Developing Commercial Court dialogue across the Commonwealth

SIFoCC has had the privilege of contributing to the following Commonwealth events:

The Commonwealth Law Conference hosted by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) took place in The Bahamas from 5th-9th September 2021. On Monday 6th September SIFoCC hosted a session entitled ‘Judges and Lawyers working together across the Commonwealth to address courts user’s needs’. The session was chaired by Mr Justice Robin Knowles and featured contributions from CLA President Brian Speers, Mrs Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya a senior lawyer from Nigeria, and the Honourable Justice Ian Winder from The Bahamas. The session built on the success of a webinar held in partnership between CLA and SIFoCC earlier this year.

At the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association’s (CMJA) annual conference, which was held online, SIFoCC hosted a session entitled “Business, Human Rights and the Commercial Courts”. Chaired by Mr Justice Robin Knowles the discussion featured contributions from the Hon Chief Justice Brian Moree of the Bahamas, Hon Chief Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo from Rwanda, Mrs Justice Bobbie Cheema-Grubb from England and Wales and Justice Elizabeth Tanui from Kenya. The session is the latest in a series of constructive engagements with the CMJA and developed the conversation around the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and how global issues such as modern slavery and climate change may impact on the work of Commercial Courts.

Both events were a huge success and provided an excellent opportunity to develop important relationships within the commercial dispute community across the Commonwealth.