October 12, 2021
The President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Michaela Barbara Eddinia Swallow has participated in a West African Legal Practitioner (WALPC) Consultation with Legal Practitioners on Transitional Justice in ECOWAS organised in Accra from 6th – 7th October 2021.
Speaking during the consultative session, the Bar Association President stated that Sierra Leone had the unique experience of a successful Transitional Justice System that was evidenced by the Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
She highlighted the importance of Traditional Justice System and its relationship to the formal Justice System in the justice delivery of any country. She explained about the successes and challenges of Sierra Leone’s reparation programme to underscore the sustainability of the Transitional Justice processes.
Other speakers, including Heads of other Bar Associations and Senior Legal Practitioners in the sub-region, made their contributions and commended the Sierra Leone Bar Association President for sharing Sierra Leone’s experience on Transitional Justice processes.
In another development, Ms. Michaela B. E. Swallow Esq. was appointed as the Respresentative of the Bar Associations in Anglophone Countries in West Africa as part of a committee of three (3) members representing Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Bar Associations in West Africa.
The three-member committee was tasked with the responsibility of facilitating a signed declaration that will reactivate the West African Bar Association. The appointment of Ms. Michaela B. E. Swallow Esq. to represent the Anglophone Bar Associations in the committee demonstrates Ms. Swallow’s credible and admirable leadership in Sierra Leone and the subregion.
The two-day Regional Consultation with Legal Practitioners on Transitional Justice was sponsored by the Center for Democracy and Development. The consultation was attended by Heads of Bar Associations in West African countries, Senior Legal Practitioners, Representatives from ECOWAS and the Union of Pan African Lawyers.