Round Table events and events of interest

19 November: Our Changing Climate: Do we need a shift in the way we learn?
Professor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), will deliver the Zena Daysh Lecture at the Royal Over-Seas League, London. The event is organised by the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council. Register at and use reference: Zena Daysh Lecture.

20 November:  ICWS@70: Zimbabwe: The State We’re In
Speakers: Violet Gonda, leading Zimbabwean independent journalist and Alex Magaisa, Kent School of Law, University of Kent, & former Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Chaired by Sue Onslow, Deputy Director & Reader in Commonwealth History, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
Taking place at the Lethaby Room, Mary Ward House, 5 – 7 Tavistock Place, WC1H.

21 November: The Africa Forum London 2019
The Africa Forum explores the challenges and opportunities on the continent. Organised by Commonwealth Africa Initiative –

25 November – Evelyn Wrench Lectures: The Relevance of the Commonwealth in the 21st
HE Ms Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner for Rwanda to the United Kingdom, discusses Rwanda as a modern Commonwealth nation, the challenges of reconciliation after conflict and the opportunities presented by being the host of CHOGM 2020. Taking place at the Royal Over-Seas League. Book online at 

29 November – Journeys to Belonging: what role for higher education?
A one-day conference of panels and workshops on ‘Journeys to Belonging: what role for higher education?’
The ACU is partnering with King’s College London examining the role universities play in supporting refugees and displaced people at different points in the journeys.
This event will take place at Bush House. Booking are online.

9 December: Lecture – “Maintaining the Rule of Law: The Commonwealth @70”
Lady Arden will deliver the lecture, organised by the Commonwealth Legal Forum, an informal group of Commonwealth judicial and legal associations. To be held at Marlborough House. Details tba.

Transcripts and audio/visual links to previous Round Table events and events of interest

29 April: ICWS@70: The Commonwealth & Resilience in 21st century
Panelists analyse the resilience of the association and consider necessary changes to meet the challenges of the 21st Century for its member states. Article now available.

8-9 January: Round Table conference – The Commonwealth in 2019: Challenges and Opportunities.
Report on this event available at


8 October: Peter Lyon Memorial Lecture – Britain, Brexit and the future of the Commonwealth
Speaker: Vince Cable. Missed it? An article on this event is now available. The transcript and podcast are also available.

19 March: Witness Seminar: Britain in the Commonwealth: The 1997 Edinburgh summit. A report is now available on this seminar.

6 March: Round Table-sponsored student debate at London University Senate House. The motion is “This House thinks that Commonwealth commitments for human rights are just for public relations.” (Report now available)

13 February: The Royal Commonwealth Society and Goodenough College host a panel discussion on ‘A Commonwealth Conversation – Rejuvenating the Commonwealth’ at Goodenough College.

7 February: Building a safer world? The Commonwealth approach in comparative perspective.
Taking place at l’Université de Londres in Paris. (Report now available on this conference).

26 January: “This House believes the Commonwealth has no place in the modern world”. There is now a report on the Exeter University debate.

17 January: “This House believes that the Commonwealth prevents the UK from moving on from the past and dealing with the future”. Birmingham students debate the future of the Commonwealth. Report from Birmingham now available.

October 2017: Two-day conference on the plans and challenges for the 2018 Commonwealth Leaders’ Summit. Includes reports, outcomes and video interviews.

April 2017: The Peter Lyon Annual Memorial Lecture by HE Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General. Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House. Transcript and report.

Video: The House of Lords debate the Commonwealth – 16 March.

Focus on Commonwealth Day – Q&A, our coverage and a look into the Commonwealth Day archives – 13 March.

Nov 2016: Launch of a special issue: Brexit and the Commonwealth: What next?
Special issue of The Round Table The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
This issue is now available online.

Round Table Conference
6-7 January 2016 – The Commonwealth after Malta.
A report of the conference proceedings.

Round Table Lecture
“The Commonwealth, the European Union, the Challenges”
Delivered by Dr Lawrence Gonzi, the former Prime Minister of Malta on
27 November 2015 at the University of Malta.
Click here to read Dr Gonzi’s lecture.

The 2015 Malta Summit, Valletta.
The Commonwealth’s New Beginnings?
A One-Day Conference previewing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting organised by The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and the Department for International Relations, University of Malta.
24 November 2015.
Read Michael Frendo’s keynote address

Speech at Senate House
Read Zaid Ibrahim’s The Fate of Freedom and the Onslaught of Islamisation in Malaysia as presented at the event
Date: October 2015
Venue: Senate House, London University, UK

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