About Us

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 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 2019.  No destination has yet been decided for the conference and it is not expected to be announced until late 2017.  

CLA also supports a number of smaller regular events throughout the Commonwealth (see our conference and events report section) and recently held a Mediation event in Belfast. We are currently making plans for an event in the spring of 2018. 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. 


Interested in membership?

If you would like to become a member of CLA please use the Join Us link in the main menu.  If you have questions about membership levels, costs, or benefits? click here for more information (all membership is subject to terms and conditions)

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CLA & ITN Programme

"Practice makes Perfect: upholding the rule of law in the global community" 

Launched at thee 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Melbourne and is now available for viewing (see main menu above) If you wish to investigate opportunities for sponsorship of a further project please contact us.  

         



CLA congratulate the winner of the 3rd Commonwealth Law Conference Rule of Law Award 2017, Advocate Thuli Madonsela

in 2013 the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) partnered with Lexis Nexis to recognise a legal group, law firm or individual who had made an outstanding contribution to the rule of law  Read more    


CLA NEWS 

Threats Issued Against the Kenyan Judiciary

in relation to electoral dispute resolutions

read our joint statement


CLA mindful of President Trump's Immigration Executive Order read more 

Concerns over lawyer arrest in Cameroon 

The CLA, CJMA and CLEA would like to express concern over the recent arrests of lawyers and judges in the Cameroon. read more

Our Past President in the Press

CLA Immediate Past President Alexander Ward talks to the Scottish press on Brexit and the CLC2017 read more 

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 


Upcoming events

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

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

Read our statement


CLA PUBLICATIONS 

Blog posts


The Commonwealth Lawyer is only available to CLA members.  

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           The Commonwealth Lawyer                                          The Commonwealth Lawyer 

            Vol  27 No. 1                                                                     Vol 25 No. 3


                  


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