Judge Kaba Gets Top ECOWAS Post

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Judge Yussif Kaba of Criminal Court C

Justice Yussif D. Kaba of Liberia has been appointed vice president at the ECOWAS Court of Justice, a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja has said.

According to the dispatch, Kaba ascended to the post within two weeks after resuming his official duty as one of seven judges at the regional court.

Justice Kaba was sworn in as a member of the ECOWAS Court on December 16, 2017, during the 52nd Ordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja. He replaced fellow Liberian, Justice Wilkins Micah Wright, whose last capacity at the  court was also the post of vice president.

Justice Kaba attributed his recent selection as the Court’s vice president for the good work done by his predecessor.

The Court’s leadership is determined by the college of judges on the bench.

The vice president is the assistant to the president of the court, and that the president is responsible for the administration of the court and in his absence, the vice president takes over. “So, I give Justice Wright the credit for that,” Kaba said.

He views his assignment as in the interest of Liberia and the ECOWAS sub-region, because it would add to his international experience.

“It is an international exposure and an opportunity also to be of service to one’s own country and to the sub region. This is because the area of human rights law is very important in a sub region like ours. Coming out of a lot of civil strife and military interventions and so forth, how the citizens of our sub region can have confidence in our governing structure is very, very important for the maintenance of peace and security. The only institution that can aid in the process of building that confidence in the various governments that we have is the judicial process.”

He then emphasized the need for more Liberian professionals in various fields to be exposed to such international services and institutions.

Kaba, however, hoped that Liberia’s under-representation at most international and multilateral organizations, including the various ECOWAS institutions, will soon be resolved.

The current composition of the ECOWAS Court, includes Justice Jerome Traore, president, represents Burkina Faso; Justice Yussif D. Kaba, vice president, Liberia, and Justice Hameye F. Mahalmadne, Dean, Mali.

Other members are Justice Yaya Boiro of Guinea; Justice Maria Do C.S. Monteiro, Guinea Bissau; Justice Friday C. Nwoke, Nigeria, and Justice Alioune Sall, Senegal.

Until his recent appointment at the ECOWAS Court, Justice Kaba served in various capacities in Liberia, including Resident Circuit Judge of 6th Judicial Circuit, Acting Court Administrator, Acting Probate Judge, Relieving Judge and member of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate complaints against judges.

Others are Assistant Minister for Litigation, Assistant Minister for Administration and Public Safety at the Ministry of Justice, as well as Legal Counsel in the law offices of Tulay and Associates in Monrovia.

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