Overview of Conference format (Introduction to Slido).
The conference will implement audience interaction technology in all the sessions through Slido. The system allows participants to ask questions from any device and up-vote the questions they like the most. This ensures that the panellists address the questions that matter most to the audience. The system also engages the audience with live polls. We can ask the audience their opinion and display the results in real time.
Sola Ephraim-Oluwanuga, mni, FIoD, FCIArb. – Chair, Conference Planning Committee.
Opening Plenary Session
The Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria – Hon. Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON: Leading the quest for an effective dispute resolution system.
In this frank and interactive discussion, the audience will have an opportunity to listen to personal insights on some key issues facing arbitration and ADR.
The Honourable CJN will share his thoughts on judicial policy towards arbitration and ADR, delays in the enforcement of arbitral awards and reforms to the civil justice system in supporting arbitration and ADR.
Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, C.Arb. – Member, Board of Trustees, CIArb.
SESSION TWO – Arbitration in Africa: Hot Topics, Evolving Issues, Practices Solutions
The African arbitration landscape has been a hive of activity in recent times. Given the pace of foreign investment on the continent, the demand for international arbitration is expected to rise. This panel will feature a roundtable discussion of landmark cases, policy changes and legislative developments from around Africa; the roles of arbitral institutions and their impact on Arbitration. Panellists will also give their opinion of the most pressing issues participants face in today’s rapidly evolving African arbitration landscape.
The audience will also have an opportunity to table “hot topics” for discussion.
Funke Agbor, SAN – Partner, ACAS-Law. Lagos.
Dr. Sally El Sawah. Independent Lawyer & Arbitrator.
Calvin Nyachotti. Chairman, CIArb. Kenya Branch. Nairobi.
Sylvie Bebohi. Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa.
SESSION THREE – Beyond the Pale: Inclusive Representation of African Practitioners in International Arbitration.
This session discusses the important question of inclusive representation of African practitioners in Arbitration.
Year on Year, statistics from arbitral institutions show an increase in the number of disputes emanating from Africa. There is, however, no correlating increase in the number of African Arbitrators on international arbitral tribunals.
The panellists will share insight from recent data on the experience of Africans in international arbitration and will discuss ideas to increase the representation of African Arbitrators on the international stage.
The panellists will also discuss the Pledge for Africa, which operates along the lines of the so far highly successful pledge for equality in arbitration tribunals.
Elizabeth Oger-Gross. Partner, White & Case, Paris
Emilia Onyema. Associate Professor in International Commercial Law. SOAS, Unuiversity of London.
SESSION FOUR – Adjudication in Construction Contracts: Challenges & Opportunities.
Arbitration and ADR has been inadvertently perceived as the exclusive preserve of lawyers in some jurisdictions. This is far from the truth. Non-lawyers have important roles to play in the various ADR mechanisms.
These mechanisms are reflected in various instruments. For instance, in May 2011, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) published a Standard Bidding Document (SBD) for the procurement of works.
The SBD prescribes a three-tier dispute resolution mechanism: amicable settlement, adjudication and arbitration. The Nigerian legal framework, however, provides no guidance for the applicable rules of adjudication. Moreover, the SBD refers to a non-existing institution as the default authority for appointing adjudicators.
The panellists will discuss the essential roles of non-legal professionals and the challenges and potentials of dispute avoidance boards and adjudication as an effective means of managing and resolving constructions disputes.
Ewuwuni Onnoghen-Theophilus. Lead Counsel, Onnoghen-Theophilus. Abuja.
Nasiru Dantata. Executive Director, Dantata & Sawoe Construction Co. (Nig.) Ltd. President, Federation of Constuction Industry.
COCKTAIL / NETWORKING
Day 2: Friday, October 26th 2018
9:00 am -10:30am
SESSION FIVE – Africa Calling: Building & Marketing an ADR Practice.
In the last decade or so, ADR has grown enormously in Africa. During this same period, the number of professionals servicing this growth has increased exponentially. With increased growth, however, comes increased competition.
To meet this competition and develop a thriving practice, ADR professionals not only have to master their craft, but must also develop business acumen.
This session provides useful suggestions with regard to building a successful ADR practice from a business perspective. Panellists will share their personal experience on leveraging work opportunities in Africa and beyond.To meet this competition and develop a thriving practice, ADR professionals not only have to master their craft, but must also develop business acumen.
Alexandra Kerr Meise. Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Washington D.C.
Natalie Armstrong-Motin. Author of “The Essential Guide to Marketing Your ADR Practice”. Le Havre, France.
Wale Ajiboye. Co-Founder, eLab Accelerators Ltd. Strategy & Marketing Expert, Enterprise Development Centre. Lagos.
Oscar Ekponimo. CEO, Chowberry Inc. Abuja. Time Magazine “Next Generation Leader 2017”. 2016 Rolex Young Laureate.
SESSION SIX – Strategies for Sustainable Development: The ADR Nexus.
With increasing economic activity on the continent, several jurisdictions are vying to become arbitral hubs – recognising the nexus between effective dispute resolution systems and economic development. Achieving this end, however, entails the cultivation of a sustainable business and legal environment. Governments play a critical role in this regard. They must, amongst other things, make their cities attractive business venues; with modern infrastructure; their courts accessible and credible, address issues of corruption and ensure security of lives and property.
Panellists in this session will have a roundtable discussion on creating a sustainable culture for domestic and intra-Africa arbitration – with a view to sustaining an environment for economic development.
Tunde Ogunseitan. Counsel, ICC Internal Court of Arbitration. Paris.
SESSION SEVEN – Commercial Mediation in Africa: Leveraging Untapped Advantages.
To facilitate commercial activity, the business community needs a system that is certain, predictable, and offers efficient and appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve conflicts that inevitable occur. Commercial mediation is an under-utilised tool in this regard. As a dispute resolution process, it offers flexible solutions for a fast-changing world. Innovative systems have been developed to mitigate problems before they occur, saving both time and money.
Panellists is this session will discuss the use of mediation as a viable method for preventing and resolving commercial disputes.
Dr. Agada Elachi. Partner, Greenfield Chambers. Abuja.
Florence Fiberesima. Solicitor General of Rivers State and Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Justice.
CONFERENCE WRAP UP
Sola Ephraim-Oluwanugamni, FIoD, FCIArb. Chair, Conference Planning Committee.