CLA are delighted to announce a Mediation Master Class with Professor Laurence Boulle Please see the flyer attached
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CLA Council member for Ghana and head of the Ghana Bar was among honoured guests at the recent Magna Carta celebrations at Buckingham Palace before her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
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Joint Statement on Malawi

Statement in support of the Magistrates and Judges Association
of Malawi

The Commonwealth Lawyer Association (CLA), The Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and The Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA) are concerned that constitutional and legislative provisions relating to the terms and conditions of service of the Malawi judiciary and by extension, of court personnel have been ignored by the current government of Malawi. This has led to the strike by the Judiciary and Court staff thus denying access to Justice for the population.

The conditions of service have been laid down in Section 114 of the Constitution and in the Judicial Service (Conditions of Service) Regulations 1997.

The Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on the Accountability of and the Relationship between the Three Branches of Government (2003), have been breached. As a result the independence of the judiciary and the Rule of Law have been severely jeopardised. The Principles state in Article IV(b) that “Arrangements for appropriate security of tenure and protection of levels of remuneration must be in place” and in IV(c) that “Adequate resources should be provided for the judicial system to operate
effectively without any undue constraints which may hamper the independent sought.”
The disregard of the decisions of the National Assembly and the constitutional safeguards for the independence of the judiciary constitute clear breaches of the Commonwealth Principles to which the Government of the Malawi has subscribed.

The Associations urge the Government of the Malawi to respect the independence of the judiciary and to comply with the relevant constitutional provisions, Commonwealth Principles and other relevant international standards.

Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA)
Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)

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CLA is a pan-Commonwealth organisation which seeks to uphold the rule of lawin the Commonwealth by encouraging exchange of ideas between legalprofessionals, academics and students, through projects and bydriving 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 interestto the profession over a four day period  In 2015 the 19th CommonwealthLaw Conference will be held in Glasgow 12-16 April  Our members receiveddiscounted rates to the event  For further information please go to theconference website 

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If you wish to register for the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow do not contact CLA as we cannot assist you  You must contact the conference organiser, Happening NI (see the conference website)


CLA and LexisNexis would like to congratulate the winner of the

2nd Commonwealth Law Conference Rule of Law Award

Upul Jayasuriya

We would like to thank all our members who nominated some outstanding candidates for this award. You made the judging panel's decision a difficult one.

A very special thanks to our judging panel (in alphabetical order): Justice Desiree Bernard, Chief Justice Robert French, Lord Igor Judge, Baroness Kennedy, and Justice Elsie Thompson who generously gave their time to consider all the nominations. We are grateful to you all. 

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 will be our 2nd chance to honour an individual lawyer whose contribution has inspired and influenced others around Commonwealth over the last two years.

A beautiful engraved trophy awaits this year's winner at the conclusion of the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow (12-16 April) when all the delegates will have an opportunity to see the winner accept his award We look forward to seeing your there

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