UKZN’S SCHOOL OF LAW TO HOST COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE

UKZN’S SCHOOL OF LAW TO HOST COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE

Academics, legal professionals and students from universities and legal institutions within the Commonwealth are expected to add their voices to the 2013 Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) Conference to be hosted by UKZN’s School of Law in Durban from Friday, 12 April to Sunday, 14 April.

The three-day conference, under the theme ‘Legal Education and Regional Cooperation in the Commonwealth and Other Common Law Jurisdictions’, will see over 50 presentations focusing on a range of issues that pose a challenge to legal education and the globalisation of legal education. 

The CLEA strives to promote and foster high standards of legal education at Higher Education Institutions in Commonwealth countries by ensuring that such education is ‘socially relevant and professionally useful’. Its mission is driven by a series of activities including: the ongoing development of teaching and learning methods and curricula at law schools in member states; support of continual professional development programmes on legal education; and assisting schools of law prepare law students for the profession.

President of CLEA and Professor of Law in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at UKZN, Professor David McQuoid-Mason, said: ‘Challenges in globalising legal education and legal practice are coming more frequently under the spotlight, but no consensus has been reached, particularly in respect of how lawyers qualified in developing countries might have easier access to practice in the developed world.’

Day one will be dedicated to a day-long Street Law Workshop in the Howard College Building and a CLEA Law Student Conference taking place at the UKZN Innovation Centre on the Howard College Campus from 13h30 to 17h30. Several presentations will be made by UKZN law students and others from legal educational institutions in India, the United Kingdom, Australia and Nigeria. The day culminates with a cocktail party hosted by the School of Law at the Howard College Building.

Days two and three of the conference move to the School of Law’s lecture venues in the Howard College Building starting at 09h00. Over two days academics and legal professionals are set to make presentations based on nine streams which areLegal Education and Regional Cooperation in the Commonwealth and other Common Law Countries; Legal Education in the Commonwealth and other Common Law Countries; Clinical Legal Education in the Commonwealth and other Common Law Countries; Human Rights in the Commonwealth and other Common Law Countries; Preventing Corruption and the Misuse of Public Office: How Can Law Teachers Assist in Fighting the Scourge of Corruption in the Commonwealth and other Common Law Countries?; Access to Justice; Islamic Law in the Curricula of Commonwealth and other Common Law Country Law Schools; and two general streams.

The highlight of day two (Saturday, 13 April) is an opening address by South African Constitutional Court Judge, the Honourable Mr Justice R M M Zondo, followed by a panel discussion on Globalisation of Legal Education.

The highlight of day three (Sunday, 14 April) is a Commonwealth Lecture titled “The Role of Law Teachers in Combating Corruption and the Misuse of Public Office: A Commonwealth Perspective”, to be presented by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT) in London, Professor Richard Nzerem. Concurrent panel discussions on the day will focus on selected streams based on the conference theme.

McQuoid-Mason said he hoped to see papers presented at the conference published in CLEA’s official journal, the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education.


author email : maharajn20@ukzn.ac.za