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alt  WEST AFRICAN COURT FROWNS AT PROPOSAL TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ITS JUDGES

The President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Honorable Justice Jerome Traore has frowned at a proposal to reduce the number of  the court’s judges from seven to five as part of a cost saving institutional reform being pursued by the Community as this is incongruous with the burgeoning demands of Community citizens on the Court.



“It is a paradox that this was the time chosen to proceed with a reduction in the number of judges from seven currently, to only five, if the envisaged reforms were implemented, “ the President said of the proposal which was unveiled during the recent mid-year statutory meetings of the Community held in June 2017 in Monrovia.

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COURT FIXES 26 OCTOBER 2017 TO RULE ON WHETHER IT HAS JURISDICATION TO HEAR A CASE DECIDED BY NATIONAL COURT


alt   The ECOWAS Court of Justice on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 fixed 26 October, 2017 to rule on whether it has jurisdiction to entertain a case decided by a national court of a Member State relating to the alleged violation of human rights.



In suit No:ECW/CCJ/APP/08/15 the government of Liberia is arguing that the ECOWAS Court cannot hear the case brought by Finance Investment and Development Corporation Inc (FIDC) against the government over the payment of 15.9 million dollars to the corporation awarded by a national court because of its pendency at the Supreme Court.

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altDELEGATION OF FRANCOPHONE COURT ON A WORKING VISIT TO ECOWAS COUNTERPART    

The President of the ECOWAS Court, Honourable Justice Jérôme Traoré has called for the strengthening of the inter-institutional dialogue between the Court and its counterpart for Francophone West Africa, the UEMOA Court, in order leverage the competencies of the two organisations in deepening the implementation of Community law.



Speaking at the formal ceremony to mark the beginning of a working visit to the Court by a delegation from the UEMOA Court, the President remarked that there is no conflict of jurisdiction between the two court as they were bound by the same commitment to the implementation of community law, the principles of justice and a recognition of the primacy of law in the discharge of their mandates.

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alt  ECOWAS COURT FIXES 27 JUNE FOR JUDGMENT IN AN ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION INVOLVING THE DEATH OF A DRIVER.

The ECOWAS today fixed 27th June 2017 to deliver judgment in a case brought by ThankGod Legbara and four others, alleging the violation of their human rights by the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the killing of a commercial bus driver allegedly by agents of the State for refusal to pay bribe.


In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/38/15 filed before the Court on 15th of December 2015, the plaintiffs, who are dependants of the deceased, alleged that a security agent of the defendant unlawfully shot and killed the driver who was going about his lawful business.

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