How Caucusing can Facilitate ADR

Meeting separately with the various parties to a dispute can be a useful strategy for a mediator to adopt. This can be done by conducting separate sessions and this is what is called caucus meetings. Why meet separately? Frequently, parties could find themselves in a position in which they need to provide the mediator with pertinent information that they do […]

Limitation Period For The Enforcement Of Arbitration Awards In Nigeria – City Engineering Nig. Limited vs. Federal Housing Authority

Introduction The time from which the limitation period for the commencement of an action for the enforcement of arbitral awards in Nigeria begins to run has been the subject of considerable concern to both practitioners and academics in Nigeria  and indeed England. This is even more so, when the legal position in Nigeria appears to differ significantly from that in […]

Appreciating Issues in Mediation

Mediation normally begins with getting the parties involved to give a complete narrative description of the dispute by each party in turn.  Most often the party who initiated the hearing or filed the complaint starts to speak first. This is the parties’ first opportunity to express their anger and frustrations  about their dispute, it also provides the mediator with his […]

Resolving Interpersonal Disputes through Mediation

Mediation is the handmaiden of conflict, it doubtlessly emerged whenever some bystander was prevailed upon to persuade contending stone-age parties to compose their disruptive differences. Thus, mediation has been around about as long as human beings, although its use and acceptability has varied widely among different cultures and at different times. In Africa, it was the cardinal means of resolving […]

Who is an Effective Mediator?

A mediator is an impartial party who assists disputing parties to identify the issues in dispute between them and explore possible solutions that will be acceptable to both parties. The mediator is not a passive listener who nods his head in compassionate understanding as the parties describe their woes. On the contrary the mediator is an active listener and quite […]

Development of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Whilst arbitration developed as result of the inability of the courts to satisfy some of the expectation of people in resolution of disputes. Alternative dispute resolution arose largely because the arbitral process was becoming unduly expensive and long because of the gradual creeping in of judicial technicalities of dispute resolution. Thus there began a gradual shift of emphasis from the […]

Disputes Are Inevitable. How Do You Resolve Them?

Disputes are generally an inevitable part of human interactions. Such disputes are likely to arise from different human transactions including economic activities, family relationships, community and neighbourhood activities, international activities, religious activities and other civil activities. When these disputes arise, it is only natural that the parties will want to resolve them peacefully and the common method of doing so […]