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Towards a Harmonized Status of the Judicial Officer in WAEMU Area

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At the end of the meetings of experts and ministers of justice members of the WAEMU states that was attended by the UIHJ in Dakar (Senegal) from 10 to 14 March 2014, the proposal to harmonise the status of judicial officers at community level of the area was adopted

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 This decision is a great victory for the UIHJ and African judicial officers. It crowns many years of work and effort to develop and promote a harmonised status of the profession of judicial officer in Africa. Indeed the idea was presented in 2006 at the occasion of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of "The Call of Dakar”.

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) comprises eight countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d' Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo), all members of the UIHJ except Guinea-Bissau. As a sub-regional integration tool, WAEMU's mission is to achieve the economic integration of member states through the strengthening of the competitiveness of economic activities in the framework of an open and competitive market and a streamlined and harmonised legal environment. Close links has flourished with WAEMU for several years.

The UIHJ was represented at this meeting by its vice president, Honoré Aggrey and Rosine Bogoré Zongo, president of the National Chamber of Judicial Officers of Burkina Faso. The meeting particularly focused on the Community Strategy to reduce restrictions on the freedom to provide services and the right of establishment of judicial officers.

After recalling the experience of the UIHJ and its mission to promote a uniform status of the judicial officer, the delegation of the UIHJ suggested that the draft statute submitted to the Council of Ministers of the Organisation for the harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (Ohada) and the work of the reflection Committee of the UIHJ on WAEMU serve as a working basis.

Judging by the conclusions and recommendations of the meeting of experts, the proposals of the delegation were welcomed:

" Given the specificity of the profession of public officers responsible for the organisation of public power, as well as the sovereignty of Member States in this regard, the meeting of experts recommends further harmonisation of national legislation in a gradual approach emphasising:
- The harmonisation at Community level of the status of judicial officers, including in particular the standardisation of qualifications;
- The creation of a regional training centre for judicial officers
- The harmonisation of national legislation of the Member States
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The ministerial meeting that followed adopted the above conclusions and recommendations. Ministers asked the WAEMU Commission to work closely with the UIHJ for the preparation of draft statutes for judicial officers of the WAEMU area. The doors of the harmonisation of the profession of judicial officer in Africa are now open.
 
 
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