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CLEA Newsletter

CLEA 2017 Conference alert!

The Association hosts a biennial conference, typically at the same time and location as the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference (see below). We will be hosting a legal education conference in Melbourne Australia in 2017. We will announce details on our CLEA Conferences section of our website when a local host institution has been agreed. Please contact the CLEA General Secretaries Michael Bromby or Patricia McKellar for any queries.

Commonwealth Lawyers Conference

The Law Institute of Victoria has won its bid to host the prestigious 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Melbourne, Australia in March 2017. The last time the conference was in Australia was 2003 when it was also held by the Law Institute of Victoria with the support of the Law Council of Australia. That conference was highly successful and attended by over 1000 delegates. Further details can be found at

CLA Workshop on Finance & Banking

CLEA are supporting the Commonwealth Lawyers Association's master workshop to be held in Cyprus 19-20 May 2016. Cyprus is recognised internationally as a country where Finance and Banking play a prominent role and this workshop is aimed at a variety of practitioners and academics. for further details see:

Recent Joint Statement

On 1 July 2015, LA, CLEA, CMJA issue a statement on the failure of the South African State to abide by court orders for the arrest of Al-Bashir in line with their ICC obligations. See for full details of the statement.

ALRC 40 Years of Law Reform

Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President, Australian Law Reform Commission gave a speech marking the 40 years of Australian Law Reform Commission. For further details, see:

Free open-access resouces: MOOCs for online learning

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are becoming popular ways of online learning - some recommended resources for legal education

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In the 800th year of Magna Carta, two MOOCs have used this historic legal charter to develop online learning resources for the modern day. Starting in November 2016, the FutureLearn MOOC developed by the British Council called Exploring English: Magna Carta is aimed primarily at non-native English speakers, examining the role the Magna Carta has played in shaping history – from American independence to liberation movements around the world.
Earlier this year, a Coursera MOOC developed by the University of London Freedom and protest: Magna Carta and its legacies still has resources available on its website.
A variety of free and easy to use MOOCs are listed at


Commonwealth Reception

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CLEA President attended a Commonwealth Reception in London on behalf of CLEA

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Professor David McQuoid-Mason, President of CLEA, was in London to attend the Commonwealth Reception held by HM Queen Elizabeth II. While in London he took the opportunity to meet with Patricia McKellar, Joint General Secretary of CLEA. Patricia was able to bring David up to date with CLEA activities and discuss forthcoming projects. David travels worldwide to teach students and law schools about Street Law and it is hoped that this form of skills development can be incorporated into CLEA future activities. His next destination is in Jamaica where he will be doing a Street Law workshop. David will be back in the UK in the Spring.

Ed O’Brien International Street Law Best Practices Conference

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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

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The School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal invites law teachers, law clinicians and educators involved in Street Law and legal literacy programs from around the world submit abstracts of best practices lessons of not more than 300 words for an exciting International Ed O’Brien Street Law Best Practices Conference (1-3 April 2016) to honour Ed O’Brien and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the First International Street Law Program established at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal), South Africa in 1986. The Conference will enable participants to share their best practices lessons used in Street Law or law clinic outreach programs with colleagues from other countries.


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