Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) is a 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 on Commonwealth working groups and projects, and is an accredited partner organisation of the official Commonwealth.
CLA holds a conference in a Commonwealth member state every two years. Our last conference was in Melbourne in March this year and the next will be in Livingstone, Zambia in April 2019. For more information about the Commonwealth Law Conference please visit the conference website www.commonwealthlawconference.org where you will find regular updates on the conference.
CLA also supports a number of smaller regular events throughout the Commonwealth (see our conference and events report section) and recently held events in Namibia and Belfast. 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 "Projects" section.
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If you would like to become a member of CLA please use the "Join Us" tab in the main menu above. Do you have questions about membership levels, costs, or benefits? click here for more information (all membership is subject to terms and conditions)
Our members have access to the membership directory, special offers, and events are regularly offered exclusively to CLA members in the online members area.
Join legal professionals from all over the world at our biennial conference or regional events or find other members in your area. Simply use the "join us" tab above.
CLA & ITN Programme
Launched at thee 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Melbourne and is now available for viewing. If you wish to investigate opportunities for sponsorship of a further project please contact us. To view the programme click on the title link VIEW PROGRAMME
To view other CLA projects click here
AWARD PROGRAMME 2019
CLA is seeking the next Rule of Law Award Winner
CLA and Lexis Nexis are looking for the next Rule of Law award winner. The competition is open to CLA members who have made an outstanding contribution to the rule of law in the two year proceeding the CLC2019. Read about 2017 award winner and see further information and application forms here.
21st Commonwealth Law Conference "The Rule of Law in Retreat? Challenges for the Modern Commonwealth" to be held in Livingstone. Read more
CLA Concern over Kenyan authorities failure to uphold court judgments read our joint statement
CLA MOURN THE DEATH OF COUNCIL MEMBER ASMA JAHANGIR
Asma Jahangir, a Human Rights Lawyer, a Social and pro-democracy Activist from Pakistan passed away, due to a stroke she suffered, leading to brain hemorrhage, in Lahore on 11th February, 2018. She was a Council Member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association between the years 1996 to 2003. read more
CLA Welcomes new Executive Committee Member
CLA is delighted to announce that Mr John Almeida, Legal Director at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, London, has accepted the CLA Council's invitation to join the Executive Committee.
John practices in the areas of constitutional, general administrative and public law with particular experience of written constitutions. He is also experienced in international arbitrations involving investment, privatisation and infrastructure disputes, as well as in numerous ad hoc arbitrations and, including under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Represents foreign Governments, International Cooperation's. Appears frequently in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
CLA GLOBAL HUBS
On the 20th March, 2017, at the General Meeting of the CLA membership, members agreed to create four new regional hubs to increase engagement with the membership at regional level. While CLA London remains the Headquarters of CLA, the hubs will hold local meetings for CLA members, engage in small projects and come together on larger projects under CLA HQ's oversight. The Hubs will report to CLA London.
The four Hubs will be based in Europe, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Four existing CLA council members will act as custodians of the Hubs until 2019 when members will identify and elect four new Vice-Presidents to take up the roles.
Further information on the Hubs may be found on the Hubs home page by clicking here
Six past Presidents in conversation with Joshua Rosenberg.
In 2015 Six past Presidents of CLA met at the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow. In this rare interview they share their insights and thoughts on the CLA. Click here to view the video
For more information regarding the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting 2018
please visit the website by clicking on the logo
The Commonwealth Lawyer is only available to CLA members.
The Commonwealth Lawyer, Volume 28, No. 1
The Commonwealth Lawyer, Volume 27, No. 3