Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education

The aim of the Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (the Journal) is to foster and promote high standards of legal education in the Commonwealth. It does this by providing a platform for early career and established academics, and others involved in law and legal education, throughout the Commonwealth to publish their work and share scholarship, innovation and best practice on a wide variety of legal matters and themes.

It is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal published in collaboration with the Open University School of Law and is the official journal of the Association.

Latest journal edition

JCLLE Volume 12.1 Autumn 2017

In addition to the full version, each document from JCLLE is available to download separately:


Opinion Pieces


Book reviews

History of the Journal

In 1994, the then President of the CLEA, Professor N R Menon, drew attention to the need to make legal education socially relevant and professionally useful; for law schools to prepare themselves for the demands of the profession in the context of the information revolution and other global challenges and to support continuing legal education and distance learning programmes.

In 2000, a proposal was made at a CLEA meeting in Adelaide, Australia to found a fully refereed journal devoted to law and legal education in the Commonwealth as a way of strengthening the aims of the CLEA. Given that The Open University is the world leader in supported open learning and The OU Law School has brought major innovation to legal education and made the study of law accessible to a wide range of students, it was most appropriate for the journal to find a home at the Law School.

Writing and reviewing opportunities

The Journal welcomes submissions from fledging and established academics throughout the Commonwealth, including postgraduate students and tutors.  Contributions from others involved in Commonwealth law, such as practitioners, would also be encouraged.  For further information, please read the Journal’s submission guidlines (link not yet live).

The editors are always happy to discuss ideas for contributions to the Journal.  They can be contacted at

The Journal is also currently looking to add to its list of peer-reviewers.  If you are interested in joining the panel, please also contact the editors.

Past Issues of the Journal

Please visit the links below to the Open University for the most recent issues:

JCLLE Volume 9.1 Spring 2013

JCLLE Volume 8.2 Spring 2012

JCLLE Volume 8.1 October 2011

JCLLE Volume 8.1 addendum

For historical issues published by Taylor & Francis prior to 2010, links are also provided below.

View all previous volumes published by Taylor and Francis.