SA Government fail to arrest President Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan for crimes against humanity
The Commonwealth LegalEducation Association (CLEA), the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) andthe Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA) are concerned thatthe South African Government ignored a North GautengHigh Court interim order preventing President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan who is wantedfor crimes against humanity from leaving the country with the result that awarrant for his arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) couldnot be executed.
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New Zealand mourns the passing of John Marshall QC

John Marshall QC calmly and resolutely led NewZealand’s legal profession through significant changes and with his death NewZealand has lost an outstanding lawyer



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Commonwealth Rule of Law award winner donates prize to journalist's widow

Upul Jayasuriya, formerpresident of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), was the second recipientof the Commonwealth Lawyers Association Rule of Law Award in conjunction with LexisNexis.

On: 5th June 2015 Read more


In the coming weeks we will be making a number of changes to our website and membership service.  This may result in some periods where there is a temporary loss of service on the website.  These changes are necessary for the upgrading of the site which will ultimately result in a better service for members.   Thank you for your support and understanding during this change period.

We have moved to: 88 Kingsway, London, WC2B6AA 

The phone, fax and email at the old Russell Square address no longer function PLEASE DO NOT USE THE OLD email address as we will not receive your email  

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20th Commonwealth Law Conference Tender Opens

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that the tender for host countries for the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference 2017 is now open

Enquiries and applications to host  will only be accepted from a legal regulatory body, Bar Council or, Law Society in a Commonwealth member state. 

No telephone enquiries will be accepted. To formally register interest (only eligible persons as above please) email us:  with the subject line "CLC2017 Host"completed tenders must be lodged with the Secretariat in London by no later than 5th August 2015 (London Time) with an announcement expected in October 2015. No bids received after the closing date will be accepted

Please note that applications made only be made via the Secretariat and not via any other representative of CLA.


CLA is a pan-Commonwealth organisation which seeks to uphold the rule of law in the Commonwealth by encouraging exchange of ideas between legal professionals, academics and students, through projects and by driving improvements in legal education.  It holds a number of shortevents throughout the year and has a biennial conference the Commonwealth Lawconference which regularly attracts over 1,000 delegates including some ofthe finest legal professionals in the world today to discuss issues of interest to the profession over a four day period  In 2016 the CLA will continue its series bringing international workshops to local jurisdictions See below for details


This two day Master Workshop in conjunction with the Cyprus Bar is another in our series of "international excellence in your local jurisdiction" events.  For further information and to register interest please visit the website
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