n African Human Rights Law Journal - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice and the horizontal application of human rights

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



In three cases, and , the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (ECCJ) has ruled that only ECOWAS member states and community institutions may be sued before it. This article reviews the conclusions of the ECCJ against the background of its dual mandate as a court of integration and human rights as it pertains to the articulation of community freedoms and human rights, and argues for a more integrated approach in the elaboration of the dual mandate of the ECCJ, which should recognise the horizontal application of human rights in the protection of community freedoms such as the free movement of goods, services, persons and capital.

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