AN APPRAISAL OF THE ROLE OF ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (SADC) TRIBUNAL IN THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

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AN APPRAISAL OF THE ROLE OF ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (SADC) TRIBUNAL IN THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Abstract:

The concept of Human Rights is a very fundamental subject in international law. Human Rights aim at promoting and protecting humanity through the courts. The ECOWAS community court of justice and the southern African Development community tribunal play a very important role in the area of promoting and protecting Human rights in their respective regions. The aim of this dissertation is to appraise the role of ECOWAS community court of justice and the southern African Development community tribunal in the protection of Human Rights in Africa. The objective of this dissertation therefore is to highlight some weaknesses in the promotion and protection of Human Rights and to suggest some workable recommendations. One major finding of this dissertation is the issue of enforcement of the court decisions. The decisions of the ECOWAS community court of justice and the Southern African Development Community Tribunal are usually not enforceable. They rely mainly on the commitment of member states. This dissertation therefore recommends that the courts should engage in massive sensitization of judicial authorities of member states on the issues of enforcement as justice without enforcement is impotent. To achieve this, the doctrinal method of research will be adopted.

AN APPRAISAL OF THE ROLE OF ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (SADC) TRIBUNAL IN THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

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