Events & Conferences

The Association organises a number of 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.

Biennial Conference

A biennial conference takes place every two years in a different part of the Commonwealth hosted by a Law School.  Details are given of recent conferences on the left.

Regional Events

Ed O’Brien International Street Law Best Practices Conference
A Conference to Honour Ed O’Brien and Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the First International Street Law Programme established at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal), South Africa, 1-3 April 2016

CLA Finance and Banking Master Workshop 2016
19-20 May, 2016, Limassol, Cyprus.  The Workshop will cover a variety of topics such as the 4th EU Directive on money laundering, Virtual Currencies, Cybercrime, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Corporate Social Responsibility and a look at banking of the future in the Commonwealth and provide an opportunity to exchange information with professional from across the globe.

National Seminar on Right to Health: Law and Ethics
7 February 2015, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India.  This seminar will look at the Right to Health through two strands: Constitutional and Human Rights Aspects, and Patent and Ethical Issues.

StreetLaw Workshop
12 April 2013, Durban, South Africa.  Prior to the CLEA Conference, this workshop will be facilitated by Lindi Coetzee from the Nelson Mandela Metroplitan University in Port Elizabeth and Lloyd Lotz from UKZN to demonstrate how they teach their student to go out into the community and educate community members in one area of law.

Southern African Commonwealth Lecture
A Conference on Access to Justice and Clinical Legal Education will be held in honour of CLEA President Professor David MacQuoid-Mason in Durban on 10 and 11 December 2012 which will incorporate the Southern African Commonwealth Lecture.

Commonwealth Moot

The Commonwealth Moot is an initiative of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA).

It is an ‘invitation-only’ Moot, being limited to representatives from regions of the Commonwealth, chosen, for this purpose to be North America, United Kingdom, Caribbean, South Asia (India), South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), South East Asia, South, West and East Africa, Australasia (Australia and New Zealand send separate teams), and the Pacific.  The teams compete for a shield, formerly known as the Turnbull Shield, but now referred to more often as the Commonwealth Shield. It has become a most prestigious moot as well, with the representative teams often having won large regional competitions.

Details of each Moot are given on the Biennial Conference pages listed on the left.

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