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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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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.

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