The Latimer House Principles: 20 Years On

Event date: 07 December 2023, 15:00 - 17:00

The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Latimer House Working Group, will be hosting a seminar, titled The Latimer House Principles: 20 Years On, to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Latimer House Principles.

The event will be hosted at Marlborough House and streamed online on 7 December 2023, from 3 to 5pm GMT.

A panel of esteemed jurists, academics and high-ranking political officials will present on the critical importance of adhering to the principles across the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government. They will also reflect on their relevance in modern democracies, given existing threats to good governance, and will suggest ways to increase implementation across the Commonwealth.


  • Hon Justice Charles Mkandawire  Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of Malawi and Immediate Past President, Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association 
  • Hon Marlene Malahoo Forte KC, MP  Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Jamaica 
  • His Excellency Johari Abdul  Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Malaysia 
  • Mukhtar Adesunkanmi  Assistant Research Officer, Commonwealth Secretariat


  • Mr. Brian Speers  Immediate Past President, Commonwealth Lawyers Association


This year marks twenty years since the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on the Three Branches of Government were approved by Law Ministers and endorsed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The principles provide Commonwealth member countries with a set of minimum standards and a roadmap for democracy and good governance by outlining practical ways of implementing the fundamental values of the Commonwealth and enhancing mutual respect between the executive, legislature and judiciary.


Register to attend in person at Marlborough House or use the link below or join remotely.