Liberia Hosts Int’l Judges’ Conference Next Week By: Yassah J Wright


 Liberian Judges’ President, Nancy Finda Sammy, has described a pending judges’ conference to be hosted in Liberia as an image building for the country’s judicial system. Over 300 delegates of judges and jurists from across Africa, Europe and the United States of America are expected in the country from May 6 to the 10th to attend the International Association of Judges (IAJ) Conference.

The conference, according to Judge Nancy Finda Sammy, is organized by the African Regional Group as part of its Annual Rotational Meeting. The five-day gathering is under the topic” The Judiciary In Contemporary Times: Dispensing Justice in the New Information Age.” It will be held at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Minsterial Complex. At a press conference on May 2 at the Temple of Justice, Sammy disclosed that Liberia Chief Justice, Sie-A-NyeneYuoh, will deliver the Keynote Address. Justice Yuoh will deliver on the topic; “The Impact of the Media on the Public’s Perception of Justice in the new Information Age.” Other speakers, including Professor PLO Lumumba of Kenya, Sammy said, are expected to deliver papers. Prof.  luminaries will speak on the topic “Building Integrity through Positive Actions : A mean of Ensuring an independent judiciary. President Joseph Boakai is expected to lead an array of government officials at the opening session of the conference in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex. Judge Sammy said hosting the conference for the first time would help to improve the image of the country’s judicial system. “This is good for our country peace building process particularly with the new government and the gathering of legal luminaries to Liberia would also improve the image building of the country legal system,” Judge Sammy.  Liberia gained membership of the IAJ in November 2017, during its conference held at Santiago, Chile, Judge Sammy disclosed. Emphasizing on membership, Judge Sammy said, IAJ has a seat at United Nations Secretary Council, where it has been a voice for judges throughout the world. “IAJ has a seat at the Security Council, and so, when people or government messed up with judges around the world, they would support the judge,” Sammy said. Given an example, Sammy explained that a judge in Tunisia was suspended by the President. But the IAJ currently on the back of the government to lift the suspension. “If they don’t adhere to the demand of IAJ, they are going to take up the matter against the country to the Security Council,” she said. The International Association of Judges (IAJ) is a professional, non-political International organisation, and its key objective is to promote the rule of law, access to justice, independence of the Judiciary and the promotion of human rights. The organisation was founded in 1958 in Salisburg, Australia, and has its headquarters in Rome, Italy. IAJ currently comprises 98 member countries and representatives’ group from five continents with the African Regional Group comprises 20 countries, including Liberia.

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