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 PRESIDENT OF COURT ADMINISTERS OATH OF OFFICE ON 7 NEW COMMISSIONERS

The newly elected President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Her Lordship Maria Do Ceu Monteiro Silva, has administered an oath of office on seven new Commissioners of the expanded ECOWAS Commission.


The swearing-in ceremony, which was held during the 72nd Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in Accra, Ghana, on the 19th of June, 2014, was witnessed by the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers and Ghana’s Minister of External Affairs, H.E. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh; President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo;

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 HON. JUSTICE MARIA DO CEU MONTEIRO SILVA ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT OF THE ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE

Hon. Justice Maria Do Ceu Monteiro Silva (Guinea Bissau) has been elected as the new President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS. While Hon. Justice Friday Chijoke Nwoke (Nigeria), and Hon. Justice Jerome Traore (Burkina Faso) were elected as Vice-President, and Dean of the Court respectively. These three Members of the Court that make up the new Bureau will serve in that capacity for the next two years. The other Members of the Court are Hon. Justice Yaya Boiro (Guinea), Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright (Liberia), Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane (Mali), and Hon. Justice Alioune Sall of Senegal.

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 ECOWAS COURT HOLDS VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION FOR SIX RETIRING JUDGES

The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, held a valedictory court session in honour of the six retiring Members of the Court at the Seat of the Court in Abuja, Nigeria on the 12th of June, 2014. The retiring Community Court Judges are Hon. Justice Awa Nana Daboya (Togo), President of the Court and pioneer Judge; Hon. Justice Benfeito Mosso Ramos (Cape Verde), Vice-President of the Court; Hon. Justice Hansine Donli (Nigeria), Dean of the Court and pioneer Judge; Hon. Justice Anthony Benin (Ghana), Member of the Court and a pioneer Judge; Hon. Justice Clotilde Nougbode Medegan (Benin), Member of the Court; and Hon. Justice Eliam Potey (Cote D’Ivoire), Member of the Court.

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 THE EXTERNAL COURT SESSION OF THE COMMUNITY COURT OF JUSTICE, ECOWAS HELD IN LOME – TOGOLESE REPUBLIC

The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, held its External Court Session at the Supreme Court of the Togolese Republic from the 10th to 14th February, 2014.  The External Session, which takes place at least once in a year is done pursuant to Article 26 of the 1991 Protocol, which empowers the Court to sit, outside the Seat of the Court, in the territory of any Member State.This is intended principally to bring Justice closer to the Community Citizens and to increase visibility of the Court in the discharge of its mandate. The Court had previously held External Sessions in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Ibadan, a city outside its Seat in Abuja, Nigeria.

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