After a widely celebrated meeting with the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the State House on Wednesday, a high-powered delegation of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, this morning, 3rd October, 2019 arrived at the Faculty of Law, of the University, as part of it’s weeklong, State-wide Sensitization tour.
The delegation, led by a Judge of the ECOWAS Court, Justice Dupe Atoki, on arrival, met with Officials of the Faculty of Law, led by the Dean, Prof. F.A.R Adeleke, at the Faculty’s Conference Room and later, the Students, at Moot Court, for an interaction.
Justice Atoki, a former Human Rights Commissioner in Nigeria, while speaking on the purpose of the visit to LASU, revealed that the delegation was in LASU to interact with the Faculty on the scope, activities, jurisdiction, and processes of the ECOWAS Court of Justice.
She noted that the Court is the Principal Judicial Organ of the ECOWAS Commission and is the only court where an applicant doesn’t have to exhaust all local legal hurdles to seek justice. She further revealed that all citizens of member states have the right to approach the court to seek justice.
On enforcement of its judgments, Justice Atoki explained that “with regard to implementation of judgments, the Court has delivered over 200 judgments, 25 of which are directly enforceable in Nigeria.”
Of the 25 enforceable judgments in Nigeria, the legal luminary noted that there has been the implementation of 11 of them explaining that countries who habitually fail to enforce the Court’s Judgements will face sanctions, which include rejection of loan applications and the inability of the state to present Candidates for positions on the Council.
During the meeting with the Students, Prof. Adeleke praised the team for deeming it fit to visit LASU to interact with the Law undergraduates., noting that even though there are various human rights courts all over the world, the ECOWAS Court of Justice is special.
“We are blessed to have one of the Judges in the Court here who is a Nigerian. She is here to share her experiences, the scope of the court, and it’s limitations.”
A PowerPoint presentation titled Overview of the Ecowas Court of Justice and related information was shared by the Apraku Nketiah, Esq, an Executive Assistant to the President of the Court with the students, followed by questions and answers.