oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Subregional mechanisms for the protection of socioeconomic rights in Africa : reflections on the budding jurisprudence of the ECOWAS Court : conference paper

Volume 11, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



In 1993, member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted a revised treaty to replace the original founding treaty of 1975. One of the high points of the 1993 revised treaty was the enactment of article 4(g), which introduced the idea of 'recognition, promotion and protection of human and peoples' rights in accordance with the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights' as a fundamental principle of ECOWAS integration. Article 4(g), read together with certain provisions in the preamble and the body of treaty, has become the legal foundation upon which a promising human rights regime is being built on the ECOWAS framework.

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