Virtual Dispute Resolution Proceedings in the New Normal: Its Evolution and a Review of Select International Texts

The events of the 1st quarter of 2020 have left an indelible message— “normal” has changed. We have a new world to deal with courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. One area that has benefited from this rude shock to our daily routine is the technology that allows us to bridge space and time to connect. […]

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Swimming Against the Current: The Emerging Jurisprudence as Regards Right to Appeals of Arbitration Awards in Kenya

In Kenya, Arbitration is classified among the mechanisms commonly referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and involves a neutral third party in the settlement of disputes. The Arbitration Act of Kenya, 1995[1] defines arbitration to mean ―any arbitration administered by a permanent arbitral institution or otherwise.[2] This definition has been termed by some scholars […]

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LACIAC’S ADR Personality Special (June 2020)

More than ever before, it has become evident that we live in an inter-connected world. As arbitrators, the idea of building an international arbitration practice and experience has become ever more significant. In this edition of LACIAC’s ADR Personality Special, Tsegaye Laurendeau, takes on a journey that demystifies the secrets to breaking into the international […]

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Training on Advanced Contract Drafting, Negotiation & Dispute Management

The International Institute of Business Intelligence (IIBI) in collaboration with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre is organising a training on “Advanced Contract Drafting, Negotiation & Dispute Management”. This training is scheduled to hold at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island from 5th – 6th March 2020. Course Director Adv. Coenraad H. Snyman […]

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The 2019 Innovation and Tech Law Summit

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in collaboration with the Innovation & Technology Lawyers Network presents the 2019 Innovation and Tech Law Summit, themed: “Ensuring an Enabling Environment for Digital Innovation”. The 2019 Innovation and Tech Law Summit will bring together key stakeholders within the ecosystem of technology, fintech, regulation and law. […]

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3rd Edition of LACIAC’s 2019 E-Newsletter

In May 2019, African countries created one of the largest free trade areas in the world after the World Trade organization. As we make history, LACIAC takes a deep dive into the dispute resolution framework of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). We consider pertinent questions including whether sufficient protection is afforded individuals and […]

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How African Countries Approach ISDS Arbitration: Any Effect on the AfCFTA Investment Protocol?

*Written by Talkmore Chidede Historically, African countries have signed investment treaties, particularly bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), as a developmental strategy.  To date, BITs have been executed between African countries (intra-African BITs), with developed countries (traditional/North-South BITs) or with other developing countries outside the continent (South-South BITs). Virtually all BITs […]

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Protecting the Interest of Private Investors under the AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Mechanism

*Written by Tolu Olatunji Regional trade agreements often encounter some legal uncertainties due to unpredictability, non-compliance, non-transparency, and lack of remedies in instances of breaches.  Private investors and traders are the most likely to be negatively affected and this sometimes makes investors more pensive and doubtful about the markets if it is not certain that […]

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African States Launch the Operational Phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, Creating One of the Largest Common Markets in the World

*Written by Naomi Tarawali During the African Union’s 12th Extraordinary Summit in early July, the signatory States of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (the “Agreement”), which entered into force on May 30, 2019, launched the Agreement’s operational phase. The Agreement is pioneering as a truly pan-African agreement tackling barriers to intra‑African […]

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Roundtable Discussion on Maritime Business & Disputes

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in collaboration with Famsville Solicitors, Olawoyin & Olawoyin and Doyin Rhodes Vivour & Co is organizing a 1-day roundtable discussion on Maritime Business & Disputes.  The two panel discussion will provide first-hand insight and knowledge on the following topics:  Session 1: African Continental Free Trade Area – […]

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Training for MSMEs on Dispute Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution

We are pleased to announce that LACIAC will be organising a 2-day training on Dispute Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This training is supported by the Policy Development Facility Phase II of the UK’s Department for International Development, UK Aid. Training DetailsDate: 24 – 25 September 2019Venue: […]

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LACIAC ACEN Training on the FIDIC Red and Yellow Books

We are pleased to invite you to register for a two-day FIDIC Contracts Training Course on The Practical use of the 1999 FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction (Red Book) and Plant and Design-Build (Yellow Book) with review of 2017 updates of the Red and Yellow Books. The training is a collaborative effort of LACIAC and […]

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Masterclass on Negotiation Skills for Business Executives

We are pleased to invite you to register for our two-day Masterclass on Negotiation Skills for Executives. Date: Thursday, 30 – Friday 31 May, 2019 Venue: Commerce House, No 1, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day The training will focus on the use of negotiation, conflict management and conflict […]

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Mediation Spotlight: ‘Mediating Tax Dispute in Nigeria’

Tax disputes are conflicts or controversies between taxpayers and tax authorities on the interpretation and application of tax laws. Tax disputes usually arise when taxpayers and tax authorities disagree on the administration of tax laws usually with respect to tax assessments and liability. Tax disputes are essentially legal disputes over taxation. “To the extent that […]

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LACIAC’s Arbitration Personality Special: Professor Mohamed S. Abdel, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Cairo Egypt

The competence and expertise of African arbitrators in the international arbitration arena is often a subject of debate. Those who argue that African arbitrators possess the requisite skill in international arbitration dispel the lack-of-competence argument as mere perception. They posit that African arbitrators have the talent required to compete on the global arbitration stage. From […]

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Citing the Kompetenz-Kompetenz Principle, New Delhi High Court refuses to Stay Arbitration against India by a Mauritius Company

In Union of India v Khaitan Holdings, a Delhi High Court refused to stay international arbitration proceedings initiated against the Republic of India in connection with a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with Mauritius. The court decided that the question of jurisdiction must be decided by the arbitration tribunal itself. This decision points to how a […]

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A Panel Discussion and Workshop on Awareness & Education for Businesses on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

We are pleased to invite you to attend a panel discussion and workshop on Awareness & Education for Businesses on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Date: Friday, 17th May 2019 Venue: The Commerce House, No: 1, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm *Breakout sessions starts at 1:00pm prompt. Workshop Sessions – Business […]

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Stakeholders’ Roundtable on Sports Business and Dispute Resolution

A Stakeholders’ Roundtable on Sports Business and Dispute Resolution will be held on Tuesday, 19th March 2019. This roundtable is a collaborative effort between Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre and the following organisations: the Lagos State Sports Commission, Akinwunmi and Busari, Andi Daze Legal, SuperSport, 7Up Bottling Company Plc, Aiteo and Connect Marketing. […]

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In Pictures: The Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects

The first Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects was held in Lagos on Friday, 18th January 2019. The workshop was a collaborative effort of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN), as well as the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the […]

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Mediation – An Excellent Tool for Resolving Disputes in the Oil & Gas Sector

Written by ‘Yemi Akisanya (CEDR Accredited Mediator, MSCMA (UK), and Principal, Adeyemi-Akisanya More than ever before, modern companies are striving to achieve and sustain optimal economic prosperity, strongly balanced with excellent public relations, social responsibility, and environmental performance.  These concerns form the core of a new trend in the practice of corporate governance, which recognizes […]

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Recent Developments in Nigerian Arbitration: Chief Justice of Nigeria’s Directive, Federal High Court Practice Direction, and Progress with the New Arbitration Bill

Written by Kome Oruade An attractive characteristic of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism is party autonomy; the freedom of having disputes resolved in a manner determined by the parties. Parties, especially those in a commercial contract, often desire customized dispute resolution procedures that are not available in the court system. For example, a […]

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Can Confidentiality Be Taken for Granted where the Seat of Arbitration is Nigeria, or the Rules of Nigerian Affiliated Arbitral Institutions are Incorporated?

Written by Anita Omonuwa Ogbalu, MCIArB Nigeria is gradually growing into a hub for commercial arbitration in the West African region.  The evolving preference for arbitration over the country’s traditional court system is because the latter tends to be protracted, with frustrating adjournments. To put this in perspective, it is typical for a civil claim […]

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A Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects

    The first Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects will be held in Lagos on 18 January 2019. The workshop is a collaborative effort of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN), as well as the international law firm […]

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Entertainment Industry Roundtable

Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in conjunction with G. Elias & Co. is organising an entertainment industry roundtable which will be held on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. The theme of the roundtable is “Entertainment Law Contracts and the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights”. The discussion will provide invaluable insights into the following […]

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“Well, did you choose the right arbitrator?”

Written by Kome Oruade A successful arbitration always requires the arbitral tribunal’s adroit handling of the proceedings. This is more so because tribunal’s composition often determines the success or failure of the proceedings.  Hence, J.F. Lalive opines that “[t]he choice of the persons who compose the arbitral tribunal is vital and often the most decisive […]

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Court of Appeal (Mediation) Rules, 2018: Real Progress or Just the Status Quo?

Introduction The backlog of cases in the Nigerian legal system has increased the clamour for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) specifically, court-annexed mediation. Several high courts initiates, notably the Abuja, Kano, and Lagos Multi-Door Court Houses and the Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre, now list mediation as a means of dispute resolution. Court-annexed mediation allows parties […]

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Appellate Arbitration, Emergency Procedures and Third-Party Funding – Significant Features in the Reform of Nigerian Arbitration Law

The Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill (The Bill) has successfully passed through the Senate and awaits the concurrence of the House of Representatives and the assent of the Presidential to become law. The purpose of this reform is to modernize Nigeria’s arbitration law and tackle problems that have been a disincentive to […]

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Arbitral Announcements

Funke Adekoya Appointed Arbitrator at ICSID Funke Adekoya, SAN has been appointed into the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)[1]. ICSID is a part of the World Bank Group and a foremost arbitral institution for the resolution of foreign investment disputes. Mrs Adekoya’s 6-year appointment commenced 16th September 2017. […]

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LACIAC to host Mediation Week in conjunction with Banwo & Ighodalo and The New Practice.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) is pleased to announce its first Mediation Week, held in conjunction with the law firms of Banwo & Ighodalo and The New Practice. Please see details below:

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LACIAC hosts two-part Dispute Resolution Workshop in conjunction with the AIPN.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)’s African Chapter held a two-part dispute resolution workshop on Monday, 2nd of July, at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) House, Victoria Island. The speakers included Mr Tim Martin, the Managing Director of Northumberland Chambers, Alberta, […]

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LACIAC Newsletter – Dispute Resolution Update.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) brings you the first edition of its Newsletter, Dispute Resolution Update. In this edition, we review events in Nigeria since the last quarter of 2016 which will impact commercial and investment dispute resolution, including: – Efforts to reform Nigeria’s arbitration legislation; – The Nigeria-Morocco Bilateral Investment […]

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LACIAC to host Dispute Resolution Workshop in conjunction with the AIPN.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)’s African Chapter will host a two-part dispute resolution workshop on Monday, 2 July, at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry House, Victoria Island, Lagos from 4pm – 7pm.  This workshop will provide a detailed review of what […]

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Highlights from the Roundtable Discussion held by the Manufacturing Technical Committee of LACIAC.

Here is an overview of the Roundtable Discussion held by the Lagos Chamber Of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in conjunction with Perchstone & Graeys and Yusuf Ali & Co on Channels TV.

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The Manufacturing Technical Committee of LACIAC holds maiden edition of Roundtable Discussion on the ‘Challenges of Financing Infrastructure.’

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in conjunction with Yusuf Ali & Co and Perchstone & Graeys held a roundtable at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to discuss the Challenges of Financing Infrastructure. Investors harped on the need for Nigeria to remove bottlenecks to capital access while urging reforms […]

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Chairman of the Board of LACIAC speaks on ADR and its impact on doing business in Nigeria

Mr Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN, the Chairman of the Board of LACIAC, discusses Alternative Dispute Resolution on Channels TV.

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Appellate Arbitration, Emergency Procedures and Third Party Funding – Significant Features in the Reform of Nigerian Arbitration Law

The Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill (The Bill) has successfully passed through the Senate and awaits the concurrence of the House of Representatives and the assent of the Presidential to become law. The purpose of this reform is to modernize Nigeria’s arbitration law and tackle problems that have been a disincentive to […]

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News Flash: Arbitration and Conciliation Bill

The Senate of the National Assembly on Thursday, 1 February, 2018, passed the Bill for an Act to repeal the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1988 and enact a new Arbitration and Conciliation Act. The Bill is expected to pass through the House of Representatives and obtain presidential approval before it becomes law. The proposed legislation […]

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The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

The Nigerian Senate has finally passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill after 17 years of consideration. The bill which seeks to reform the oil and gas industry will unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) as well as other agencies, while […]

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The Nigeria-Morocco Bilateral Investment Treaty: a new generation of investment protection treaties in Africa?

On the 3rd of December 2016, Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with the aim to improve bilateral trade relations and strengthen their business relationship. The Nigeria/Morocco BIT is an ambitious update on traditional treaties and a significant attempt by two developing countries to move toward a more balanced […]

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Arbitration Reform in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Arbitration Act[1], was enacted in 1988 and is now being reviewed to bring it up to date with international best practices in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Since it was enacted 29 years ago, there have been several important legal developments in arbitration. This year, the Nigerian Senate is considering a Bill to amend […]

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National Judicial Institute issues Strong Statement in Support of Arbitration

Nigeria’s National Judicial Institute has issued a strong statement of judicial policy in support of arbitration. In a letter dated 26 May 2017 and written to all Heads of Court, the Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Hon. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON, FNJI, who also chairs the Board of Governors of the […]

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LACIAC signs Memorandum of Understanding with LCA.

THE Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC). A statement by the President of the LCA, Olasupo Shasore (SAN) said, “It is an organic partnership as both organisations are committed to improving the business climate of Lagos. The goal of […]

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LACIAC sponsors International Arbitration Conference in Addis Ababa 2015

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In Pictures: The Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects 3rd Edition of LACIAC’s 2019 E-Newsletter LACIAC sponsors International Arbitration Conference in Addis Ababa 2015 Mediation Spotlight: ‘Mediating Tax Dispute in Nigeria’ National Judicial Institute issues Strong Statement in Support of Arbitration
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