President of ECOWAS Court Pays a Courtesy Call on Honorable Lady Chief Justice of Ghana

President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Hon. Justice Edward Amoako Asante, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Araba Esaaba Sackey Torkornoo. The visit, which took place on Thursday, 21 December 2023, in Accra, enabled Justice Asante to congratulate Ghana’s Chief Justice on her recent appointment and to discuss matters of mutual interest between the ECOWAS Court and Ghana’s judiciary.

In his remarks during the visit, Justice Edward Asante extended his warm congratulations to Her Ladyship Justice Gertrude Torkornoo on her elevation to the high office of Chief Justice of Ghana and affirmed the commitment of the ECOWAS Court to work collaboratively with Ghana’s judiciary and other national judicial institutions in the subregion to strengthen the rule of law and protection of human rights.

On her part, Her Ladyship Justice Torkornoo expressed her gratitude to Justice Edward Asante and the ECOWAS Court for the honor of the visit and the goodwill message. She noted that Ghana’s judiciary is committed to supporting the ECOWAS Court to discharge its mandate, and that pending legislative changes to Ghana’s civil procedure rules to enable effective enforcement of ECOWAS Court judgments, the judiciary will explore administrative options that could aid in that effort. She further expressed the hope for increased engagement to identify common ground between ECOWAS legal texts and national laws and the enhancement of the capacities of national court judges to apply and enforce these areas of law.

The deliberations during the visit also touched on the need for regional human rights instruments such as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Maputo Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa to be domesticated to ensure their effective implementation. Other senior judges of Ghana’s judiciary who were present at the meeting expressed the need for legal integration in the subregion to be strengthened through the teaching of ECOWAS and African Union law in law schools and urged the ECOWAS Court to support such efforts.

The meeting ended with an exchange of ECOWAS Court and Ghana Judicial Service paraphernalia between Justice Asante and Her Ladyship Justice Torkornoo.

Some Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and High Court of Ghana present at the meeting were Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Justice Amadu Tanko, Justice Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu, Justice Cyra Cynthia Koranteng (the Judicial Secretary), and Justice Nicholas Abodakpi, a Justice of the Human Rights Division of the High Court of Ghana.

Accompanying President of the ECOWAS Court were the Chief of Protocol and Conference, Mr. Eric Akuete, and the Executive Assistant to the President, Dr. Christopher Nyinevi.