Participants in a conference organized by Parliament to commemorate its twentieth anniversary in Lomé on Thursday called for the inclusion of Community Law in the university curricula of member states.
“To base the knowledge of the court on legal professionals, the participants ask that the teaching of Community Law be included in the curricula of the universities of all the member states,” they affirmed.
They also proposed a direct assessment to the Authority of Heads of State and Government, as well as regularly reporting to Ministers on emerging issues.
These were part of the recommendations at the end of the week-long conference with the theme: “Twenty Years of the ECOWAS Court of Justice: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects.
The conference sought to evaluate the court as a whole and offer solutions to challenges, as well as offer ways forward.
He recommended that direct meetings with Heads of State and Government could be a way to report on erroneous states.
The recommendations that it was proposed to send to the Heads of State and Government seek that the resolutions reached be implemented in the shortest possible time.
“Regarding the problem of implementation, the court should not be left alone with the state.
“The ECOWAS institutions, especially the Commission and Parliament, should support the court in its efforts.
“The revitalization of the ECOWAS Court as a court of justice for integration will necessarily require action from the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Parliament,” the conference declared.
He also recommended that the number of judges be increased from five immediately, while calling for a reconsideration of the judges’ mandate so that it is staggered and not all judges retire at the same time.
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