Challenges with International Arbitration in Africa: The Perceived and Real Problems

With the explosion of technology and increased globalisation, arbitration has become the preferred mechanism for settling disputes. While the concept of arbitration has existed in one form or another for centuries, the current popularity of international arbitration is something that has occurred slowly over a period time, particularly over the past twenty years. This increase in its popularity can in […]

The International Center For Settlement Of Investment Disputes ( ICSID)

The center was established at the Washington Convention of March 18 1965, for settlements of investment disputes between states and between nationals of ratifying states. The center is part of World Bank and is of special importance to developing countries because of the growing involvement of the World bank in the financing of their development programmes. The convention is designed […]

Online Dispute Resolution

Technology is changing our lives in different ways. With the Internet we can reach out to anyone, anywhere with just a few keystrokes. We now carry devices around with us to enable us have access to virtually any available information and we can instantly communicate via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other means. Before the 1990s there was no commercial […]

Autonomy and Independence of the Arbitration Clause

The agreement may be drawn separately or may form part of the contract of the transaction between the parties. Where the arbitration clause is part of the contract, it is nevertheless regarded in law as a separate contract. In the case of Heyman V Darwin¬† (1942) All ER 337 the court in considering the legal status of such a clause […]

Few Highlights of the Arbitration Act

a). The Arbitration Clause: The Arbitration and Concilliation Act (ACA)mandates that all arbitration agreements must be in writing and signed by the parties, in exchange of letters or point of claim or defence. In Nigeria, arbitration clauses are irrevocable except by the leave of court or mutual agreement of parties. Even where parties had no prior agreement, with a submission […]

How To Start A Peer Mediation Session

The coordinator who must be a trained mediator and one who has both the time and commitment building a successful peer mediation program plays a central-stage role¬†in the mediation process. The coordinator has the responsibility of selecting the student mediator(s) who act(s) as a neutral third party to guide conversations between peers in the conflict. At the mediation session the […]

Resolutions Through Peer Mediation

Peer mediation is a voluntary process in which a student trained as a neutral third party helps other students settle their conflict. It offers schools an alternative to the traditional disciplinary practices such as suspension and sometimes expulsion. The goal of peer mediation is to reduce conflict and help the student to develop the conflict resolution skills of effective communication, […]