Commnwealth Exhibition wins Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee Grant

2015 will mark the 800thanniversary of the Magna Carta which sets out the fundamental legal rights and freedoms of all citizens in Britain and is included in many Commonwealth constitutions.    

Lord Denning described Magna Carta as, "the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot".

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA), in partnership with the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA) and the Commonwealth Legal Education Association(CLEA) are pleased to announce that they have received a grant from the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee. 

On: 17TH OCTOBER 2014 Read more
CLA Supports Malaysian Bar's Actions to Reform 1948 Sedition Act

The CLA has for some time now monitored with concern the growing number of cases brought to the courts under the outdated Sedition Act 1948.

CLA noted its disappointed that on the 21st February, the Kuala Lumpur High Court found the late well-known constitutional lawyer Mr Karpal Singh guilty of committing sedition against the Sultan of Perak in 2009 for saying his decision to replace the state’s MentriBesar (meaning the Chief Minister of the state government of Perak, one of the states in Malaysia) is justifiable and could therefore be challenged in a court of law.

On: 10th October, 2014 Read more
Invitation to tender Commonwealth Law Conference 2017 - PCO
The Professional Conference Organisers tender for CLC2017 is now closed
On: August 2014 Read more
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 short events throughout the year and has a biennial conference the Commonwealth Law conference which regularly attracts over 1,000 delegates including some of the finest legal professionals in the world today to discuss issues of interest to the profession over a four day period  In 2015 the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference will be held in Glasgow 12-16 April  Our members received discounted rates to the event  For further information please go to the conference website  If you are interested in becoming a member of CLA please use the membership tab above to see more details  Membership enquiries should be address to the dedicated membership address:
2nd COMMONWEALTH Law Conference Rule of Law Award 2015
Applications are now open for this prestigious Commonwealth award kindly sponsored by LexisNexis.
Those who attended CLC2013 will be familiar with our inaugural award and it winner Ms Robin Sully, a Canadian lawyer, whose very special career has led to an outstanding contribution to the rule of law both in Canada and across the Commonwealth. This our 2nd award will be your chance to honour another firm or individual lawyer whose contribution has influenced others around Commonwealth over the last two years.
This beautiful engraved trophy awaits our winner together with travel and accommodation* from your home country to the CLC2015 and conference entry for the full four days (*subject to maximum see terms and conditions) Nominations forms are available at
Closing date for applications is November 30, 2014
How Much do You Know About the Commonwealth??
Commonwealth Leagal Information Institute
Contact Details

17 Russell Square,
London, WC1B 5DR,

UK Tel: +44 (0)207 862 8824      
Fax: +44 (0)207 862 8816

For membership or subscription enquiries please contact
Membership Services:
Copyright 2012 The Commonwealth Lawyers Association