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Abstract I was super excited to welcome Professor Mark Feldman, one of my mentors and an accomplished leader in the area of Commercial Investment Arbitration. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a JD from Columbia Law School, a James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law. He has served both in Private and Public sectors ranging from the USA, China, Singapore and many Asian nations. For instance, he had served on the faculty of the Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials, held annually ...
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ABSTRACT I was delighted to welcome Mrs Anuolu Gade, the Director of Oyo State Multi-Door Courthouse (OYSMDC) and a member of the Governing Board of OYSMDC. Mrs Gade obtained a degree in Law from the University of Ibadan in 1998 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2001. She worked at the Public Prosecution Department for ten (10) years as a Prosecutor. She also worked as a Mediator at the Oyo State Citizen Mediation Centre, Ministry of Justice, for about six (6) years and later rose to become a Deputy Director in the Mediation Centre. Mrs Gade is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Nigeria, an Associate Member ...
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Mrs Achere Cole-Deputy Director LMDC ABSTRACT In today's EVA episode, I was pleased to welcome Mrs Achere Cole, the Deputy Director and Head of Operations of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) and Secretary to the Governing Council of LMDC. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and a second master’s degree in law from the University of Lagos. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2003 and is a CEDR UK Accredited mediator. Mrs Achere has national and regional experience in building ADR mechanisms and capacity. She consulted for ...
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Professor Emilia Onyema ABSTRACT I was super excited to welcome Professor Emilia Onyema, a Professor in International Commercial Law at SOAS, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, qualified to practice law in Nigeria, and as a Solicitor in England & Wales. Professor Onyema is a member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration, the Advisory Committee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). She presides over the Advisory Committee of the Libya Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. ...
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ABSTRACT I was delighted to welcome Mr Edward Luke II, a Barrister-at-law, England and Wales, a Barrister and Solicitor of Sierra Leone, and an Attorney of law, Botswana. He is the Managing Partner of Luke and Associates and one of Botswana’s leading lawyers with a wealth of local and international experience. He has engaged in several high-profile cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Botswana, including Botswana’s most sensational murder trial; appeared in the Court of Appeal with Sir Desmond de Silva Q.C. Mr Luke is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the United Kingdom, Kenya and Zambia. He is also a fellow of the ...
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ABSTRACT Questions have been asked on 'Whether Family Mediation falls into the general mediation or forms a different class of Mediation' ? To answer the above-mentioned question, I invited Mr Joseph Omorere, a Masters degree holder in Dispute Resolution from Kingston University London. He is passionate about ADR and a qualified solicitor of England and Wales. Mr Omorere has practised for over nineteen (19) years in Immigration, Crime, Civil Litigation and Employment Law. Keywords: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Mediation, Mediation, United Kingdom. INTRODUCTION What is Family Mediation? The concept of family mediation ...
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ABSTRACT I was excited to welcome Mrs Caroline Nene Etuk, the former Director of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), the first court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre in Africa. She obtained a Masters Degree in Law from Kings College, University of London. Mrs Etuk was involved in legal practice until 2006 when she joined the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) as Centre Manager of the LMDC. Additionally, Mrs Etuk was accredited as an international mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in 2008. She is currently the Director of the Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse (ESMDC) from inception (July 2018) ...
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I was thrilled to welcome Mr Kelly Agbonze, a Legal Practitioner who was called to the Nigerian Bar more than 12 years ago. He has handled many cases in Arbitration and Litigation. In this EVA episode, we threw more light on the following questions - a) What is dispute resolution? b) Why, Adjudication? c) What are the differences between Adjudication and Arbitration? This last question stems from the arguments in some reviewed literature where some scholars have highlighted the resemblance and differences between them. INTRODUCTION: Why, Adjudication? The Umbrella that holds ...
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ABSTRACT I was delighted to welcome Mrs Adeyinka Aroyewun, the Director and Member of the Governing Council at the (LMDC); an International Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), United Kingdom (UK), Member of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK. She has mediated over seventy (70) disputes and has gained experience in a comprehensive range of disputes, such as Commercial Disputes, Financial/Banking, Property, Employment and Family Disputes. In this episode of EVA, we critically discussed the following questions - What prompted the birth of the LMDC in the Nigerian Judicial Landscape? What are the advantages of using the ...
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Abstract I was thrilled to welcome Mrs Nnezi Miriam Ivenso, a lawyer with 13 (thirteen) years, post -qualification experience in active legal practise including Litigation, ADR and Corporate Commercial Practice. She holds a master's degree in Law Financial Services from the University of London, a certified Mediator, enlisted as a Neutral with the Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse (ESMDC) as well as an Associate Member of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators, (CIArb), United Kingdom. In this episode of Expert Views on ADR (EVA), the following questions were posed and dealt with - what is Mediation, what are the criteria for finding or hiring the right ...
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Abstract I was thrilled to welcome Mr Johnson Amaechi, a practising lawyer in Nigeria and a graduate of the renowned Obafemi Awolowo University. We extensively discussed the following questions: 'What is the concept or philosophy behind the Customary Arbitration'? This question predicates the 5th Episode of Expert Views on ADR (EVA) where Mr IK Onuoma and I highlighted that they are two forms of Arbitration in Nigeria. The discussion leads to the second question 'What is the current development of Arbitration in Nigeria.' Introduction What is the Philosophy or Concept behind the Customary Arbitration? We pointed out that the concept behind ...
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Introduction Is there an interplay between ego and apology, which are two sides of a coin when it comes to dispute resolution? I and Esther Ebigbo, a First Class graduate of psychology from the University of Nigeria, who works with persons with disabilities; an inspirational singer, provided a comprehensive insight into the above-stated question. We also dealt with 'whether people can have a subject matter bias'? The reason for this question predicates the 5th Episode of EVA where we discussed that some lawyers are yet to embrace ADR. Definition of Ego To have an insight into the above subject matter, we foregrounded the definition of ego. The ...
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Introduction In episode 5 of Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Podcast, two questions were raised, the first one was 'what prompted the birth of the ESMDC' and the second question was, 'what could influence the selection of an ADR option'? I had the opportunity to discuss these questions with Mr Ikechukwu Onuoma Esq (Notary Public), the Managing Partner of Obra Legal; a lawyer with over 14 years experience in Litigation, Domestic and International Arbitration and Negotiation. He is also a Charted Mediator who has mediated over 15 cases at the Enugu State Multi-Door courthouse (ESMDC) since the inception of ESMDC in 2018 and a member of the Editorial ...
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Introduction In this episode of Expert Views on ADR (EVA), I and Ms Chika Maduakolam, a PhD Candidate in Socio-legal studies at York University, Toronto; a lawyer with over ten (10) years experience in civil litigation and dispute resolution presents a general overview of arbitration and why it is a suitable process for potential users. An overview of Arbitration We started off with what is ADR? Then delved into what arbitration means at a basic level. In furtherance, comparative analysis between arbitration and the traditional African method of settling disputes (TAMSD) was revisited. We went on to look at the similarities of Arbitration and litigation, ...
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ADRoIT Principles

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It was a while ago, but listen to this presentation I gave to the LEADR Kongres in 2011: philip-argy-kongres11.mp3 Here are the slides to go with it: kongres_ADRoIT_20110907.pdf Feedback/comments welcome Would you like to see RI run courses in ADRoIT? Can you see it as something you would like to do? #arbitration #mediation
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