Professor David MacQuoid-Mason
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
Hut 11, Howard College Campus
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: +27 (031) 260 2189
Fax: +27 (031) 260 1540
Dr Peter Slinn
Dr Joe Silva
Professor John Hatchard
Open University, UK
CLEA Executive Committee Members/Regional Representatives
Professor David Barker
Faculty of Law
University of Technology Sydney
Kuring-gai Campus, PO Box 222
Tel: +44 (0)208 417 6964
Government of the British Virgin
British Virgin Islands
Faculty of Law, University of
Windsor, 401 Sunset Windsor
Ontario N9B 3P4
Professor Patricia Kameri-Mbote
Faculty of Law, University of
University of Lagos
South Asia (Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
Raj Mohan (Sri Lanka)
Deputy Director of Customs
Sri Lanka Customs
Colombo 11, Sri Lanka
Director, Indian Law Institute
Bhagwan Dass Road,
New Delhi-110 001
South East Asia (Hong Kong,
Malaysia & Singapore)
Professor Dr Rajesh Sharma
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon
Hong Kong SAR
Legal and Constitutional Affairs
About the Commonwealth Legal Education Association
The CLEA fosters and promotes high standards of legal education in the Commonwealth. Founded in 1971, it is a Commonwealth-wide body with regional Chapters and Committees (see left, under Who’s Who for regional contact details) in South Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.
The Association’s goal is to make legal education socially relevant and professionally useful, particularly through:
• the development of law curricula and teaching methodologies;
• assisting law schools to prepare themselves for the demands of the profession in the context of the information revolution and other global challenges; and
• supporting continuing legal education and distance learning programmes.
Whilst this goal may be relevant to all jurisdictions across the world, the Association’s focus is on the Nations belonging to the Commonwealth, legal systems based or drawn from the Anglo-American tradition, or the Common law.
Who We Are
The list on the left gives the names of the key contacts, and the map below indicates the Commonwealth Nations and the locations of the key contacts and past conferences.
To join the Association as an individual or institutional member, please complete our CLEA Membership Form. The benefits of membership include our online open access peer reviewed journal and newsletter as well as learning and teaching resources which can be adapted for use in law teaching. We run a very successful biennial Conference which links with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) Conference. We are also responsible for the Commonwealth Moot, a prestigious competition for law students, with regional heats and a final which takes place at the CLA conference and is decided by Judges from the Commonwealth. We also provide a focal point for a network work of law teachers throughout the Commonwealth who have a shared interest in the teaching of law.
We maintain a database of contacts ranging from individuals, schools of law to other professional, regulatory and state institutions concerned with legal education and research. To sign up, please enter your email address on the Publications page.
The Association’s Programme of Action is based on the need to make legal education socially relevant and professionally useful. The following headings list some of the CLEA activities with which the wider membership can engage in order to assist the Association.
Publications and Research
• The CLEA Newsletter is published twice a year and contains news and views about law and legal education developments in the Commonwealth.
• The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education is published twice a year by the Open University and contains peer-reviewed articles. The Journal welcomes a range of contributions from those who consider themselves as primarily teachers of law, those who are primarily researchers or scholars and those whose main work is in legal practice or judicial responsibilities.
• A variety of books on law and legal education in the Commonwealth is also published on an ad hoc basis.
The Association’s website provides access to a wide range of Commonwealth legal materials, model curricula and publications. We also provide links to other organisations.
The Association organises regular international and regional conferences and seminars. Recently, it has organised/co-sponsored conferences on topics such as law and development, human rights and just and honest government, as well as on legal education. Venues have included Australia, Nigeria, Cayman Islands, UK, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Africa, Canada and Kenya. Forthcoming events are listed on our conference page.
Commonwealth Law Lecture Series
This is a unique series that takes place on a Commonwealth-wide basis. Lectures are given by leading legal academics and judges. Details will be advertised as and when they arise.
The Association is committed to developing new curricula that reflect both the importance of Commonwealth jurisprudence and the need for law schools in the Commonwealth (and beyond) to equip their students to meet the demands of the 21st century lawyer. Subjects include:
• human rights for the Commonwealth;
• transnational crime/anti-terrorism law;
• environmental justice (in preparation);
• international trade law (in preparation).
Strengthening Law Schools
• Providing training and materials for the teaching of a transnational crime course
• Assisting in the distribution of law books to Commonwealth law schools.
• Establishing the Commonwealth Legal Education Research Centre in Cameroon.
Strengthening the Harare Commonwealth Principles
The Association works with the Commonwealth and three other Commonwealth professional organisations: the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, on the development of the Latimer House Guidelines for the Commonwealth.
The Association supports the work of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.
Activities for Law Students
The Commonwealth Moot Competition is held biennially, with the last three competitions being held in Malaysia, United Kingdom and Kenya.
The Commonwealth Students’ Essay Competition is also held biennially
For further information on the work of the Association and details of membership, please contact one of the executive members (listed on left) or write to:
The General Secretary,
Commonwealth Legal Education Association
London SW1Y 5HX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 6415
Fax: +44 (0)20 7004 3649