Why businesses should consider mediation instead of litigation (Part II)

Some advantages of choosing mediation over litigation in resolving business disputes had been highlighted in an earlier blog post. This post aims to bring to light other advantages that mediation has over court proceedings when it comes to resolving business disputes. Confidentiality One of the major reasons for opting for mediation above litigation is the confidentiality it affords the disputing […]

Why businesses should consider mediation instead of litigation (Part 1)

Businesses, irrespective of their scale or size, get into disputes of all kinds. Businesses, big and small alike, can find themselves in some sort of dispute with their staff members, suppliers, customers, business partners and, of course, other businesses. Big businesses usually can afford to settle these disputes by taking legal action since most of them boast of a robust […]

How do you handle emotional outbursts as a mediator?

Emotional outburst isn’t an unusual occurrence during mediation. Due to the conflicting interests of the parties, there is a very high tendency of either or both of them being quite emotional about the subject matter. Therefore feeling overly sensitive and threatened are not alien emotions. Sometimes the outburst could be mild or extreme depending on the sensitivity of the situation. […]

Self-negotiation strategies to resolve intrapersonal conflicts

Every single day, we are faced with the dilemma of making a choice for ourselves. One would presume that because there is no second party involved that it would be much easier to reach a decision, however this is not the case. The choices we have to make daily ranging from the basic things like choosing between wearing heels and […]

5 ways to improve workplace relationships with mediation

Conflict is practically inevitable in any situation that requires people coming together. This is especially true when cooperation is required over a prolonged period, towards achieving a common goal, for example in the workplace. It is therefore important for employees to imbibe dispute resolution principles and for employers to be deliberate about dealing with conflicts in a way that promotes […]

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 […]

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, […]