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CLEA Newsletter

Re-launch of our Newsletter and Journal

The newsletter is now is a new format, using JISCmail. This will be a more dynamic newsletter delivered to your email rather than our traditional print newsletter. If you have news items, updates or entries for the next newsletter, please contact Michael Bromby.
The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (JoCLLE) is run by the Open University in the UK. There is a new editorial team in place and a call for papers closes Friday 4th September 2015. Details are in the full article below.

CLEA blog and news feed

Our website has regular news updates on our blog section with details of all our events and publications.

Workshop on Interactive Teaching Methods

The workshop was organised by David McQuoid-Mason, Patricia McKellar and Helena Whalen-Bridge as an informal pre-conference workshop for the 2015 conference delegates. The workshop encouraged delegates to think about how law is taught and how interactivity can be built into even the largest lectures of 1,500 students. As an example of small group interactive teaching, the ‘pen game’ was played. This was an effective way to introduce the rule of law, and explain how arbitrary rules lead to uncertainty and unrest. For further details, see the workshop blog post for links to use these ideas in your classroom.

New online LLM in Legal Education

Nottingham Trent University are launching a new LLM Legal Education (Distance Learning) aimed at law teachers across the globe. Delivered online over 2 years, this programme combines online learning and research into legal education. See the website for further details.

Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter Exhibition

The Magna Carta Exhibition continues its journey through the Commonwealth as it says goodbye to Osgoode Hall and hello to Barbados. Follow the route at the website.

“Free speech in the Commonwealth”

International Affairs Journal seeking articles for publication in 2016. The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, is Britain’s oldest international affairs journal, providing analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs. I am currently seeking articles for publication in 2016 in a special issue on free speech in the Commonwealth. There will be an especial focus on law, given the theme of the issue, but contributions need not be limited to those written solely from a legal perspective. Articles (of 4,000 words) should be in to me by late 2015. All papers will be subject to the normal Round Table peer review process. All papers will also be subject to approval by both the Special Issue Editor and the Editor of The Round Table. Please contact me for proposals and further details, at [log in to unmask]. Dr Noel Cox, Special Issue Editor.

ABUAD Hosted The 48th Nigerian Association of Law Teachers Conference

The 48th Annual Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT) conference was hosted by the Afe Babalola University of Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) from 31st May to 4th June 2015. This year's theme was 'Mainstreaming Interdisciplinary Approach to Legal Education: Imperatives for Nigeria's Development'. Participants and speakers attended from all over the Commonwealth including the UK, Canada and South Africa.
In line with the theme a diversity of legal topics formed part of the week long discourse on the need to create a more multidisciplinary approach to research. Institutions and researchers have already embarked on the possibility of collaboration. Topics presented and debated included 'Bioethics and the Law: A Developmental Agenda for African States' and 'Methodology, Theoretical Framework and Scholarly Significance: A Review of International Best Practices in Legal Research'.
By all standards the 48th NALT Conference was a resounding success.

Glasgow 2015 Conference Report

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The biennial CLEA Conference took place in April in Glasgow, Scotland


A total of 48 delegates attended the 2015 conference from around the Commonwealth representing the following countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and UK. The conference was organised by Michael Bromby (CLEA General Secretary, Glasgow Caledonian University) and was hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland. It ran from Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th April 2015, attended by keynote speakers Prof Justice Date-Bah (retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana) and Lord Hope of Craighead (retired Justice of the UK Supreme Court). Papers were presented on a variety of topics including: pedagogical approaches, intellectual property, comparative education, embedding skills, clinical legal education, curriculum design, equality & diversity and human rights. Abstracts from all the papers can be found on the conference website


Commonwealth Moot 2015

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The Canadian team won the 2015 Moot


The fourteenth Commonwealth Moot was held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from 12th April to 15th April 2015 in conjunction with the 19th Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC). The winners of the 2015 Moot were the Canadian Team, Samuel Greene (Senior Counsel), Ada Chidichimo Keon (Junior Counsel) and Joseph Bricker (Reserve) representing University of Toronto.
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 representative teams from regions of the Commonwealth only. The regions, for the this purpose, are; North America, United Kingdom, the Caribbean, South Asia (India), South Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), South East Asia, Western Africa , Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Australasia (Australia and New Zealand send separate teams), and the South Pacific.


The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education

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Re-launch and call for papers


The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (“the Journal”) is being re-launched this year after a year’s break from publication. As the official journal of the CLEA it offers a platform for early career and established academics throughout the Commonwealth to publish their work and share scholarship, innovation and best practice on a wide variety of legal matters and themes. It also welcomes contributions from postgraduate students and others involved in Commonwealth law and legal education (such as practitioners).
The Journal is online, open access and peer reviewed. It is published in collaboration with The Open University School of Law, a world leader in supported open learning. Its new lead editors are Emma Jones and Francine Ryan, both of whom are Lecturers in Law with The Open University and have particular research interests in legal education.
The next edition of the Journal will be published in Autumn 2015. It is therefore seeking submissions of articles, case notes, comments on recent cases, legislation and proposed reforms and book reviews. Expressions of interest are welcomed (but not required) and should be sent to the editors at [log in to unmask] by Friday, 31st July 2015. These should indicate the submission type and length and briefly summarise its topic. All submissions are required by Friday, 4th September 2015. Applications to join the Journal’s panel of peer reviewers are also welcomed.
For further information on the Journal and submission guidelines for authors please visit the Journal’s webpage at The Open University's Website. Emma and Francine are happy to discuss any queries or proposed submissions and can be contacted at [log in to unmask].


Commonwealth Law Lecture: Ghana 2015

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Professor Justice Date-Bah's lecture focussed on Judicial Independence in West Africa


In March 2015 the West Africa Chapter of CLEA held their first Commonwealth Law lecture. This is part of a series of such lectures held in our Chapters around the Commonwealth and was organised by the CLEA representative Israel Ackah. The Lecture was held in the British Council in Accra and was given by Professor Justice Date Bah. The topic of the lecture was Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law: a Microcosm of West African Jurisdictions. It was attended by Members of Parliament, High Court Judges, Supreme Court Judges, other members of the Judiciary, the Deans of several Law Schools, leaders and members of the Bar, law students and many other interested delegates. Patricia McKellar, Joint General Secretary of CLEA, also attended the lecture. The talk was wide ranging and challenged the audience to consider many aspects of the judicial process in Ghana. A full version of the talk can be found here. Professor Justice Date Bah is the Chairman of the University of Ghana Council. He was also a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, responsible for many leading judgments. He is currently the Chairman, Ghana Law Reform Commission and Chairman, Council of the University of Ghana, Legon. Prof. Justice Date-Bah has held academic positions at the University of Ghana, University of Nairobi, University of Calabar as well as visiting positions at Lincoln College, Oxford University, Yale Law School and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.


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