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Fifteen cases, most of them filed by ECOWAS citizens alleging the violation of their human rights, will be heard by the Community Court of Justice during the month of December according to the record of the Registry of the Court.


Judgement will be delivered in four of the cases while rulings will be delivered in three others.

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alt  ECOWAS COURT CONCLUDES TRAINING SEMINAR FOR GHANA’S JUDICAL AND LEGAL OFFICERS IN ACCRA


A three day training seminar on the Practice, Procedure, Jurisdiction and Jurisprudence of the ECOWAS Court of Justice organized by the Court for Ghana’s judicial and legal officers ended in Accra at the weekend.


Five papers were delivered during the seminar, one of the two such trainings undertaken annually by the Court in Member States as part of its stakeholder outreach programme to acquaint citizens with the mandate and modalities for accessing the Court.

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  AN OFFICIAL OF THE COURT CALLS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE JURISDICTION OF THE ECOWAS COURT TO ENTERTAIN CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY 

A senior official of the Community Court of Justice - ECOWAS on Thursday, 27 October 2016 met with a delegation from the Regional Office of Amnesty International for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, during which he canvased that the Court be invested with some level of criminal jurisdiction in order to allow it to handle issues related to crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.



The Dean of the Court, Honourable Justice Hamèye Founé Mahalmadane told the delegation that the modalities for the integration of this criminal jurisdiction, which was endorsed in 2012 by a meeting of stakeholders, should be determined by “additional reflections to be undertaken at regional level”.

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 NIGERIA HELD LIABLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS


The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has awarded the sum of N5 million (five million naira) in compensation for damages to a Nigerian citizen, Mr. Godswill Tommy Udoh for the violation of his human rights by security agents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


The Court also ordered the Nigerian government to bear the cost of litigation in the suit in which the Court characterised the arrest of Mr. Udoh as ‘arbitrary and unlawful’ but dismissed the allegation of ‘degrading and inhuman treatment’ as unsubstantiated/unproven.

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