Press release

Bernard Georges appointed judge to COMESA Court of Justice

March 30, 2015

Mr Bernard Georges well-known legal practitioner, has today been appointed Judge to the Court of Justice of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) by the Heads of State and Government of the Authority during their  18th summit meeting being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mr Georges was elected as one of the twelve judges to the Court of Justice during the meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the organization on 4th March in Khartoum, Sudan. His term of office is for a period of 5 years and will commence in July 2015. This is the first time a Seychellois is appointed as Judge to the Court.

The Court of Justice is an institution created to uphold the Rule of Law in the interpretation and application of the COMESA Treaty. In particular, the Treaty  provides for a dispute settlement mechanism in the framework of international trade. Over the years, litigants from both the public and private sectors of the COMESA region have taken their disputes to the Court of Justice for resolution and settlement.

The Court will henceforth be permanently  based in Khartoum, Sudan. The building housing the Court was inaugurated on 5th March 2015. The Court will meet on an ad-hoc basis, as and when there will be cases to be heard. 

Seychelles was also honoured today at the Summit with the appointment of Mr George Tirant, Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Trading Commission, as Board Member of the COMESA Commission for Competition.

The re-election of the the Founding President of Seychelles, Mr James Mancham, to the Committee of Elders for a 4-year period during the meeting of Foreign Affairs on 28th March, was today endorsed by the Summit.

The Seychelles delegation to the Summit is being headed by Mr Danny Faure, Vice President of the Republic.