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alt FORMER AD HOC CHIEF JUSTICE OF LIBERIA SWORN IN AS JUDGE OF THE ECOWAS COURT

A former Ad Hoc Chief Justice of Liberia, Justice Yussif D. Kaba has been sworn in as a Judge of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.

He was sworn in on the margins of the 52nd Ordinary session of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS held on 16th December 2017 in Abuja.

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alt ECOWAS COURT SIGNS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH RAOUL WALLENDERG INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The ECOWAS Court of Justice on 6th December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sweden’s Raoul Wallenberg Institute to cooperate in the promotion of fair and efficient justice system that will enhance the rule of law and human rights in Sub Saharan Africa.


The Institute is named after Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg, a Swedish Architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. It has been working with the East African Court in furtherance of its mandate as an independent donor funded organisation involved in the promotion of human rights and humanitarian law.

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alt ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE PLEADS FOR REFERRAL FOR PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION 

The President of the ECOWAS Court, Hon. Justice Jerome Traoré has lamented the lack of referrals to the Court by Member States for the interpretation of Community texts, notably the Treaty, other Protocols and Regulations, noting that such referrals would have contributed towards strengthening the integration of the region.

Under the 2005 Supplementary Protocol on the Court, National Courts may on their own or at the request of parties to an action, refer issues related to the interpretation of Community Texts to the Community Court.

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alt COURT JUDGE CALLS FOR ANNUAL PEER REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION OF COURTS’ DECISIONS

A Judge of the ECOWAS Court, Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke has urged the UN to explore the feasibility of annually peer reviewing the enforcement of the decisions of regional human rights Courts by States as a mechanism for strengthening the support of the international community for such courts and improving their effectiveness in holding States accountable for human rights violations.


Delivering a paper at a UN human rights regional seminar in Cairo on Tuesday, 5th December 2017, Justice Nwoke said that in the absence of a regional enforcement mechanism, such a peer review mechanism would spur Member States to enforce the decisions of regional courts as important instruments for the promotion of peace, security, accountability and transparency in governance.

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