Call for Papers

Educating the Commonwealth Lawyers of the Future

Melbourne, Australia


The Commonwealth Legal Education Association invites law teachers and practitioners from around the Commonwealth and other Common law jurisdictions to submit abstracts of papers (of not more than 500 words) for this forthcoming conference. Abstracts for the first call for papers should be submitted by 31 October 2016 for early consideration and a second call for papers will close on 31 December 2016.  Acceptances will be intimated within two weeks of the closing dates and in some cases within three weeks of receipt, subject to the availability of spaces within the conference programme.  The CLEA Conference will take place on 22-23 March 2017, at the Victoria University’s City Convention Centre in the centre of Melbourne.

Conference Themes

Today’s law students live in an ever changing world. Globalisation profoundly affects our life experience, competition is much greater than ever before and technology has opened our minds in a way not previously imagined. Tomorrow’s lawyers need to be more capable of responding to change. They need to be capable of functioning in that new world and legal education needs to be able to adapt to prepare them. Commonwealth countries share certain common legal traditions but how far do the similarities extend to cross border education and professional mobility? How will law schools in the Commonwealth deal with change to provide law students with the tools they need?

The conference will comprise a series of strands which will include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Developing an inclusive practice to equality of access to legal education in the Commonwealth and other Common law countries (Commonwealth Theme 2016)
  • The role of ethics in legal education in the Commonwealth
  • The challenges of teaching law in small jurisdictions in the Commonwealth
  • Clinical legal eduction in the Commonwealth and other Common law countries
  • Encouraging human rights teaching in the Commonwealth and other Common law countries
  • Preventing corruption and the misuse of public office: How can law teachers assist in fighting the scourge of corruption in the Commonwealth and other Common law countries?
  • Best practice in teaching of Islamic law in the curricula of Commonwealth and other Common law country law schools
  • How mobile is the common law LLB?

Delegates are also invited to submit abstracts on other topics of interest to the legal education community in the Commonwealth and Common law jurisdictions.

Please submit your abstract of 500 words to: the CLEA EasyChair site indicating which author(s) will attend to deliver the paper at the conference.

The conference will include the Commonwealth Lecture which is part of an international lecture series. Previous lectures have been delivered in South Africa, Ghana and the UK.

Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education

Authors and presenters are invited to submit their papers for inclusion in a special Conference Edition of the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (the CLEA’s official Journal, published in conjunction with the Open University).  Full draft papers will be required by 30th April 2017 for consideration.  Detailed submission guidelines are given at  The editors can be contacted at

Conference Registration Fees

$150AUD Developing Countries and full time PhD students
$450AUD Developed Countries

A variety of accommodation options are available and recommended conference hotels will be listed on this page in due course.

The conference organiser is Michael Bromby and he can be contacted at

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