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alt THE PRESIDENT OF THE BAR  ASSOCIATION OF BENIN  FOR A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE COURT


At the audience he granted to the delegation of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on a sensitization mission to Benin, Mr Yvon DETCHENOU, President of the Bar Association of Benin pleaded with the ECOWAS Court of Justice to set up a platform to allow lawyers and practitioners of community law to sufficiently appropriate themselves with practices and procedures before the Court. The President, who received the delegation of the Court on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 in the presence of Mr Armand SOUNTON, Director for Regional Integration was of the opinion that mastering the procedures by lawyers of the host country will enable them to properly represent their clients.

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alt  ECOWAS COURT AND RAOUL WALLENBERG INSTITUTE TO COLLABORATE IN IMPROVING ACCESS TO JUSTICE

The ECOWAS Court and the Swedish-based Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law have expressed their willingness to collaborate in pursuing activities that will improve access to justice, particularly in strengthening the contribution of the Court to deepening the culture of respect for human rights in West Africa.



The commitment was made on Tuesday, 13th February 2017 during a working visit of the Head of the Nairobi office of the Institute, Mr Josh Ounsted, to the Court where he held discussions with senior officials of the regional court led by its President, Honorable Justice Jérôme Traoré.

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alt  ECOWAS COURT FIXES 27th APRIL FOR JUDGMENT IN ALLEGED VIOLATION OF RIGHT TO FREE MOVEMENT ACROSS ECOWAS BORDERS CASE

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has fixed 27th April 2017 for judgement in a case filed by a Nigerian student alleging the violation of his right to free intra community movement by agents of the Republic of Benin while in transit at the border between the country and neighbouring Republic of Togo ostensibly for the non-payment of gratification.


Benson Okomba alleged in suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/27/14 that he was ‘harassed, molested and detained’ by security agents of the defendant on 14th March 2014 at Hilacondji, the border town with the Republic of Togo after complying with the routine check but  refusing to pay the 300 CFA gratification demanded by the security agents.

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  COURT FIXES DATE FOR RULING ON JURISDICTION IN NIGERIA ELECTION CASE


West Africa’s regional court, the ECOWAS Court has fixed 20th March 2017 to rule on the preliminary objection raised by the Federal Republic of Nigeria questioning its jurisdiction to entertain a case brought by some voters contesting the propriety of the process for the election of the governor of one of the country’s 36 states.


Honorable Sule Audu and six others are in suit no. ECW/CCJ/APP/02/16 challenging the decision of the country’s Independent National Election Commission to declare the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the gubernatorial election in the state based on the 5th December 2016 supplementary election which were conducted in areas where ‘discrepancies’ were noticed in the previous election of 21st November 2016.

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