ECOWAS Court docket of Justice convention in Sierra Leone requires cooperation and integration in West Africa – The Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 Could 2024:

President Bio of Sierra Leone early this  week opened a four-day convention of the Financial Group of West African States, ECOWAS, Court docket of Justice on the theme, “Enhancing the function, relevance, and effectiveness of the ECOWAS Court docket of Justice by way of the strengthening of synergies between the Court docket and Nationwide Stakeholders”.

He expressed delight on the alternative of Sierra Leone as a vacation spot for the 2024 convention and reminded individuals that the nation is among the founding members of ECOWAS in Could 1975 and has remained firmly dedicated to the beliefs and aspirations of its treaty.

The President urged member nations that “the necessity for cooperation and integration amongst our individuals in West Africa requires our concerted and finest efforts. Such cooperation and integration are partly the important thing to our sub-region’s prosperity and the well-being of our individuals.

“The ECOWAS Court docket of Justice performs a pivotal function in advancing these noble goals by upholding the ideas of justice, equity, and the rule of legislation throughout our area. As members of the ECOWAS, we’re certain collectively by a shared imaginative and prescient of regional integration, cooperation, and selling peace and prosperity for our individuals”.

President Bio confirmed on the convention that the institution of the Court docket in 2001 was a welcome step by member nations towards fostering integration and cooperation and that the strides it had made since its inception had been a testomony to the significance of the establishment.

The President associates the positive factors made by the courtroom on account of its expanded jurisdiction, which is consistent with the Amended Protocol of 2005, together with the authority to adjudicate the alleged violation of the human rights of the neighborhood’s residents.

President Bio commends the management of the ECOWAS Court docket of Justice for what he described as “progressive; the Court docket is succeeding in rising its essential function of offering extra justice supply choices to the citizenry of the ECOWAS neighborhood.”

Vice President of the ECOWAS Court docket of Justice, Hon. Justice Gbéri-Bè Ouattara reminded the convention that the Court docket was established by the Lagos Treaty of Could 28, 1975.

He additionally said that the ECOWAS Revised Treaty was adopted in July 1993 and was recognised as the basic constitution of ECOWAS and the roadmap for the financial integration of the Group.

Keynote speaker, Professor Ernest Kofi Abotsi, spoke largely across the subject of “enhancing the function, relevance, and effectiveness of the ECOWAS Court docket of Justice by way of the strengthening of synergies between the courtroom and nationwide stakeholders.”

“Courts usually are not within the enterprise of partaking with any constituencies, precise or perceived. Certainly, the concept of courts having to community constituents could appear at first odd and inconsistent, even with the juridical character of the judicial establishment, one structured to be indifferent, impartial, and authoritative in pronouncement, unperturbed by the consequences of their rulings and penalties of their actions,” Professor Ernest Kofi Abotsi mentioned.

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