Harnessing the power of mediation to drive social change

Over the past few decades the practice of mediation has enjoyed increasing acceptance across the world. It has been used to resolve conflicts in lots of differing contexts ranging from families to schools, communities, workplace and commercial disputes. Mediation affirms the general premise that most people appreciate fairness and want to do what is right. The work of the mediator […]

What everyone should know about arbitration in Nigeria

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly popular globally and Nigeria is not left out. ADR is an umbrella term for any means of settling disputes outside the courtroom. Such means include mediation, arbitration and negotiation. This blog post will focus on helping non-technical readers understand the general concept of arbitration. Unlike litigation which is a court based process to […]

How Are International Sanctions Impacting Russian Arbitration?

Ever since the introduction and then expansion of international sanctions on Russia (in particular by the US and the EU), arbitration practitioners have questioned whether this will prompt a change in the party selection of international arbitration in Russia-related commercial agreements. Specifically, whether historically popular arbitral venues outside Russia (London, Stockholm and others in Europe) will see a decline in […]

Irish Supreme Court rejects litigation funding

Ireland remains closed to litigation funding, following a majority ruling by the Supreme Court that Harbour Litigation Funding could not fund the long-running Persona litigation against the government, a former minister and a businessman. The Supreme Court of Ireland has dismissed the appeal in Persona Digital Telephony v Minister for Public Enterprise, upholding the Irish ban on third-party litigation funding. […]

Photo Story: CIArb International Arbitration Conference 2017

The Arbitration Hub was represented at the International Arbitration Conference organised by Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Dubai. The programme comprised a series of panel discussions on a variety of topics including: The role of legislation in developing and sustaining an arbitration friendly seat The perspective from arbitral institutions on building the synergy between civil and common law The civil-common […]

Resolving Deadlock in Negotiation

Just like conflict, disagreement is a fact of life. And this is especially true in the context of negotiation. In simple terms, negotiation is a discussion intended to produce an agreement. It can also be defined as an attempt to satisfy our needs when somebody else controls what we want. When different parties are trying to reach a mutually agreeable […]

Customary Mediation in Marriage in Nigeria

Nigeria is made up of several tribes and cultures each of which is governed by various laws and customs. Customary law is a system of law that reflects and reveals the culture, custom, values and habits of the people whose activities are regulated by their custom. The custom varies from one tribe to another, which mostly adapt to the social, […]

Mediation for the Custody of Children under Native Law and Custom

Decisions of mediators in cases for the custody of children are largely influenced by the general rule under all native laws and customs in Nigeria which says that the right of the custody of the children whose parents are divorced or separated belongs to the father, except where a child is too young to be separated from the mother until […]

Conflict Management Skills for Everyday Life

While it is true that we cannot always prevent conflict, we can always nip it in the bud by imbibing and consciously deploying conflict resolution skills every time we find ourselves in a dispute. If we make a deliberate attempt to resolve conflict at the early stages, we may not have to deal with sour relationships, wasted time, high costs […]

Sample Ground Rules for the Mediation Process

Although mediation is generally an informal process, mediators usually specify guidelines and rules of conduct towards facilitating fruitful and productive communication. It is important to have ground rules because they define the purpose of the mediation process at hand and shape how discussions will be conducted. By establishing rules about the behaviour of concerned parties and how decisions will be […]