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22nd Commonwealth Law Conference in Nassau, The Bahamas

5th – 9th September 2021

Super Early Bird Registration

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

This special conference room rate is only available until 1st August 2021, after which hotel booking will be at standard Grand Hyatt rates

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 31st January 2021 from 1st Feb 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

*** Please email contact the registration team for details of group bookings

Bookings taken after the end of August 2021, or on-site, will be subject to an admin fee of $100 per person for card payments and $150 per person 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. **Please note the additional cancellation policy should the conference be affected by COVID.

To transfer a booking, 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

Whats on and when:

The CLC2021 Programme

The Papers Committee for the conference are pleased to share here the first draft of the main programme.

This will continue to be developed over the coming months so, please keep checking in for more details. Other plans will include a programme for Bar Association Leaders, one for the CEO’s of Bar Association’s and another for our Young Lawyers, all of which will take place on registration day, Sunday 5th September 2021

Select a day

Event Streams

10.30-11.00 Registration, Chair's Introduction and President's Welcome
11.30-12.15 Keynote
12.15-13.00 Session 1
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Session 2
15.30 - 16.00 Tea/Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.30 Sessions 3 and 4
9.30 - 11.00 Session 1
11.00 - 11.30 Tea Break
11.30 - 13.00 Session 2
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 -15.30 Session 3
15.30 - 16.30 Tea/Coffee Break and Sign in to the General Meeting
16.30 - 17.30 General Meeting
9.30 - 11.00 Council Meeting
11.00 - 11.30 Tea Break
11.30 - 13.00 Bar Association Leaders Forum Session 1 - by Invitation Only
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Bar Association Leaders Forum Session 2 - by Invitation Only
15.30 - 16.30 Tea/Coffee Break and Sign in to the General Meeting
16.30 - 17.30 General Meeting

Event Streams

8.00 - 9.30 Opening Ceremony
9.30 - 11.00 Keynote Plenary 1
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 A1 : Is your legal practice sustainable if you can be replaced by algorithms and robots?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 A2 : Post-Brexit trade in the Commonwealth
15.30 - 16.00 Tea break
16.00 - 17.30 A3 : Sustainable Global Governance: are UN bodies and the World Trade Organisation fit for purpose?
8.00 - 9.30 Opening Ceremony
9.30 - 11.00 Keynote Plenary 1
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.00 B1 : Is democracy sustainable, given the rise of autocracy?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 B2 : Refugee Rights in the face of the “Me First” State
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 B3: Black Lives Matter in the Commonwealth
8.00 - 9.30 Opening Ceremony
9.30 – 11.00 Keynote Plenary 1
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.00 C1 : Judicial education: from Bar to Bench and beyond
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 C2 : What do new lawyers qualifying today need to know?
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 C3 : Mandatory mediation: can it ever work?
8.00 - 9.30 Opening Ceremony
9.30 - 11.00 Keynote Plenary 1
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 D1 : Sexism in the legal profession: time’s up
13.00 -14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 D2 : Do we have a right to enjoy a healthy environment? How can we enforce it?
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 D3 : Lawyers and international money laundering
8.30 - 9.30 Opening Ceremony
9.30 - 11.00 Keynote Plenary 1
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.00 E1 : Coming Soon
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 E2 : How do we discuss slavery?
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 E3 : Saving the Planet Without Getting Paid – Legal Pro Bono and its Impact on Climate

Event Streams

8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 2
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 A4 : Financial Services: best practices and the uniform application of standards
11.45 - 13.00 A5 : Attorney-client privilege in the 2020s
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 A6 : The Dark Web and how it distorts commerce
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 A7 : Government procurement: how to prevent con men from getting away with the loot?
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 2
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 B4 : Whither the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council?
11.45 - 13.00 B5 : Climate change: the rights of a citizen
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 B6 : Freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly in political protests
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 B7 : Freedom of movement in the face of public health emergency: lessons from COVID-19
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 2
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 C4 : Judicial appointments: developments in process and transparency
11.45 - 13.00 C5 : Judicial oversight and accountability: the rise of the watchdog
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 C6 : In-court advocacy after COVID-19: do we need it at all?
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 C7 : Litigation funding: Access to justice? Or the piper calling the tune?
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 2
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 D4 : Torture in the Commonwealth: do the ends justify the means ?
11.45 - 13.00 D5 : Taking the courthouse to the people: will travelling courts bring access to justice?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 -15.30 D6 : Indigenous land rights: how can they be asserted and protected?
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 D7 : Is the adversarial system a sustainable path to justice?
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 2
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 E4 : International Aid and the Rule of Law
11.45 - 13.00 E5 : Hong Kong National Security Law
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 E6 : Justice for those with disabilities: best practice across the Commonwealth
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 E7 : Artificial Intelligence: a key to sustainable justice?

Event Streams

8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 3
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 A8 : Corporate Governance: the bigger picture
11.45 - 13.00 A9 : Corporate environmental responsibility: an oxymoron?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 A10 : Belt and Road Initiative: taking stock
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 A11 : Are national and regional currencies built on shifting sand? Do monetary and exchange control policies impede trade and development?
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 3
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 B8 : Prorogation of Parliament: sovereignty versus accountability
11.45 - 13.00 B9 : Freedom of religion: can protection against persecution justify infringement of the right to equality? The case of Indian Muslims
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
13.00 - 15.30 B10 : Assisted Suicide: does the Right to Life encompass the Right to Die?
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 B11 : The death penalty in the Commonwealth - is there progress towards abolition?
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 3
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 C8 : Will your legal practice survive in the 2020s? Essentials for maintaining a successful law practice
11.45 -13.00 C9 : Regulation of the legal profession: too much, by too many, for the benefit of too few?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 C10 : Protecting the Fourth Estate: can the law sustain a free press when states threaten journalistic freedom?
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 C11 : CLEA Commonwealth Moot Final
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 3
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 D8 : Ecocide: a crime against humanity?
11.45 - 13.00 D9 : Trans-border family property disputes
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 D10 : State defiance of International Law: law of the sea and beyond, in the 21st Century
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 D11: Sports post Covid-sustaining the sporting model
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 3
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 E8 : Lay advocacy in the Commonwealth – threats or opportunities for the legal profession?
11.45 - 13.00 E9 : How do we support lawyers' mental health?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 E10: Nigerian widows challenge Royal Dutch Shell
15.30 - 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 - 17.30 E11 : Reproductive technology and surrogacy arrangements: best practice across the Commonwealth

Event Streams

8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 4
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 A12 : AI, Blockchain, Emerging Technologies and E-Commerce
11.45 - 13.15 Closing Ceremony
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 4
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 B12 : Child protection in the Commonwealth: are we doing enough?
11.45 - 13.15 Closing Ceremony
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 4
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 C12 : Public Interest Litigation
11.45- 13.15 Closing Ceremony
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 4
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 D12 : Does ADR have a place in criminal law?
11.45 - 13.15 Closing Ceremony
8.30 - 10.00 Keynote Plenary 4
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 - 11.45 E12 : Professionals make mistakes: how can they be effectively insured?
11.45 - 13.15 Closing Ceremony

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 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

Brigid Watson

CLA Secretary General

Leah Almeida

Conference Manager

Brian Speers

CLA President

Laurie Watt

CLA Treasurer

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)

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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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

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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

Commonwealth Law Conference Foundation

Grants available to provide successful applicants with the funds to attend the conference, include the accommodation and travel costs.

Applicants are required to write an explanation of the key elements of the conference programme that are relevant to them and provide a breakdown of the costs to attend.

As part of the agreement, successful applicants will also be required to write an article about their experiences of the event within 3 months of the end of the conference, which may be used in CLA publications. The deadline for applications is 31st May 2021.

To apply for the grant, please click on the link here for the application form and full details and conditions

Note that your application will be required to be sent to the Foundation (not CLA) and you will receive a response directly from them.

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. To get the best fare, most airlines require a Saturday night stay-over, so it is highly recommended to arrive into Nassau as early as Thursday the 2nd and no later than Saturday 4th September 2021. You will be able to book flights as far out as 364 days prior to your departure so around September 2020.

To keep up to date with future delegate offers and notification of when flights go online, please sign up for our newsletter here

In the meantime, here is some useful information:

BRITISH AIRWAYS

BA has non-stop weekly flights in and out of Nassau from London Heathrow on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.  CLC2021 begins on Sunday 5th September and our special conference rates at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar begin on Thursday 2nd Sept and extend to check out on Sunday 12th Sept. This lines up perfectly for those who may want to take advantage of a pre or post-conference stay to enjoy the beauty of the Bahamas islands. From those destination points served by BA, you can connect through LHR to Nassau whether coming just for the conference (arriving Saturday to Thursday) or longer. The BA flight sales often offer fare reductions of around 40%-50%, in both Economy and Business Class.  Keep an eye on ba.com.

QATAR AIRWAYS

For delegates traveling from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Qatar Airways offers a non-stop daily flight from Doha to Miami, connecting with American Airlines for a short 1-hour flight to Nassau.  Qatar Airways also has a daily non-stop service to New York, with a connecting service on Jet Blue to Nassau. Depending on your choice, you can arrive as early as 4pm or as late as 11:30pm into Nassau. Qatar Airways offers a service from multiple points including the following destinations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific:

AFRICA – Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania.

ASIA – India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

PACIFIC – Australia and New Zealand

Keep an eye on qatarairways.com

And if you are traveling from other locations:

CANADA – A non-stop service to Nassau is offered from Toronto and other gateways by Air Canada and West Jet.

CARIBBEAN AND OTHER AREAS – American Airlines offer a service from multiple destinations worldwide including most of the Caribbean airlines to Nassau, via their Miami hub.

BahamasIr offers a service from Miami to Nassau.

Caribbean Airlines offers a non-stop service from Kingston, Jamaica to Nassau and also from other Caribbean destinations via Jamaica.

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.

Click here for more info & booking

Sites & Tastes of the Bahamas

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

Click here for more info & booking

Power Boat to Rose Island

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

Click here for more info & booking

SUB (Scenic Underwater Bubbles)

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

Click here for more info & booking

Historical City Tour

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

Click here for more info & booking

Dolphin Experience

Meet these friendly animals for a short but unforgettable experience.

Click here for more info & booking

Sea Lion Encounter

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

Click here for more info & booking

Catamaran Trip

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

Click here for more info & booking

Shopping Shuttle

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

Click here for more info & booking

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