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NCMG African ADR Summit

Since 2006, in conjunction with the National Judicial Institute and other stakeholders as the theme may determine, the NCMG International organized Annual African ADR Summit, where leading ADR institutions and practitioners meet together with prominent sons and daughters of Africa to discuss leading edge thinking on ADR Practice in Africa. Since convening the first Summit, we have seen the consistent development of a Think tank of topical ADR issues which result in the much-needed resource pool for the African ADR Community, and most importantly solving of the contemporary problems ranging from economic growth to security and political challenges. Below are the highlights of past summit:

 

1st NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2006

Tagged the ADR ‘The African Renaissance’, at the 1st NCMG African ADR Summit, the NCMG charted the path towards a holistic approach in addressing the regional and institutional challenges to equity, justice and peace building not only in Nigeria, but Africa.

 

2nd NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2007

At the second ADR Summit, it was a unique opportunity to explore the prospects of a justice system anchored on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and its potentials in fostering an enduring culture of justice, peace and economic development in Africa. It synthesized the experiences and views of specialists, practitioners and academics in the fast growing field of ADR and Conflict Management areas of restorative justice, peace building and economic development in Africa.

 

3rd NCMG African ADR Summit – November 2008

At the second ADR Summit, it was a unique opportunity to explore the prospects of a justice system anchored on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and its potentials in fostering an enduring culture of justice, peace and economic development in Africa. It synthesized the experiences and views of specialists, practitioners and academics in the fast growing field of ADR and Conflict Management areas of restorative justice, peace building and economic development in Africa.

 

4th NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2009

Convened amidst a changing global economy and investment environment, the theme of the 4th NCMG African ADR Summit was “The global economy and investments in Africa: Turning adversity into opportunity through negotiation and the courts.’’ The Summit explored the possibility of a common regional order on dispute resolution which could help in addressing the present and future challenges to the growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa. The relevance of the tool of negotiation and the role for the courts in the new order, at the domestic and regional plane, also attracted a robust discourse from a carefully selected panel and participants drawn from diverse backgrounds.

 

5th NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2010

The 5th NCMG African ADR Summit with theme “Political Differences and Electoral Disputes in Africa: Challenges of the Courts and the Promise of ADR drew different players in the political and judicial sphere from Africa and beyond. Held at the prestigious Federal Palace Hotel Vitoria Island Lagos on 11 November 2010, the summit provided a suitable avenue for intellectual give and take, experience exchange in the field of ADR, politics and electoral issues among the brightest minds from Africa and outside.

 

6th NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2011

6th NCMG African ADR Summit structure themed “Managing Industrial Disputes in Africa: The Role of the Judiciary and the Place of ADR” had in highlight the presentation of intellectually challenging papers. Held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Metropolitan Club, 15 Kofo Abayomi Road, Victoria Island, Lagos the lead paper was delivered by no less a dignitary than the former President of Ghana, Mr. John Kufuor, followed by other equally well researched, presented and received papers by an assortment of adept professionals.

 

7th NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2012

The 7th NCMG African ADR Summit with theme Plea bargaining: A Threat or promise to Criminal Justice System in Africa drew different players in the Legal, Criminal Justice Administration and judicial sphere from Nigeria and beyond. Held at the prestigious Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre on 15 November 2012, the summit provided a suitable avenue for intellectual give and take, experience exchange in the field of Criminal Justice System in Nigeria.

 

8th NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2013

With a theme titled “Towards Zero Violence in African Elections; The Bench, the Bar and the Civil Society as Drivers of Peace,” the 8th NCMG African ADR Summit presents a highly rewarding international event with an array of carefully vetted and selected statesmen and professionals. These notable dignitaries will constructively engage attendees on Africa’s Electoral Renaissance and Rebirth – Zero Violence as an integrated pre-courser for electoral peace and harmony in Africa

 

9th NCMG African ADR Summit- November 2014

The 9th NCMG African ADR Summit held on November 2014 was moved from the remote reaches of West Africa, to the high altitudes (and cities) of East -Africa, way down to the Kalahari- bordered mines of South Africa, ADR has found warm welcome among the peoples, sweeping across these regions and setting off a silent revolution of the legal and social systems in its wake; a revolution that points to a faster, more efficient and cost-effective means of dispute resolution. This development could not have come at a more auspicious time and ‘The First NCMG East African ADR Summit’ tagged “ADR and Rule of Law for East African Prosperity” was convened to capture The African Renaissance!

 

59 YEARS OF LITIGATION IN NIGERIA – November 2017

Business Demands & Future of the Courts

Area of Focus:

    Criminal Justice System & Restorative Justice

    Disruption and the Emerging Face of Law Practice and the Courts

    Promise of Online Dispute Resolution on Labour & Commercial Disputes

    Entertainment and Fashion Industry in Africa: The Role of Lawyers,          

    Financial Advisors & Technology

Full Participant Engagement with Interactive Core Questions

  • 4 Lead Speakers
  • 4 Session Chairs
  • 20 Reputable Panelists

 

Date:               NOVEMBER 1 & 2, 2017

Venue:            LAGOS ORIENTAL HOTELS, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS, NIGERIA

 

The digital disruption of today compels new thinking. With the attendant backlog of cases within the docket of courts, the subject of quick dispensation of justice may almost seem impossible. For years, Nigeria has fared poorly in the global rankings for both ease of doing business and economic competitiveness; one cannot but wonder if litigation which is the default means of dispute resolution in Nigeria still serves its purposes. The resolution of many disputes culminates not in smiles, handshakes and prospects for synergy, but in acrimony, legal fee, delay and mutual loss. These factors have a drastic effect on businesses and thus, affect the economy.

The Summit shall begin with a thorough review of the 59 years history of litigation in Nigeria and examine the frustration and demands of the business community. In addition, the conference shall examine fresh approaches to criminal justice system including the threats to courts, the place of lawyers and other service providers in the face of evolving technology. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON is expected to give the Keynote Address while Michael Leathes, a renowned mediator and a member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), Hague, Netherland and Mahmoud Abubakar Balarabe, SAN, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association shall speak on the theme of the conference

The 2day event shall address issues such as the Criminal Justice System as it relates to Plea bargaining and restorative Justice; Disruptive Economy and its threat to Professional Service Providers (including lawyers and Judges); the Effect of the Administration of Justice on small Businesses amongst other topics.

Who Will Attend the ADR Summit?

Major Stakeholders in dispute resolution will attend the ADR Summit including Judges, businesses, lawyers, academics, judges, arbitrators, mediators, bankers, professional service providers, policy makers, chamber of commerce, government officials and others. They will also stimulate new ideas and generate actionable plans on the expectation of businesses and future of the courts and professional service providers.

 

 

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