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 […]

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 […]

Why Mediation is Becoming Increasingly Popular

Life, at its very essence, revolves around relationships. We cannot claim to be fully alive and well if we’re not interacting and transacting with other people. This simple fact makes disputes inevitable, leading to the development of the judicial system and the popularity of litigation as a means of seeking redress in civil matters or meting out punishments in criminal […]

How Successful School Administrators Implement Peer Mediation

Peer mediation programs help to create safer schools by helping students to take responsibility for the conflict resolution process as opposed to the traditional disciplinary methods. The essence of peer mediation is to help young people imbibe conflict resolution and problem solving skills thereby facilitating a cordial disposition among students. Trained peer mediators provide a bridge between contending parties, hearing […]

Cases Not Likely To Be Suitable For Mediation

Even some ardent practitioners of Alternative Dispute Resolution will agree that there are some disputes that are unsuitable for ADR. Some of the cases which might be seen as “unsuitable for mediation” were mentioned in the case of HALSEY V MILTON KEYENS GENERAL NHS TRUST [2004] 4 ALL E.R 920. In this case the Court Of Appeal held that dealing […]

How To Reach A Settlement In Mediation

As parties approach agreement in the mediation sessions, alternative methods are available to the parties and mediator. If it seems helpful, the mediator can convene an intermediate joint session where the parties can negotiate the final points, face to face. If necessary, one or more private sessions may be interposed.  Again, the mediator might convene a final joint session at […]

Is Alternative Dispute Resolution A Friend Of The Bar And The Bench?

The courtrooms are overwhelmed by the volume of litigation they have to deal with and this slows down the growth of good businesses.  Consequently, businessmen and women turn to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which is more flexible, confidential and fast. ADR is generally seen as being faster and more economical than court proceedings. It can also be shaped to suit […]

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 […]

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 […]