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Economic Community of West African States; Nigeria; United Nations: Partnership to Fight Spread of Weapons

(Mar. 31, 2014) Nigeria has partnered with two international organizations, the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in developing a weapons collection program for the unstable northern portion of the country. The purpose is to limit the spread of small arms and light weapons (SALW), considered key to the civil […]

Economic Community of West African States: Single Customs Tariff Agreement

(Nov. 15, 2013) On October 25, 2013, the nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a 15-country regional cooperative bloc, agreed to establish a single customs tariff system. (ECOWAS Member States, ECOWAS website (last visited Nov. 8, 2013); West African Bloc Moves Further Towards Regional Economic Integration, ALLAFRICA.COM (Oct. 26, 2013).) According […]

Economic Community of West African States: Uniform Framework on Freedom of Expression, Information Considered

(Mar. 21, 2012) From March 5-9, 2012, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a meeting of its Technical Committee on Legal and Judicial Affairs and the Ministers of Justice of the Member States, in Abuja, Nigeria. (Schedule of Meetings, 2012, ECOWAS website (last visited Mar. 19, 2012).) ECOWAS was founded in 1975 […]

Economic Community of West African States: Humanitarian Law Seminar

(Sept. 28, 2010) On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, “National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL),” began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) gathered to discuss the implementation of international humanitarian treaties. One focus will be the role of […]

Economic Community of West African States: Niger Found Guilty in Slavery Case

(Oct. 30, 2008) The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in a landmark decision, recently found Niger guilty of failing to protect a woman from slavery. Hadijatou Mani, who was a slave for ten years following her sale as a child, was awarded a payment of ten million […]

Economic Community of West African States: Small Arms Convention Close to Implementation

(Oct. 9, 2008) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on October 6, 2008, that with all member countries but one having ratified its Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Their Ammunition and Other Related Materials [Convention on Small Arms], the sub-regional group is very close to implementation of the legally binding […]