The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria on May 8 visited the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus. The visitation, which was at the instance of the school management, was part of the institution’s steps to introduce the study of arbitration to the new incoming students. The visiting team which comprised Prof. Akin Ibidapo-Obe, and Dr. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN, who are both fellows of the institute, addressed the law school students. Dr. Ajogwu is the Principal Partner of Kenna Partners.
Akin Ibidapo-Obe, who enumerated the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, enjoined the law students to embrace ADR in the light of challenges associated with litigation. He noted that the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria, was in the forefront of promoting ADR.
He added that the institute was a platform for the training of arbitrators from associateship to fellowship levels. According to him, the institute provides arbitration services for those wishing to resolve their disputes through the ADR processes. He advised the law students to seize the opportunity of becoming Chartered Arbitrators in order to enjoy the benefits associated with the membership.
Dr. Ajogwu, on his part, emphasized the efficiency of arbitration in comparison with litigation which is oftentimes protracted and expensive. He encouraged them to develop a problem solving approach to disputes, to listen, to question and to keep an open mind rather than being fixated on litigation as the only appropriate role for lawyers in the justice delivery system.
Source: Kenna Partners