death, among others.

At the Expert Institute, Zach is responsible for managing all aspects of the research department and developing strategic institutional relationships. He plays a key role in equipping attorneys for success through expert consulting, case management, strategic research, and expert due diligence provided by the Institute’s cloud-based legal services platform, Expert iQ.

Educationally, Zach holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and European History from Vanderbilt University.

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