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alt ECOWAS COURT SIGNS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH RAOUL WALLENDERG INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The ECOWAS Court of Justice on 6th December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sweden’s Raoul Wallenberg Institute to cooperate in the promotion of fair and efficient justice system that will enhance the rule of law and human rights in Sub Saharan Africa.


The Institute is named after Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg, a Swedish Architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. It has been working with the East African Court in furtherance of its mandate as an independent donor funded organisation involved in the promotion of human rights and humanitarian law.

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alt ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE PLEADS FOR REFERRAL FOR PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION 

The President of the ECOWAS Court, Hon. Justice Jerome Traoré has lamented the lack of referrals to the Court by Member States for the interpretation of Community texts, notably the Treaty, other Protocols and Regulations, noting that such referrals would have contributed towards strengthening the integration of the region.

Under the 2005 Supplementary Protocol on the Court, National Courts may on their own or at the request of parties to an action, refer issues related to the interpretation of Community Texts to the Community Court.

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alt COURT JUDGE CALLS FOR ANNUAL PEER REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION OF COURTS’ DECISIONS

A Judge of the ECOWAS Court, Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke has urged the UN to explore the feasibility of annually peer reviewing the enforcement of the decisions of regional human rights Courts by States as a mechanism for strengthening the support of the international community for such courts and improving their effectiveness in holding States accountable for human rights violations.


Delivering a paper at a UN human rights regional seminar in Cairo on Tuesday, 5th December 2017, Justice Nwoke said that in the absence of a regional enforcement mechanism, such a peer review mechanism would spur Member States to enforce the decisions of regional courts as important instruments for the promotion of peace, security, accountability and transparency in governance.

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alt COURT ORDERS GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE TO PAY FORMER VICE PRESIDENT REMUNERATION AND ENTITLEMENTS

The ECOWAS Court on Monday, 27th November 2017 ordered the Republic of Sierra Leone to pay Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana, all remuneration, prerequisites of office and other entitlement due to the former Vice President from the date of his removal till the date his tenure of office is expected to end. 


A panel of three judges of the Court, presided over by Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane ruled that the removal of the Applicant as the Vice- President of the Defendant by the President on the 17th of March, 2015, violates Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right.

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