Court of Justice of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA Court of Justice)
Cour de justice du Marché commun de l'Afrique de l'est et de l'Afrique australe
Corte de justicia del Mercado Común para Africa Orientale e Austral
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29 June 1998, with the appointment of 7 Judges by 3rd Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, under Article 19 of the Treaty establishing Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). First proposed, 5 Nov 1993, Kampala (Uganda), by Heads of State and Government and plenipotentiaries of Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African States (PTA), to replace PTA Tribunal and PTA Administrative Appeals Board. Registry of the Court is temporarily located at COMESA Headquarters, Lusaka (Zambia).
Ensure adherence to law in the interpretation and application of the Treaty and adjudicate any disputes that may arise among member states regarding the interpretation and application of its provisions.Available with paid subscription only.
The Court has power to hear references from member states, COMESA Secretary-General through Bureau of the Council, natural or legal persons, claims by COMESA employees, requests from national courts on preliminary rulings on the interpretation of provisions of the COMESA Treaty, requests from the Authority or the Council for advisory opinion, and will have jurisdiction over arbitration cases. If a natural or legal individual refers matters directly to the Court, reference must relate to a decision or action of a member state and local remedies must first be exhausted. Judgements of the First Instance Division may be appealed to the Appellate Division.
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