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Title:The ECOWAS court and the politics of access to justice in West Africa
Author:Banjo, AdewaleISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:West Africa
African courts
Economic Community of West African States
Justice, Administration of
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24483886
Abstract:Although the creation of the ECOWAS Court of Justice (ECJ) was approved in 1991 pursuant to the provisions of Articles 6 and 15 of the 1993 Revised Treaty of the ECOWAS, it was only set up a decade later in 2001. By utilizing a content-analysis method, in addition to extensive personal interviews with the President of the Court, this study describes the emergence, composition, vision, competence and jurisdiction of the ECJ. The paper probes the various challenges currently faced by the ECJ which include, amongst others, logistics, limited public awareness among ECOWAS citizens, and non use by member States. The inability of ECOWAS citizens to access justice is given prominent emphasis with reference to the case of Afolabi Olajide vs. Federal Republic of Nigeria, the first case brought before the Court in 2003. The case typifies the extent to which the ECJ's establishment fulfilled or failed to meet the expectations of ECOWAS citizens' quest for justice. The study's conclusion examines current efforts at broadening access to the court for citizens of the community. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]