About Us

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 very two years.  Our next 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    

CLA also supports a number of smaller 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 understand more about the history of CLA please take a look at our video under the About Us, History.  Our current projects are listed under Activities. 

If you would like to join the CLA as a member please use the Join Us link in the main menu.   

Upcoming events

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 expresses Grave concern over scheduled execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami and Mir Quasem Ali

Read our statement

The 4th Annual Arbitration and Investment Summit 22-23 January, Bahamas 

The CLA supported this event, together with other international organsations, through our council member for the Caribbean, Mr Peter Maynard and we thank him for this conference summary.   Read more

NAZ Foundation's plea for LGBT Rights to be Heard 

The Supreme Court of India is going to hear later today the Curative Petition of Naz Foundation, the leading gay rights NGO and several eminent personalities. It is the last legal recourse after dismissal of their review petition. Read more 


Blog posts

The Commonwealth Lawyer is only available to CLA members.  

Please view under "members" in the main menu. 

          The Commonwealth Lawyer             The Commonwealth Lawyer 

          Vol 24. No. 2  August 2015                                                       Vol 23, No. 3 December 2015


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