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alt  OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE BUREAU OF THE ECOWAS COMMUNITY COURT OF JUSTICE TO LIBERIA, 26-30 JANUARY 2017

The members of the Bureau of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice comprising the President of the Court, Hon. Justice Jérôme Traoré ; the Vice President, Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright  and Hon. Justice Founé Hamèye Mahalmadane (Dean of the Bureau), paid a 3-day Official Visit to Liberia from 26-30 January, 2017 along with some senior officials of the Court.


During the visit, they paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice, Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia and H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Chair of Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, and briefed them on the activities that the ECOWAS Court of Justice planned to have in Liberia in 2017.


During audience with the Chair of Authority, the President of the Court expressed gratitude of the ECOWAS Community Court to Madam President for paying an historic visit to the Court in December 2016 during her familiarisation visit to ECOWAS Institutions in Abuja.

The President briefed Madam President on the Sensitization Programme that will take place in Monrovia from 19-25 February, 2017 and the hosting of International Conference of Legal Experts that will deliberate on topical issues that will lead to strengthening the competences and jurisdiction of the Court.

President Traoré also briefed Madam President on the desire of the Court to host External Court Session in Monrovia, to bring the Court closer to the people and requested for support and a suitable date from the Liberian Government for the hosting. Towards strengthening the activities of the Community Court, the President of the Court further briefed Madam President that the Court would undertake appropriate  revision and harmonisation of the Text and Protocol of the Court to enable it meet international standard.

The Chair of Authority warmly welcomed the ECOWAS Justices and thanked them for paying an Official Visit to Liberia and thanked them of the support of the Liberian Government to all the activities that the Court had lined up to undertake in Liberia in 2017.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, His Honour Francis S. Korkpor, also assured President Traoré that the Supreme Court of Liberia would provide necessary support for the activities that the ECOWAS Court planned to host in Liberia.

Before their departure from Monrovia, members of the Bureau of the Court had interactive sessions with the Liberian – ECOWAS Parliamentarians and Ambassadors of ECOWAS from Member-States accredited to Liberia, Officials of UNMIL, EU and AU at the ECOWAS Special Representative Office in Monrovia, where they briefed them on the role of the Court and the scheduled activities as enumerated above that the Court intends to hold.