ECOWAS to establish West African Judges’ Association

ECOWAS is putting together a committee to draft the basic rules and regulations of procedure for the setting up of an association for Judges in the region.

The association will be known as “Association of West African Judges”.

“An Ad-hoc Committee comprising judicial representatives of five ECOWAS Member States has been set up to draft the basic Regulations and Rules of Procedure for the setting up of an Association of West African Judges”, the regional body said in statement dated July 7, 2011.

ECOWAS says this follows a key resolution of participants that attended the 4th to 5th July 2011 meeting marking the 10th anniversary celebration of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, one of the specialized institutions of the body held in Abuja.

According to ECOWAS, “The Association is to serve as a framework of dialogue, mutual judicial exchange and co-operation, which shall enable West African judges to come together and form a network, so as to share their experiences in the developing trends of law, regional policies, international law, and in the jurisprudence of our States.”

The committee, under the chairmanship of the President of the Supreme Court of Benin, has four months to submit its report to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice.

By Ekow Quandzie

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