The Commonwealth Lawyers Association, CLA, an international Organisation,Â which seeksÂ to promote and maintain the rule of law through out the Commonwealth regions by ensuring that the an independent and efficient legal profession with the highest standards of ethics and integrity serves the people of the region, will hold its regional conference in Abuja.
The event slated for April 8-11, 2010, will bring together lawyers from the Commonwealth together.
The theme of the conference is as â€œThe 21st Century Lawyer: Present Challenges and Future Skillsâ€ and the programme streams will focus on â€œHuman Rights and Rule of Lawâ€ and â€œCorporate and Commercial Lawâ€ with emphasis on issues of importance with Nigeria and the wider West Africa Region.
The conference will focus on the provision of practical training and skills development, it will also offer high profile keynote addresses, an exhibition and a number of satellite meetings hosted by other Commonwealth and legal associations, which will take place in the wings of the conference.
This is the first time this historical event will be hosted in Nigeria in the last 30 years, the last time being in 1980.
This is an opportunity for members of the bench and bar and people from all works of life from 53 Commonwealth countries to meet colleagues from different jurisdiction, exchange experiences and build friendship that will continue long after the closing ceremony.
In the pursuit of its objective the CLA participates in a wide range of activities including advocacy, undertaking research projects, providing services to its members and organising Commonwealth Law Conferences as an accredited Continuing Professional Development, CPD, provider.
It will be recalled that the first Commonwealth and Empire Law Conference was held in London in 1955.
Members of the council and executive committee are representative of the breadth and diversity of the Commonwealth include: Mohammed Husain (President)South Africa, Boma Ozobia (Vice-President) Nigeria, Laurie Watt, Alison Hook, Colin Nicholls QC, Dr. Peter Slinn, Tim Daniel, Tim Qtty, Mark Stephens, James Dingemans QC, Graeme Mew.