By Usman Shuaibu
The Yunusa Usman Chambers, Faculty of Law at the University of Abuja has sensitised the law students on the supranational courts during its annual send forth/public lecture.
Delivering Yunusa Usman chambers public lecture with the theme “The Role of Supranational Courts Under the Nigerian Legal System”, a legal luminary in the department of International and comparative law at the Federal Ministry of Justice Abuja, Barr. Danjuma Abdulai, said the supranational courts were created in order to resolve disputes in the area of international law.
He said: “The supranational courts are courts created through treaties or agreements made by state parties to the treaties or agreements under international law”.
He explained that the supranational courts were governed by the rules of international law as spelt out in the treaties or agreements that established such courts.
He pointed out that one of the main benefits of establishing the supranational organisations or courts was for maintenance of peace, security as well welfare of the citizens of the member states.
His words: “Despite the many benefits of supranational institutions, certain problems have emerged with the advent of supranational institutions”.
He said another hiccup associated with supranational courts was the low level of loyalty to such courts, noting that citizens were committed to their nation states than to the supranational organisations due to various motives ranging from political, economic and social differences.
He further said: “States whose economy is weal may find it difficult to discharge their financial obligations to supranational institutions”.
Abdullahi, however, cited that some of the supranational courts and panels existed at the global, regional as well sub-regional levels included the International Criminals Courts, the African courts on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panels, the European Court of Justice and the International Court of Justice among others.
In an interview at the occasion, the principal partner of Yunusa Usman Chambers, Nnaji Samuel Chukwudi, said the public lecture was being organised to educate the law students on the functions, roles as well jurisdiction of supranational courts.
Meanwhile, the seventeen officials of the Chambers were swore in during the send forth/public lecture.