Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) is membership organisation for professional lawyers, academics and students practising within the Commonwealth although it welcomes qualified international lawyers and academics with an interest in its work.
CLA seeks to uphold the rule of law by encouraging exchanges between members of the profession, through projects, conferences and workshops, and by driving improvements in legal education. CLA regularly engages with other Commonwealth organisations and is an accredited partner organisation of the official Commonwealth.
CLA holds a conference in a Commonwealth member state every two years. The next conference, our 20th Commonwealth Law Conference, will be held between the 20th and 24th March, 2017 in Melbourne Australia. The conference theme is "Thriving in a global world; building on the rule of law" and is expected to be one of our finest conferences to date. For more information regarding the conference please visit the conference website www.commonwealthlawconference.org and register your interest.
CLA also supports a number of smaller regular events throughout the Commonwealth (see our article on the Bahamas summit below) and recently held a Mediation training event in Namibia in February. All our events are open to CLA members.
If you would like to know more about the history of CLA please take a look at our video under the "About Us", "History". Our current projects are listed under the "Activities" section.
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The tender for the 21st Commonwealth Law Conference 2019 is now open
The Commonwealth Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that the tender for the 21st Commonwealth Law Conference is now open and will close on the 30th October when all completed bids must be received. Please do not contact CLA for further information. On completion of the registration document suitable candidates will be contacted with further details for preparing their bid.
The tender is only open to Law Societies, Bar Council's and City Convention Bureaus. All cities are welcome to apply and any bid will be judged entirely on merit and its ability to answer the requirements of the tender document. Please register for further information by clicking here.
3rd Commonwealth Law Conference Rule of Law Award 2017
The Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) is an international organisation which exists to promote and maintain the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession, with the highest standards of ethics and integrity, serves the people of the Commonwealth. Read more
CLA Shocked over murder of Kenyan lawyer Willie Kimani
The President of the CLA calls joins the Law Society of Kenya in condemning the killing of local lawyer Willie Kimani and his client.
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