1980 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers

Barbados, 28 April – 2 May 1980: Memoranda

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Review of Legal Activities of the Commonwealth Secretariat


The very great importance to the Commonwealth Secretariat of Meetings of Commonwealth Law Ministers is demonstrated in full measure by the expansion in the range of our activites which has taken place since Law Ministers last met at Winnipeg in August 1977, in the light of decisions taken there. The broadening of activity has only been possible (given our determination to remain small in size and the fact that it has been achieved without any increase in staff) by the successful implementation of a catalytic approach to the Secretariat's role. It has been brought about by a friendly, if determined, exploitation of existing Commonwealth institutions in the legal field, and the undoubted goodwill of numerous lawyers, both inside and outside Government, throughout the Commonwealth.


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