The Commonwealth Lawyers Association is pleased to announce the election of its new President, Mr R.Santhanakrisnan at the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Melbourne, Australia.   

Speaking to a full house at the Gala dinner in Melbourne, Mr Ramamurthi

 said he was passionate about lawyers who are passionate about the  rule of law and he looks forward to the next two years of his Presidency.

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. 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 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 Launch ITN Programme

The project entitled  "Practice makes Perfect: upholding the rule of law in the global community" examines 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. 

It 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 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 

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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


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