The Malta Law Academy (MLA) is a Foundation of the Chamber of Advocates set up in September 2013 with the following aims:

  • For the advancement of legal and related studies;
  • To help educate the legal and other professions in legal and related studies and to keep the legal profession updated, from time to time, about legal developments in various fields in order to equip lawyers with the necessary tools in order to be in the position to offer the optimal legal services to their clients;
  • To publish books, journals, magazines, newsletters and other material on various legal subjects;
  • To organise conferences, seminars, courses, symposia, conventions and for a on various legal and related topics;
  • To generate, collect and disseminate information on all matters connected with the purposes of the Foundation.
  • To encourage volunteers to participate in the implementation of its projects;
  • To raise money through sponsorships, endowments, donations and fund-raising activities to fund its projects; and
  • To carry out such activities as may be ancillary to the above or as may be necessary or desirable to achieve the above purposes.

The Malta Law Academy was set up as a social purpose foundation and registered as a voluntary and non-profit making organisation which is independent and autonomous of the Government of Malta.

A Board of five Administrators is responsible for determining the policies of the Foundation and deciding on projects, programmes, initiatives or activities. It is assisted by an Advisory Board responsible for the long term view of the Foundation, and whose purpose it is to recommend projects and functions to be concluded and objectives to be achieved during the following year.

The Advisory Board is made up of the following:

Reuben Balzan
In 1998 he was elected to the Board of the Chamber of Advocates and was appointed its President in 2011, a position he held until March 2015, the maximum period allowed by the Chamber's statute. He is also the head of the Maltese delegation at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). He is also a member of the International Bar Association. He has served as a Director on the Board of the Malta Communications Authority, the national regulator responsible for electronic communications, electronic commerce and the postal sector, between 2001 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2011, he held the post of Chairman of the Malta Resources Authority which is the national regulator for energy, water and resources and is also responsible for oil exploration and climate change. Reuben practises mainly in commercial and corporate law, financial services, debt recovery, data-protection and consumer affairs. He also sits as Director on various boards of commercial companies with a varied range of commercial interests and also serves as Company Secretary of a number of commercial entities in Malta. His hobbies include photography, reading, IT and football.
Kris Borg
Kris Borg graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1993 and thereafter pursued post graduate studies at the University of Oxford where he graduated as Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law. Following his studies he returned to Malta and for the past twenty three years he has been in private practice dealing mainly with corporate, commercial and civil law. He is a regular litigator before the Maltese Courts and in this respect has also handled a number of cases involving Maltese Company Law. He is also an accredited arbitrator at the Malta Arbitration Centre, and for the past twenty three years he has been a lecturer and an examiner at the University of Malta. He presently lectures commercial and corporate law .
David Fabri
David Fabri LL.D., Ph.D. heads the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Malta and co-ordinates the Masters programme in Financial Services. His main areas of interest and research are regulation, financial services legislation, consumer policy and protection, corporate law, whistle-blowing, and business ethics; subjects on which he has lectured and written extensively since 1994, both locally and abroad. He currently services on the University Research Ethics Committee, the Administrative Review Tribunal and the Financial Services Tribunal.
Stefan Camilleri
Donald Vella


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