Most of the dependent states granted independence chose Commonwealth membership, and the organization has even grown to include Mozambique (joined 1995), which was the first country granted entry that was never part of the British Empire or under the control of any member.
Many of the exports of Commonwealth countries go to other member countries.
In 1996 the Commonwealth Africa Investment Fund was established to increase investment in that continent.
Inauguration guests at the conference are Professor David Mcquoid-Mason, President of CLEA; The Hon Mr Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, Chief Judge of the High Court, Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, Provost of City U; Professor Wang Guiguo, Dean of SLW and Professor Anthony Cooray, Associate Dean of SLW and the Conference Chairman.
Professor Wang Guiguo said, “I am very pleased that so many outstanding experts from around the world are converging on the City U Law School to share their experience of law and legal education in their own countries. More importantly, it is also about the development and refinement of legal education to meet the challenges of globalisation.” Justice Geoffrey Ma was the Chief Guest and delivered an inaugural address entitled “In Pursuit of the Unattainable,” while Justice Kemal Bokhary, Senior Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, delivered the first of the academic addresses, “The Ombudsman’s Role: Judicial Perspectives.” Professor Richard Ho, who declared the conference open, spoke of the importance of continuing dialogue among academics to learn from their experience.
“TEACHING LAW IN THE MODERN GLOBAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT” 31 March – 2 April 2009 At City University of Hong Kong The School of Law (SLW) of City University of Hong Kong (City U) and the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) held the global business law education conference, “Teaching Law in the Modern Global Business Environment”, at City U from 31 March to 2 April.
More than 50 law scholars and teachers from all parts of the Commonwealth attended the conference to exchange their perspectives on law and ideas on teaching and research.After a colony achieves internal self-government, its legislature may apply to the British Parliament for complete independence.It then decides whether to remain in the Commonwealth.The conference saw senior law academics from several countries, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, South Africa and India, discussing new methods of teaching law as well as problems regarding plagiarism and assessment.It also addressed contemporary legal issues, such as good governance, anti-corruption measures, corporate responsibility and Islamic finance.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!a free association of sovereign states comprising the United Kingdom and a number of its former dependencies who have chosen to maintain ties of friendship and practical cooperation and who acknowledge the British monarch as symbolic head of their association.In 1949 India announced its intention to become a republic, which would have required its withdrawal from the Commonwealth under the existing rules, but at a meeting of Commonwealth heads of government in London in April 1949 it was agreed that India could continue its membership if it accepted the British crown as only “the symbol of the free association” of Commonwealth members.That declaration was the first to drop the adjective British, and thereafter the official name of the organization became the Commonwealth of Nations, or simply the Commonwealth.In 1965 the Commonwealth Secretariat was established in London to organize and coordinate Commonwealth activities. The traditional British policy of allowing considerable self-government in its colonies led to the existence by the 19th century of several dependent states that were populated to a significant degree by Europeans accustomed to forms of parliamentary rule and that possessed large measures of sovereignty.By 1931 they were recognized as having special status within the empire by the Statute of Westminster, which referred specifically to a “British Commonwealth of Nations.” The rapid growth of nationalism in other parts of the empire from the 1920s produced a long series of grants of independence, beginning with that to Myanmar) became independent and rejected membership.