CLEA Conference - Zambia 2019



First Call for Papers

CLEA Conference April 2019


Challenges and Opportunities for Commonwealth Legal Education


Lusaka, Zambia



The CLEA Conference will take place prior to the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference in Zambia on 4th and 5th April 2019, and will be co-hosted by the Zambian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

The Commonwealth Legal Education Association invites law teachers and practitioners from around the Commonwealth and other Common law jurisdictions to submit abstracts of papers (of not more than 500 words) for this conference. Abstracts should be submitted by 31st January 2019by emailing MCQUOIDM@UKZN.AC.ZA (indicating which author(s) will attend to deliver the paper at the conference).

Acceptances will be intimated within three weeks of receipt subject to the availability of spaces within the conference programme.  If you have any difficulties with, or queries over, submission please email MCQUOIDM@UKZN.AC.ZA



Conference Themes

Legal education throughout the Commonwealth (and beyond) is facing a wide range of challenges and opportunities.  Law schools must evolve and adapt to new generations of law students and Globalisation profoundly affects our life experience, competition is much greater than ever before and technology has opened our minds in a way not previously imagined. Tomorrows’ lawyers need to be more capable of responding to change. They need to be capable of functioning in that new world and legal education needs to be able to adapt to prepare them. Commonwealth countries share certain common legal traditions but how far do the similarities extend to cross border education and professional mobility? How will law schools in the Commonwealth deal with change to provide law students with the tools they need? How are Commonwealth law schools becoming involved in the global movement in clinical legal education? How are the law schools responding to calls by educational experts for less lecturing and more experiential learning for law students?

The Conference will comprise a series of strands which will include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Modernising the curriculum
  • Governance and combatting corruption
  • The use of technology in legal eduction
  • Intellectual property
  • Human rights
  • Clinical legal education


Delegates, including those from other jurisdictions, are also invited to submit abstracts on other topics of interest to the legal education community in the Commonwealth and Common law jurisdictions.

The conference will include the Commonwealth Lecture which is part of an international lecture series. Previous lectures have been delivered in South Africa, Ghana and the UK.

Interactive teaching workshop

A half-day Interactive Teaching Workshop will be held on Friday 5 April 2018, and will be co-hosted by CLEA and the Zambian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and sponsored by the publishers Juta & Co. Ltd. The Workshop will cover an introduction to interactive teaching techniques; demonstrations of interactive lessons; the elements of a good interactive lesson; how to draft an interactive lesson plan; and practice in preparing an interactive lesson. The Workshop will be free, but limited to only 30 participants in order to ensure full participation by all participants.

To register for the workshop please email MCQUOIDM@UKZN.AC.ZA


Attendance at the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference and visiting Victoria Falls

As previously mentioned, the Conference and Workshop will end in time for delegates to attend the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference from 8-12 April 2018 in Livingstone, situated near the awe- inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. For those who wish to attend the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference and/or the visit Victoria Falls, the flights from Lusaka take about one hour, and there are direct flights from Victoria Falls to South Africa.


Conference Registration

To register for the conference, email MCQUOIDM@UKZN.AC.ZA and you will be provided with a booking form and payment details.  Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the current Visa requirements for Zambia at an early stage.

A variety of accommodation options are available and recommended conference hotels will be listed on the Zambia 2019 conference page.   Please enter your name, institution and email address on the homepage of the CLEA website to receive updates.


Conference Registration Fees

Developing Countries and full time PhD students £75  

Developed Countries                                                   £250


Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education

Authors and presenters are invited to submit their papers for inclusion in a special Conference Edition of the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. Detailed submission guidelines are given at editors can be contacted at