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 every two years.  The next conference, our 20th Commonwealth Law 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 and register your interest.  

CLA also supports a number of smaller regular 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 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 "Activities" section. 

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


CLA to produce film with ITN Productions

The CLA is delighted to announce a new project in conjunction with ITN Productions. 

The project entitled  "Practice makes Perfect: upholding the rule of law in the global community" will examine current challenges for the profession including areas such as: the use of the Death Penalty in the Commonwealth; Cybercrime, the use of Drones, and Prisoners' rights while incarcerated. The project will launch at the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference 2017.

There are opportunities for sponsorship for the promotion of your firm's contribution to the profession.  If you would like to explore the possibility of sponsoring a segment around one of the key topics above please contact:  

George Sims email: George.Sims@ITN.co.uk 

For further details of the project please see our vision interview with Hon. Life President Colin Nicholls QC below.



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    


Announcement Commonwealth Law Conference Foundation 2017 Grants (Members Only) 

The Commonwealth Law Conference Foundation exists for the furtherance on the CLA's Commonwealth Law Conference.  From time to time the Foundation are able to offer limited grants to CLA members who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference subject to meeting the guidelines.  For further information please log in to the members' area. 

Malaysian Bar says 

thank you CLA for your support 

You will recall earlier this year the CLA joined a number of other international organisations to support the Malaysian Bar in their efforts to defend the profession against 

We are delighted to share with you here a letter received from the Malaysian Bar in relation to CLA's support.  Read here

CLImage result for photo of willie kimaniA Shocked over murder of Kenyan lawyer Willie Kimani 

The President of the CLA calls joins the Law Society of Kenya in condemning the killing of local lawyer Willie Kimani and his client. 

Read our statement

  CLA expresses Grave concern 

over scheduled execution 


Motiur Rahman Nizami and Mir    Quasem Ali

Read our statement

CLA supports opposition to proposed changes to Malaysian Legal Profession Act 

Earlier today CLA President, Mr Alexander Ward supported colleagues from around the globe in opposing changes 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  25 No. 2                                                                Vol 25 No. 1


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