Maintaining and promoting the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth.

Sustainable Justice

The future role of the law

22nd Commonwealth Law Conference
Nassau, The Bahamas

5th – 9th September 2021

Super Early Bird Registration

Hear the sounds of Nassau

Join us in The Bahamas for one of the most
prestigious events on the global legal calendar

Set against the spectacular backdrop of crystal seas, picturesque cays, soft-sand beaches and dramatic sunsets, Nassau will play host to legal practitioners from all over the world to debate current issues in the profession, exchange views and share experiences with colleagues.

Guarantee your super early bird registration

A transferable deposit of just $150 guarantees you a discounted early bird rate.
Super Early Bird Registration

Become a conference partner

From now until 2021, connect with an international audience of senior lawyers and law firms
Partner Opportunities

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar 
Book & pay your delegate fee in full for your choice of 5-star accommodation

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a Caribbean resort that offers unmatched luxury, perched on the pristine white sands of
Nassau’s Cable Beach.

The Grand Hyatt is stylish and modern, offering stunning ocean views and an epic selection of pools.

Book & pay your delegate fee in full for your choice of 5-star accommodation

Super Early Bird Registration

Pay your delegate fee in full and you could secure this view from your room. Enjoy 5-star luxury accommodation for just $179 per room, per night.

In partnership with our hosts, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, we are offering CLC2021 delegates, that have paid in full, 5-star accommodation room rates at an exclusive fee of just $179 per room, a night.

If you are joining us from a developing country, book early to take advantage of one of 300 available rooms at $159 per room, per night and the Grand Hyatt is allowing up to four people per room

Super Early Bird Registration

Registration Categories Super Early Bird Early Bird Standard
USD USD USD
By end of Nov 2020 from 1st Dec 2020 to 31st May 2021 from 1st June to 31st August 2021
Developed Country CLA Member $1,170.00 $1,530.00 $1,800.00
Developing Country CLA Member $820.00 $1,070.00 $1,260.00
Developed Country CLA Non-Member $1,670.00 $2,185.00 $2,570.00
Developing Country CLA Non-Member $1,170.00 $1,530.00 $1,800.00
Young Lawyer CLA Member (Within 7 Years of Call) $435.00 $570.00 $670.00
Young Lawyer CLA Non-Member (Within 7 Years of Call) $625.00 $815.00 $960.00
CARICOM CLA Member $775.00 $1,010.00 $1,190.00
CARICOM CLA Non-Member $1,105.00 $1,445.00 $1,700.00
Gala Dinner $150.00
Accompanying Person (accompanying a paying delegate) $175.00

Bookings taken after the end of August 2021, or on-site, will be subject to an admin fee of $100 for card payments and $150 for cash, added to the standard rate.

Please note that your delegate fee balance will need to be paid in full before you can book your choice of 5-star accommodation. (When payment of your deposit has been confirmed, you will be sent a balance invoice. This will need to be paid before the indicated date, should you want to benefit from the stated price). Please remember that your deposit is transferrable but non-refundable. If at any point you find you cannot continue with your booking, you can pass this to a colleague.

To do this, please contact the registration team

3 simple steps to securing your choice
of 5-star accommodation

All meals are extra – choose from a wide variety of choices. Click here to view the restaurants and menus

Pay your delegate fee in full (and if you pay your deposit within the Early Bird window, you will get a discounted rate for this too!)

1

Once your delegate fee is paid in full, your email notification will contain a delegate confirmation code

2

Call the Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar on
+1 242 788 1234
and share your delegate code.
Reservations will advise you of the rooms you have to select from.

3

The Convention Centre

Baha Mar Grand Hyatt’s convention centre is a confluence of work and play.

It offers 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including one of the largest facilities in the Bahamas—the 82,000-square-foot Baha Mar Convention, Arts & Entertainment Centre. This impressive venue has a backdrop of ocean views, lush gardens, and venues accented with Bahamian art.

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The Organising Committee

Brian Speers

CLA President

Leah Almeida

Conference Manager

Brigid Watson

CLA Secretary General

Laurie Watt

CLA Treasurer

Melinda Maynard

Bahamian Representative

The Papers Committee

The committee are selected to reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth and their aim is to design a programme that reflects the latest issues faced by those in the profession, together with topical issues within the Commonwealth sphere.

The overarching theme aims to welcome and embrace the cultural diversity of the member states.

Brian Speers

Joint Chair / CLA President
(Northern Ireland)

Peter Maynard

CLA Vice-President Americas
(The Bahamas)

Mark Woods

Joint Chair / CLA Council
(Australia)

Linda Kasonde

CLA Vice President Africa
(Zambia)

Steven Thiru

CLA Vice President Australasia
(Malaysia)

Laurie Watt

CLA Treasurer
(England)

Santhaan Krishnan

CLA Immediate Past-President
(India)

Kathleen Keating

Lawyer, Adjudicator
(Canada)

Joanna Robinson

YCLA Group Representative
(England)

Brigid Watson

CLA Secretary General
(England)

Speakers

The programme and list of speakers will be announced later in the year, so please keep checking back for more updates.

Previous keynote speakers include Sekai Holland, The Rt Hon Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales and Commonwealth Secretary General, The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC.

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The 5th Commonwealth Law Conference

Rule Of Law Award

Sponsored By LexisNexis.

In 2013, CLA partnered with LexisNexis to establish a biennial award recognising an individual, institution or firm or lawyers who had made an outstanding contribution to the rule of law which had impact both within their own country and to the broader Commonwealth in the 2 years running up to the 2021 conference.

LexisNexis has a strong commitment to advancing the rule of law that unifies the Company across the globe and is passionately supported by its people.

The winner will be awarded a unique engraved trophy recognising their achievement and offered either paid travel and admission to the 22nd Commonwealth Law Conference in The Bahamas, or the opportunity to donate their prize in cash to a charity which they believe furthers the rule of law*. At the closing ceremony of the conference, the 2021 winner will be presented with the award on stage by the CLA President & representatives of LexisNexis, and will be recognised on the CLA website. 

Past winners of this prestigious award include Ambiga Sreenevasan (Malaysia), Thuli Madonsela (South Africa), Robin Sully (Canada) and Upul Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka). We hope you will be able to join us at CLC2021 in Nassau to congratulate the winner.  It is a really memorable event!

Application forms may be downloaded here, together with the rules of the competition. Applications close strictly on 31st May 2021 to allow time for the winner to be notified and arrange travel to The Bahamas. To nominate, complete and send the form to info@commonwealthlawyers.com, with the subject line “CLC Rule of Law Award 2021”.

No part, or improperly completed applications will be considered.  Please see the application form for competition rules. The judges’ decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

*Cash prize or US$5,000 donated to a charity of the winner’s choice or used to support their travel which will be arranged by the sponsor – no part cash payment will be available.

Moot

The Commonwealth Moot is an initiative of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) with judges drawn from the membership of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association.

It is an ‘invitation-only’ Moot, being limited to representatives from regions of the Commonwealth. Teams are selected from regional competitions or nominated by regional representatives. The regions, for  this purpose, are;  North America, United Kingdom, the Caribbean, South Asia -India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka,  South East Asia – Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Australasia (Australia and New Zealand send separate teams), and the South Pacific.

Further information about the CLEA Moot problem, Moot rules and registration documents will be available soon.

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The CLC2021 Programme

The programme will be announced later in the year, so please keep checking back for more updates. To be kept up to date, please sign up for our newsletter.

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Programme Coming Soon

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Accommodation

The Grand Hyatt ocean-front resort houses 1,800 rooms, including more than 230 luxury suites with one, two, or three bedrooms. Choose views of our dynamic Fountain Show or the iconic Cable Beach. All rooms include a Juliet or full balcony.

All accommodation is booked directly through Baha Mar Grand Hyatt. Please note that your delegate fee must be paid in full before you can book your choice of 5-star accommodation.

Your delegate fee must be paid in full before the indicated date, should you want to benefit from the stated price.

Here’s how the process will work:

  • When payment of your deposit has been confirmed, you will be sent a balance invoice.
  • Pending payment of your delegate fee in full, not just the deposit, you will be sent an individual accommodation code. This code should be stated when you call Baha Mar.

Please remember that your deposit is transferrable but non-refundable. If at any point you find you cannot continue with your booking, you can pass this to a colleague.

To do this, please contact the registration team

Accompanying Persons

You are welcome to bring accompanying guests. If you would like them to enjoy access to the welcome reception and to the opening & closing ceremonies, you can buy an accompanying persons ticket alongside yours, for only $175. Sorry, but this doesn’t include conference access or refreshments, but please take a look at the array of restaurants, spa treatments and excursions that they can enjoy.

Register

To register and pay your transferable deposit, please click here. Please note that your delegate balance will need to be paid in full before you can book your choice of 5-star accommodation.

When payment of your deposit has been confirmed, you will be sent a balance invoice. This will need to be paid before the indicated date, should you want to benefit from the stated price. Please remember that your deposit is transferrable but non-refundable. If at any point you find you cannot continue with your booking, you can pass this to a colleague.

To do this, please contact the registration team

Super Early Bird Registration

Developing Countries

We have introduced a discounted rate for those practicing or studying in these developing countries.

When you pay your deposit, if you are not a CLA member but want the developing country rate, you must be practicing or studying in one of the above-indicated developing countries.

Young Lawyers

We have introduced a discounted rate for Young Lawyers.

When you pay your deposit, if you are not a CLA member but want the Young Lawyer rate, you need to be within 7 years of call to the Bar and must provide your certificate or qualification award document.

When booking your accommodation note that the Grand Hyatt is allowing up to four people per room

Partnership Opportunites

Our CLC2021 programme promises to present topics which will interest lawyers, judiciary, academics, and law students. For sponsors, this is a unique opportunity to connect and network with an international audience of senior lawyers and law firms who are at the forefront of their fields of expertise.

As a CLC partner, you will gain significant visibility and demonstrate your support for the Commonwealth Law Association in achieving their objectives. From private practice lawyers and in-house counsel, to government officials, academics and young lawyers, you will have the chance to engage face-to-face with peers through the welcome reception, exhibition, Conference communications and the gala dinner.

To download partnership pack, click here

We have many great options available, but we can also customize a package for you based on your goals and budget for the event. Please contact secretariat@commonwealthlawconference.com to discuss possibilities.

Exhibition Space

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar offers 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including one of the largest facilities in the Bahamas—the 82,000-square-foot Baha Mar Convention, Arts & Entertainment Centre.

The conference backdrop offers breath-taking ocean views, lush gardens, and venues accented with Bahamian art.

To download partnership pack, click here

The Bahamas

Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is located on 21-mile-long New Providence, The Bahamas’ 11th largest island.

With the lure of a big city and the ease of tropical utopia, Nassau is considered by many as, well, paradise. Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is a bustling metropolitan hub full of culture, known for it’s warm hospitality, heritage and a colourful history.

To learn more about Nassau and the Bahamas, click here

Visa Information

In advance of booking your flights, please take a look at the visa requirements from your country of travel.

Travel & Transfers

We are currently working on securing a travel partner.
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Tours & Things To Do

From pristine beaches, ecotourism and pampering , to watersports, sight-seeing and fine dining, Nassau offers something for everyone.

Sunbound, our approved tours partner, has curated a number of bespoke tours & activities, exclusively for CLC2021 delegates and their accompanying partners.

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Powerboat Tour of Exuma Islands & Pig Beach

Visit multiple secluded beaches, stopping at Pig Beach to swim with the pigs. Including lunch and an Exumas tour from the powerboat.

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Sites & Tastes of the Bahamas

Enjoy sites & bites that cover the diverse history and culture of The Bahamas.

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Power Boat to Rose Island

Discover the real Bahamas on a 40ft custom powerboat, followed by a variety of watersports.

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SUB (Scenic Underwater Bubbles)

Cruise around the coral reef in your own underwater bubble submarine.

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Historical City Tour

Spend the afternoon reliving the historic beginnings of New Providence Island.

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Dolphin Experience

Meet these friendly animals for a short but unforgettable experience.

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Sea Lion Encounter

Learn about these wonderful creatures and you might get to experience a hug from one of them!

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Catamaran Trip

Set sail on one of these impressive vessels, heading to a popular snorkelling destination.

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Shopping Shuttle

Head Downtown and enjoy lunch, as well as Nassau’s famous Bay Street, known for its upscale boutiques.

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Get In Touch

To book your choice of 5-star accommodation, once you have paid your delegate fee in full, please call Baha Mar Grand Hyatt reservations on +1 866-238-8235

Sustainable Justice

The Future Role of The Law

22nd Commonwealth Law Conference

in Nassau, The Bahamas | 5th – 9th September 2021