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 on Commonwealth working groups and projects, 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 events in Namibia and 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.
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If you would like to become a member of CLA please use the "Join Us" tab in the main menu above. Do you have questions about membership levels, costs, or benefits? click here for more information (all membership is subject to terms and conditions)
Our members have access to the membership directory, special offers, and events are regularly offered exclusively to CLA members in the online members area.
Join legal professionals from all over the world at our biennial conference or regional events or find other members in your area. Simply use the "join us" tab above.
OFFICE CLOSING DATES FOR CHRISTMAS 2017
Please note our office will be closed from Thursday 14th December, 2017 to 3rd January, 2018. During that time we will not be able to respond to your emails.
CLA & ITN Programme
Launched at thee 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Melbourne and is now available for viewing. If you wish to investigate opportunities for sponsorship of a further project please contact us. To view the programme click on the title link VIEW PROGRAMME
To view other CLA projects click here
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
WELCOME TO THE CLA HUBS
On the 20th March, 2017 at the General Meeting of the CLA Membership, members agreed to create four new regional hubs to increase engagement with the membership at regional level. While CLA London remains the Headquarters of CLA, the hubs will hold local meetings for CLA members, engage in small projects and come together on larger projects under CLA HQ's oversight. The Hubs will report to CLA London.
The four Hubs will be based in Europe, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Four existing CLA council members will act as custodians of the Hubs until 2019 when members will identify and elect four new Vice-Presidents to take up the roles.
Further information on the Hubs may be found on the Hubs home page by clicking here
Six past Presidents in conversation with Joshua Rosenberg.
In 2015 Six past Presidents of CLA met at the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow. In this rare interview they share their insights and thoughts on the CLA. Click here to view the video
The Commonwealth Lawyer is only available to CLA members.
Please view under "members" in the main menu.
WE REGRET THAT, DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THERE WILL BE NO AUGUST 2017 ISSUE.
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