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.

He described the weeklong visit, an initiative of the ECOWAS Court following the 2004 visit to the UEMOA court by a delegation of the ECOWAS Court, as evidence of ‘our attachment to the tradition of collaboration and exchange in other develop synergies’ in furtherance of their joint commitment to the promotion of justice for community citizens.

‘ Your visit will enable us to benefit from the rich legal experience of the UEMOA court and underlines the deepening mutual commitment to promoting dialogue,’ the President told the five-member delegation led by the President of the Court, Madam Josephine Suzanne Ebah-Toure.

Responding, Madam Ebah-Toure stressed the desirability of collaboration between the two courts to enable them benefit from each other’s experiences in furtherance of the commitment by regional leaders to the integration of the region and the consolidation of its various platforms.
During the visit, officials of both courts will discuss the peculiarities of both institutions, procedures for bringing cases before them and agree on areas of cooperation. The visiting delegation will also visit the ECOWAS Parliament and the Commission, the secretariat of the 15-member Community.

The tradition of collaboration was launched in 2004 with the inaugural visit of the ECOWAS court to the seat of its counterpart, the Court of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa, followed in 2011 with the visit to the ECOWAS Court by a delegation of the UEMOA court.