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THE loss of independent oversight on court decisions in Nauru is very concerning, says an Australian law academic.

Macquarie University Adjunct Professor George Newhouse, who also heads the National Justice Project, was speaking after the Nauru Government terminated a treaty giving Nauruans access to the High Court of Australia as a final court of appeal.

The termination happened without Nauru having a local court of appeal in place, which would require a constitutional change.

Mr Newhouse said it was a major concern for Nauruans and asylum seekers and refugees on the island.

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