Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)


c/o Rule of Law Division Commonwealth Secretariat Marlborough House
Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HX UK

Telephone: (44) 20 7747 6415

Fax: (44) 20 7747 3649



Year established: 1971 Officers (2015):

President: David McQuoid-Mason (South Africa)

Vice Presidents:

Peter Slinn (UK)
Joe Silva (Sri Lanka) John Hatchard (UK)
Ros McDonald (Australia)


Patricia McKellar (UK) Michael Bromby (UK)

Aims and objectives:

The object of the Association is to advance education by fostering and promoting high standards of legal education in all Commonwealth countries. It does this by:

• Encouraging the provision of the facilities required to achieve high standards of legal education and research

• Networking between individuals, institutions, organisations and associations interested in legal education and research

• Assisting existing organisations and fostering the establishment of such bodies in appropriate circumstances

• Promoting and conducting research in the field of legal education

• Maintaining registers and publishing directories • Facilitating the exchange of students and researchers in the field of law

• Facilitating exchange of legal materials among institutions concerned with legal education and research

• Organising specialised, regional and general conferences of law teachers and others concerned with legal education and research

Main activities:

Commonwealth Moot; Commonwealth Student Essay Competition; Latimer House Toolkit Project; Cybercrime Initiative; biennial conference, UK, 2015; Magna Carta Project; and Commonwealth Law Lecture series.

Recent publications:

Quarterly newsletter and the Journal of Commonwealth Legal Education.