The Commonwealth promotes and strengthens the rule of law that underpins strong democratic and accountable governance. Topics include legal and judicial reform, human rights, women’s rights, transnational crimes and the legal aspects of international trade negotiations. 

Publication date: 9 January 2017
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The Judicial Bench Book on Violence Against Women in Commonwealth East Africa situates VAW in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. By placing VAW within the socio-cultural and legal context of the region, the bench book will enhance the ability of judicial officers to handle cases of VAW, both within a human rights as well as a gender perspective.

Publication date: 8 August 2016
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The Common Law Legal Systems Model Legislative Provisions aims to enable Commonwealth countries to evaluate measures that can be incorporated into domestic law to prevent, detect, and effectively sanction money laundering and terrorism financing and to recover the proceeds of crime.

Publication date: 30 May 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback, Hardback

This Guide is designed to assist developing countries to negotiate International Investment Agreements (IIAs) that are more effective in promoting their sustainable development. A useful reference tool for developing country negotiators and interested parties.

Publication date: 10 May 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This user-friendly, practical handbook is designed to assist Registrars in the day-to-day performance of their duties, thereby contributing to improving the administration and efficiency of courts/ tribunals. It provides examples of good practice to help Registrars benefit from the challenges faced by others, from the Commonwealth and worldwide.

Contributor: Devi Sookun
Publication date: 29 July 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This handbook distils the key lessons on best practice in negotiating loan agreements, and responding to the activities of vulture funds - funds that buy up the debt of sovereign countries at a discount in the hope of making significant profit - for the benefit of all government officials who may have to deal with these issues.

Publication date: 1 June 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

CEDAW - the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - is a powerful international human rights instrument that reflects a global determination to achieve gender equality. This book looks at the cultural and legal challenges relating to the implementation of CEDAW, and the individual approaches adopted.

Publication date: 1 October 2008
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Makes recommendations for future good practice in the establishment and administration of final courts of appeal, based on discussions by Commonwealth law ministers and senior officials over the period 2003 to 2007.

Contributor: Anthony Connerty
Publication date: 1 November 2006
Format: Paperback

A practical guide to international dispute resolution and settlement, especially in the fields of trade and commerce, investment, and intellectual property. The book will be of interest to readers worldwide who need to understand international dispute resolution processes and institutions.

Publication date: 1 June 2005
Format: Paperback

This Guide provides practical information on the International Criminal Court, the relevant principles of international law and the new laws adopted in each State. It will serve as an important guide for legal professionals and all those working in the criminal justice system.

Contributor: Yash Ghai, Jill Cottrell
Publication date: 1 May 2004
Format: Paperback

Examines the record of jurisdictions in which attempts have been made at judicial enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights. Contributions provide insights into the methods, specificity, and limits of judicial enforcement.