Femi Falana, Human Rights Lawyer
ECOWAS Appeal Court May Solve Problems Of Disregard By Member States – Falana

A Legal luminary, Femi Falana has called for the setting up of an appellate division of the ECOWAS Court as a solution for flagrant disregard to court rulings by member states.

He gave the suggestion while presenting a paper at the ongoing International Conference organised by the ECOWAS Court in Lome, Togo to celebrate its 20th anniversary. His position was, however, countered by a justice of the Court, Dupe Atoki, who held that an appeal court is no solution to the impunity by member states and lack of enforcement of court rulings.

Currently, the Revised Protocol of the court stipulates that its ruling could not be appealed by member states.

In its 20 years of existence, less than half of its 150 rulings have been executed by affected member states with only six out of 15 states complying with the pre-requisites for obeying the court ruling.

It is, therefore, in a bid to reduce the rate of disregard for the court that Falana said member states could better embrace ruling if there is an opportunity to appeal it.