The CPA Masterclass Library
Providing expert professional development online for Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Masterclasses are a new online resource to assist Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff in their professional development.

CPA Masterclasses are concise video briefings for Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff from across the Commonwealth on a particular subject or topic such as gender, trade or parliamentary procedure. The videos are aimed at building parliamentary capacity and knowledge. 

The following Masterclasses are available:

Disaster Risk Reduction:

Disaster Risk Reduction Law. Presenter: Various.
How Malta tackled the Libya Crisis. Presenter: Mr Tonio Fenech, Former Finance Minister, Republic of Malta
Electoral Systems:

Electoral Systems. Presenter: Mr Malcolm Baalman, Australian political/electoral science writer and public policy analyst.

Gender and Parliament:

Gender budgeting and gender analysis. Presenter: Ms Yasmin Ratansi, MP, Federal Parliament of Canada
Women's and Gender Caucusing. Presenter: Hon. Brenda Hood, former Senator, Parliament of Grenada
How to set up a mentoring programme for female ParliamentariansPresenter: Ms Poto Williams, MP, Parliament of New Zealand
The role of male MPs as Agents of Change. Presenter: The Hon. Lechesa Tsenoli, MP, Parliament of South Africa 
CWP Alumni Initiative Masterclass on Mentoring: Women Supporting Women. Presenter: Dr Lesley Clark, former Queensland MP and CWP Alumni Champion

Corporate Leadership for Parliamentarians. Presenter: Mr Ian Lawson and Ms Maggie Smith, Towards Outstanding Leadership Programme (TOLP)
Parliamentarians and Local Government:

Why cooperation matters and how to achieve results. Presenter: Dr Carl Wright, Secretary-General Emeritus and Ex-officio Board Member of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum 
Separation of Powers in Relation to Parliament:

The Separation of Powers and the Distinction between State and Government - Why does it matter? PresenterHon. Michael Kirby, AC CMG, UN Special Envoy to North Korea, Eminent Person on the Commonwealth Reform Panel, former Justice of the High Court of Australia
Trade and the Role of Parliamentarians:

The 10th WTO Ministerial Conference: outcomes, processes, next steps. Presenter: Mr Bernard Kuiten, Head of External Relations of the World Trade Organization
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dispute Settlement System. Presenter: Ms Ankai Xu, Information Officer of the World Trade Organization
The Participation of CARICOM Countries in the World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement System. Presenter: Dr Chantal Ononaiwu, Office of Trade Negotiations, The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat

The CPA Masterclasses reflect the unique strength of the CPA with its access to peer-to-peer learning and networking across the Commonwealth. The CPA Masterclasses strengthen parliamentary performance by taking advantage of the distinguished experience and vast knowledge of Parliamentarians and the parliamentary strengthening community to which the CPA is connected.

If you are a Member of Parliament or Parliamentary Clerk with an area of expertise and are interested in delivering a CPA Masterclass then please contact the CPA Headquarters Secretariat via

The first group of expert CPA Masterclasses to be launched include a New Zealand Member of Parliament speaking about mentoring for female Parliamentarians; the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa speaking about the role of male MPs in strengthening female participation in politics; a former Australian High Court Judge giving a judicial perspective on the importance of the separation of powers in relation to legislation; and experts from the World Trade Organisation speaking about the role of Parliamentarians in dispute resolution in global trade negotiations.