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Expert Views On ADR (EVA)

Expert Views On ADR (EVA)

By Dr Chinwe Egbunike-Umegbolu

EVA is a Podcast about simplifying Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in a bid to attract more and more users to settle their disputes or conflicts with these alternatives, which includes-Mediation, Arbitration, Negotiation, Conciliation and Early Neutral Evaluation. In simple terms, ADR is taken to cover alternatives to litigation. Recent research (Umegbolu 2021) depicts that ADR -Mediation is cheaper, faster and more flexible than Litigation. Besides that, disputes or conflicts escalate more under litigation (Umegbolu 2021). Do not short-change yourself; insist on ADR.

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Episode 29: ADR and workplace conflicts: a Nigerian Perspective with Professor Andrew Chukwuemerie, SAN, F.CIArb (UK)
Episode 29: ADR and workplace conflicts: a Nigerian Perspective with Professor Andrew Chukwuemerie, SAN, F.CIArb (UK)
I was delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Chukwuemerie to the EVA Show. He is a  lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).  SAN is a title that may be conferred on legal practitioners in Nigeria of not less than ten (10) years of standing and who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession. It is the equivalent of the rank of Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom. He is a Professor of Law at Rivers State University and a Partner in the law firm of Okibe Lawhouse (Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators), Port Harcourt, Nigeria.  Before becoming a law lecturer, Prof. Chukwuemerie had been a private practitioner since his call to the Bar in 1989. He renders services to individuals, firms and companies in various sectors of the Nigerian and foreign economies, such as Oil and Gas, Shipping, Banking and Finance, Manufacturing, Construction, General Commerce and General Services.  Prof Andrew also renders Company Secretarial Services under the sister secretarial firms Central Nominees Limited and GE & P Nominees Limited and now under that of Okibe Lawhouse. These include the attendance of Company Board and General Meetings and the taking of minutes of those meetings, filing of documents and making of appropriate returns to the government and its agencies etc. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and the author of five well-received law practitioners’ textbooks and about Sixty (60)  articles published mostly in international learned journals of the highest repute and standing in their different areas of law. He is also the author of about Fifteen (15) chapters in other books and liber amicirum across the continents. He has presented some thirty- seven (37) conference papers in different continents as well. *Prof wears many hats, so I have left the Link to his profile below:  https://africanarbitrationatlas.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ANDREW-CHUKWUEMERIE-CV.pdf In this episode, we analysed the following questions:  1) How far has ADR enhanced access to Justice in Nigeria? 2) Is there any measurable difference or impact on the Cost and Time Frame for settling disputes under ADR Compared to litigation?   3) Are employees or workers aware of ADR options regarding disputes or conflicts that might arise at the workplace? 4) To what extent are employees encouraged to use ADR to settle discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace-Nigeria is the given context? 5) Why is ADR more prevalent or popular in the more complex societies (in this context UK) than in the less complex societies (Nigeria)? 6) What is the way forward for mass advocacy or awareness of the benefits of utilising ADR in settling disputes or conflicts in the workplace? 7) Can Conflict or disputes at the workplace be prevented or avoided? 8) What type of mediation is best suited for workplace conflict? 9) What are the benefits of using Mediation to settle workplace conflicts? 10) What are the disadvantages of using Mediation to settle workplace conflicts? 11) Is there any difference between Mediation and Conciliation? 12) What is your advice for people pursuing a career in ADR? YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBVpPSj0RS0
20:01
November 26, 2022
Episode 28: ADR and workplace conflicts: a Nigerian Perspective with Professor Paul Idornigie, SAN, C.Arb (UK)
Episode 28: ADR and workplace conflicts: a Nigerian Perspective with Professor Paul Idornigie, SAN, C.Arb (UK)
I was honoured to interview Professor Paul Idornigie on Expert Views on ADR  (EVA) show. He is a Professor of Commercial Law at Veritas University, Abuja, Nigeria; he is also a Chartered Secretary and Chartered Arbitrator (UK), a Notary Public for Nigeria and an Author.   Professor  Paul is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). SAN is a title that may be conferred on legal practitioners in Nigeria of not less than ten (10) years of standing and who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession. It is the equivalent of the rank of Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom.    Prof was also a Senior Lecturer at the Nigerian Law School Abuja, was involved in the setting up of the Abuja and Asaba Multidoor Courthouses, a former member of the National Executive Committee  of the Nigerian Bar Association and was former Chairman Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Abuja Chapter.   In this episode, we analysed the following questions:   1) How far has ADR enhanced access to Justice in Nigeria?    2) Is there any measurable difference or impact on the Cost and Time Frame for settling disputes under ADR Compared to litigation?  Or what is the likely timeframe for resolving a workplace conflict or dispute through mediation?     3) Are employees or workers aware of ADR options regarding disputes or conflicts that might arise at the workplace?    4) To what extent are employees encouraged to use ADR to settle discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace-Nigeria is the given context?     5) Why is ADR more prevalent or popular in the more complex societies (in this context UK) than in the less complex societies (Nigeria)?    6) What is the way forward for mass advocacy or awareness of the benefits of utilising ADR in settling disputes or conflicts in the workplace?   7) Can Conflict or disputes at the workplace be prevented or avoided?    8) What type of mediation is best suited for workplace conflict?    9) What are the benefits of using Mediation to settle workplace conflicts?   10) What are the disadvantages of using Mediation to settle workplace conflicts?   11) Is there any difference between Mediation and Conciliation?   12) What is your advice for people pursuing a career in ADR?  * Veritas University:  https://www.veritas.edu.ng/  *Prof's Profile:  https://paulidornigie.org/profile-of-prof-paul-idornigie-san-phd-c-arb/
27:04
November 18, 2022
Episode 27- Alternative Dispute Resolution and workplace conflicts: a British Perspective with Prof Susan Blake
Episode 27- Alternative Dispute Resolution and workplace conflicts: a British Perspective with Prof Susan Blake
I was delighted to welcome Professor Susan Blake to the show. She is a Barrister and an Associate Dean at the City Law School. She is a co-author of A Practical Approach to Alternative Dispute Resolution published by Oxford University Press and a co-author of The Jackson ADR Handbook' published by Oxford. Susan is currently focussing on developing strategy in relation to the use of educational technology to deliver blended learning and the incorporation of an understanding of legal technology into the legal curriculum. Having played a major role in the design and development of the Bar Vocational Course (now the Bar Professional Training Programme), Susan assisted in the development of the legal skills-focused Legal Practice Course. More recently she designed and became Programme Director of an LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution which is now part of the LLM Master of Laws programme at City Law School. The main focus of Professor Blake's research, scholarship and teaching is litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and she seeks to develop an understanding of how ADR options can be developed and used effectively. In addition to teaching alternative dispute resolution in the LLM Master of Laws and the LLM International Business Law, she also teaches civil litigation, civil advocacy, opinion writing and legal research on the Bar Vocational Studies Course. Susan is a founding member of the Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice at The City Law School and a Convener of the Forum for Alternative Dispute Resolution. She attends and speaks at a range of conferences in relation to many aspects of legal professional skills training. Education- LLM, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Jan 1974 – Jan 1975, LLB, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. In this episode, we analysed the following questions: 1) How far has ADR been able to enhance access to Justice in the United Kingdom? 2) Might ADR do more in the Future? 3) Is there any measurable difference or impact on the Cost and Time Frame for settling disputes under ADR Compared to litigation?   4) What is your take on whether Arbitration should be classified as ADR? 5) What is your advice for people pursuing a career? 6) What is the way forward for mass advocacy or awareness? * The City Law School https://www.city.ac.uk/about/schools/law
14:49
September 29, 2022
Episode 26- ADR and workplace Conflicts: A British Perspective with Kathy Whitestone
Episode 26- ADR and workplace Conflicts: A British Perspective with Kathy Whitestone
 I was delighted to welcome Kathy Whitestone to the Expert Views on ADR (EVA) show. She is an experienced mediator, conflict coach and trainer. Kathy has been CEO for Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS) since 2019 and is committed to supporting BHIMS mission  to bring people together to prevent and repair the harm caused by conflict in their community.      • Education: • 1989 - BA Hons in Philosophy with Literature, University of Sussex  • 1991 Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Bristol Polytechnic  • 2011 – OCN Accredited Community Mediator training  • 2012- OCN Accredited Workplace Mediator training  • 2014- Conflict Coaching Training, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation    In this episode, we analysed the following questions:     1) Are employees or workers aware of ADR options regarding disputes or conflicts that might arise at the workplace?     2) What percentage of workplace disputes are resolved through mediation?    3) To what extent are employees encouraged to use ADR to settle discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace-UK is the given context?    4) What is the likely timeframe for resolving a dispute through mediation?    5)  What is the way forward for mass advocacy or awareness of the benefits of utilising ADR in settling disputes or conflicts in the workplace?    6) What is your advice for people who want to pursue a career in ADR?   7) Can you tell me more about the ADR Programme you do or carry out at Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS)?   * Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS):  https://www.bhims.org.uk/homeless-pre...
15:09
September 21, 2022
Episode 25- ADR and workplace conflicts: A Canadian Perspective with Andrew M. Diamond
Episode 25- ADR and workplace conflicts: A Canadian Perspective with Andrew M. Diamond
I was delighted to welcome Andrew Diamond to the show. He is a leading, Toronto-based mediator and arbitrator with over sixteen (16) years of experience as a third-party neutral in the public and private sectors.   Andrew currently works at ADR Chambers- a prestigious firm which has administered over 55,000 mediations and arbitrations since 2012.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and a Member of The Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is an arbitrator on the Canadian Transportation Agency List of Arbitrators and an approved facilitator for the Ontario Energy Board and PEI Potato Board.    Andrew is also a claims officer dealing with matters that fall under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) and other insolvency law matters for companies such as Nortel, Fraser Papers and Radio Shack. He is an approved mediator and arbitrator for the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program (NADAP). He was a public sector adjudicator and mediator from 2005 to 2018, including 10 years with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal between 2008 and 2018. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal and is a former Registrar in Bankruptcy, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario.   Andrew was on the ADR Chambers appointed list of mediators and arbitrators handling cases involving the Insurance Act and Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) between 2012 and 2018.   Prior to his public appointments, Andrew practised law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, focusing on insolvency and restructuring litigation, competition law, securities litigation and corporate commercial disputes. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario and a number of boards and tribunals, including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Municipal Board and the Assessment Review Board.  He lectures on bankruptcy, presents at conferences across Canada on insolvency law, and has published articles in the Employment and Labour Law Reporter, The Canadian Bankruptcy Reports and the Annual Review of Insolvency Law.   Andrew’s mediation and arbitration practice mainly focuses on Tort litigation, commercial cases, and employment law matters, including wrongful dismissal, harassment and discrimination claims, and workplace disputes.  *ADR@ADRCHAMBERS.COM  https://adrchambers.com/neutral/andrew-m-diamond/ In this episode, we analysed the following questions: 1) Whether or not employees or workers in Canada, are aware of ADR options regarding disputes or conflicts that might arise between them and their employers?  2) Why is ADR more prevalent or popular in the more complex societies (Canada) than in the less complex societies? 3) To what extent are employees encouraged to use ADR to settle discrimination or bullying and harassment in the workplace- in Canada? 4) What is the way forward for mass awareness of the benefits of utilising ADR in settling disputes or conflicts in the workplace? 5) What is your advice for people who want to pursue a career in ADR? 6) Can you tell me more about the ADR work you do or carry out at the ADR Chambers?
14:23
June 02, 2022
Episode 24: ADR and workplace Conflict: A US Perspective with David .A. Hoffman
Episode 24: ADR and workplace Conflict: A US Perspective with David .A. Hoffman
I was honoured to welcome David Hoffman, a renowned mediator, arbitrator, and attorney. David teaches courses on collaborative law and mediation at Harvard Law School. He also serves on the faculty of the Program on Negotiation’s Harvard Negotiation Institute, where he teaches the Advanced Mediation Workshop “Mediating Complex Disputes.” David is the founder of Boston Law Collaborative LLC (BLC); he has handled more than a thousand commercial, family, employment, construction, personal injury, insurance, and other business cases.    BLC was the 2009 recipient of the American Bar Association’s annual Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and the 2010 recipient of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s annual Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR.   In 2004, Hoffman was chosen as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in Massachusetts in Boston magazine’s Super Lawyers Directory and has been consistently named a New England Super Lawyer since the listing began. He has also won several awards for his work as a mediator, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the highest award given by the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution, the D’Alemberte-Raven Award.     His research interests are Mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution. He also has several publications to his name. It is imperative to mention that since 2008, David has taught the Mediation course previously taught by Prof Frank Sander (Founder of the Multi-Door Court House).  Education: A.B., Princeton University M.A., Cornell University J.D. and Harvard Law School. In this episode, we analysed the following questions:   1) Whether or not employees or workers in the US are aware of ADR options regarding disputes or conflicts that might arise between them and their employers?  2) Why is ADR more prevalent or popular in the more complex societies (US) than in the less complex societies?  3) To what extent are employees in the US encouraged to use ADR to settle discrimination or bullying and harassment in the workplace?  4) What is the way forward for mass advocacy or awareness of the benefits of utilising ADR in settling disputes or conflicts in the workplace?  5) What is your advice for people who want to pursue a career in ADR?   6) Can you tell me more about the ADR programme you do or carry out at Harvard Law School and Boston Law Collaborative LLC? *Boston Law Collaborative, LLC < https://blc.law/about-blc/>
31:47
May 16, 2022
Episode 23- ADR and workplace Conflict: A British Perspective with Professor Bryan Clark
Episode 23- ADR and workplace Conflict: A British Perspective with Professor Bryan Clark
I was delighted to welcome Professor Bryan Clark to the show. He is a Law and Civil Justice professor at Newcastle Law school. Before that, he spent fifteen (15) years at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he was Head of the Law School from 2013 to 2016.  He currently serves as a Trustee for the Arab Mediation Centre, Chair of the Validation and Accreditation Panel for Relationships in Scotland, Global Adviser (UK) for MediateGuru, and Adviser for Lex Erudites.  Professor Clark teaches postgraduate and undergraduate classes in commercial law, mediation and dispute resolution and acts as the student Mediation Coach for the Newcastle University Mediation Society teams. His main teaching and research interests lie in mediation, civil justice, the workings of courts, judges and lawyers, and commercial law. Current projects focus on the Singapore Convention, International Commercial Mediation and Judges' experiences and views on technology in the courtroom. In this episode, we analysed the following questions: 1) Are employees or workers aware of ADR options regarding disputes or conflicts that might arise at the workplace? 2)  Why is ADR more prevalent or popular in the more complex societies (in this context UK) than in the less complex societies? 3) To what extent are employees encouraged to use ADR to settle discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace-UK is the given context. 4)  What is the way forward for mass advocacy or awareness of the benefits of utilising ADR in settling disputes or conflicts in the workplace? 5) What is your advice for people who want to pursue a career in ADR? 6) Can you tell me more about launching the  LLM in Mediation and International Dispute Resolution at Newcastle University? * In September 2022, Professor Clark, in partnership with the  mediator academy, will launch an online LLM in Mediation and International Dispute Resolution at Newcastle University: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees/5890f/
24:50
April 04, 2022
Episode 22: The New York State Unified Court System's Small Claims Online Dispute Resolution Project
Episode 22: The New York State Unified Court System's Small Claims Online Dispute Resolution Project
I was super excited to welcome David Allen Larson, a Professor of Law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute. He is currently the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Co-Chair of the Section’s ODR Standards Task Force, and was a member of the ABA E-Commerce and ADR Task Force. He has been involved with Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) since 1999 and is the System Designer helping create an ODR platform for the New York State Unified Court System. David is the John H. Faricy Jr. Chair for Empirical Studies and a Fellow for the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution and the American Bar Foundation. He has 60 legal publications and has made more than 170 professional presentations in ten different countries. Professor Larson worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office of General Counsel, Appellate Division in Washington, D.C. and, on behalf of that Office, participated in drafting the Regulations and Interpretive Guidance for the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment” (CCH Inc.), an arbitrator for the Omaha Tribe and other disputes, and a Hearing Examiner for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. He worked with the International Legal Resource Center (a partnership between the ABA Section of International Law and the United Nations Development Programme) and the ABA Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI). He teaches Arbitration Law, Arbitration Skills, Disability Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Labor Law, Torts and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for the 21st Century. David has been a tenured professor at four different universities and colleges and practised with a litigation law firm. In this episode, we scrutinised the following questions: 1) What is the story so far with the small claims cases via the ODR New York platform? 2) In your article, ‘designing a State Court Small Claims ODR System: Hitting a moving target in New York during a Pandemic’- you mentioned ‘parties auto-populated stipulation of settlement.’ The term is relatively new. What does it mean and how does it work? 3) What prompted the Credit Debt Collection ODR Platform function? 4) What are the advantages and disadvantages associated with the small claims ODR platform in New York? 5) Has the small claims ODR platform enhanced access to Justice? 6) What are the obstacles encountered during the formation of this project or initiative? 7) What is your advice for people who want to pursue a career in ADR?
17:38
March 10, 2022
Episode 21: Adjudication Simplified with Ukpeme Okon
Episode 21: Adjudication Simplified with Ukpeme Okon
I was pleased to welcome Ukpeme Okon, the Founder, Trustee, and the President of the Guild of Adjudicators in Nigeria (GAIN), as well as the author of The Values String: A book on Transitional Life, Compelling Fulfilment, and Profound Peace.   She is also a lawyer, arbitrator, adjudicator, author, mediator, Ambassador for Peace and trainer, with over fourteen (14) years of law practice, peacebuilding, and leadership.  Her core competencies include mediation, negotiation, writing and research, opinion writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution and public speaking.  We analysed the following questions:  1 What is an Adjudication process?   2 What are the types of Adjudication, and where can it be classified?  3 What is the purpose of Adjudication and its benefits?   4 What is the difference between Litigation and Adjudication?   5 What are the similarities and differences between Adjudication and Arbitration?   6 Can anyone be an adjudicator?   7 What is your advice for people that want to start a career in Adjudication?
23:33
February 26, 2022
Episode 20: Civil Dialogue the Bridge to a Better World with Charlie Young
Episode 20: Civil Dialogue the Bridge to a Better World with Charlie Young
I was pleased to welcome  Mr Charlie Young, an Experienced Mediator and a facilitator in the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Programme. He holds a BA from St. John’s Seminary and served as a priest for the Baker City, Oregon Diocese from 1958 to 1977. Charlie Young is the author of "Constructive Communication with a Path for Challenging Situations." His book "Constructive Communication", revised 2020, results from his experiences as a pastor, flight instructor, corporate pilot, Human Resources Director, Safety Officer, Head Trainer of TQM and 23+ years as a mediator. In this episode, we analysed the following questions: 1) What does Constructive / Inclusive Communication entail? 2) Where can Constructive / Inclusive Communication be used? 3)  Is perception essential for Inclusive Communication? 4) What are the basis and importance of perceptions? 5) How can Confirmation Bias affect Inconclusive communication? 6) What are the main hindrances to Inconclusive communication? 7) In your book- Constructive Communication: A path for Challenging Situations, you used the acronym VECS; Can you explain this acronym? *charlie.y.bend@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/p/CYmitMxtraA/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBFCvU_E25k
27:34
January 05, 2022
Episode 19: Professor David Allen Larson on Designing a State Court Small Claims ODR System in New York
Episode 19: Professor David Allen Larson on Designing a State Court Small Claims ODR System in New York
I was super excited to welcome David Allen Larson, a Professor of Law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute. He is currently the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Co-Chair of the Section’s ODR Standards Task Force, and was a member of the ABA E-Commerce and ADR Task Force. He has been involved with Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) since 1999 and is the System Designer helping create an ODR platform for the New York State Unified Court System. David is the John H. Faricy Jr. Chair for Empirical Studies and a Fellow for the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution and the American Bar Foundation. He has 60 legal publications and has made more than 170 professional presentations in ten different countries. Professor Larson worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office of General Counsel, Appellate Division in Washington, D.C. and, on behalf of that Office, participated in drafting the Regulations and Interpretive Guidance for the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment” (CCH Inc.), an arbitrator for the Omaha Tribe and other disputes, and a Hearing Examiner for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. He worked with the International Legal Resource Center (a partnership between the ABA Section of International Law and the United Nations Development Programme) and the ABA Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI). He teaches Arbitration Law, Arbitration Skills, Disability Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law,  Labor Law, Torts and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for the 21st Century. David has been a tenured professor at four different universities and colleges and practised with a litigation law firm. In this episode, we scrutinised the following questions: 1) What is the story with the small claims cases via the ODR New York platform? 2) In your article, ‘designing a State Court Small Claims ODR System: Hitting a moving target in New York during a Pandemic’- you mentioned ‘parties auto-populated stipulation of settlement.’ The term is relatively new. What does it mean? 3) What prompted the Credit Debt Collection ODR Platform, and how does it work? 4) What are the obstacles encountered during the formation of this Project? 5)  What is your advice for people who want to pursue a career in ADR?
24:05
October 23, 2021
Episode 18- Critical Evaluation of the One-Stop Dispute Resolution Services in Asia with Professor Mark Feldman
Episode 18- Critical Evaluation of the One-Stop Dispute Resolution Services in Asia with Professor Mark Feldman
I was super excited to welcome Professor Mark Feldman, one of my mentors and an accomplished leader in the area of Commercial Investment Arbitration. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a JD from Columbia Law School, a James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law. He has served both in Private and Public sectors ranging from the USA, China, Singapore and many Asian nations. For instance, he served on the faculty of the Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials, held annually at Columbia Law School and organized by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. His articles have been cited in over  200 publications, including reports by the OECD, UNCTAD, RIETI, the World Economic Forum, the European Parliament, the International Bar Association, and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.  Professor Feldman has taught more than 1000 law students at Peking University in Shenzhen and more than 500 government officials, legal practitioners and law students in Singapore (NUS) and Macau (PRAIA Academy). His government experience also includes service as a law clerk to Judge Eric L. Clay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho during South Africa’s transition to democracy. He is currently a Professor of Law at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, among many other accomplishments too numerous to mention. In this episode, we featured a critical analysis of the following questions: 1)  How do you see the impact of this novel concept (One-stop Commercial Dispute Resolution Services) working within China and how the rest of the world would react to it. 2)  You related to Singapore as a leader, at least in Asia, in the area of commercial investment arbitration using what you described as legal hubs. How is their approach different from that adopted by China? And what are the reasons for their success? 3)  How would you address the fears of the Purists who would see these integrated hubs as nothing but interference in an area considered purely an ADR arena -rather than mixing it with litigation or Professor Frank Sanders Multi-Door Courthouse (MDC)? 4) Is there any differences between the MDC and the One-Stop Dispute Resolution Services (OSDRS)? 5) What is your advice for people who want to pursue a career in ADR or arbitration?
16:06
July 17, 2021
Episode 17: Oyo State Multi-Door Courthouse (OYSMDC) as it stands today -Under the Leadership of Mrs Anuolu Gade
Episode 17: Oyo State Multi-Door Courthouse (OYSMDC) as it stands today -Under the Leadership of Mrs Anuolu Gade
I was delighted to welcome Mrs Anuolu Gade, the Director of Oyo State Multi-Door Courthouse (OYSMDC) and a member of the Governing Board of OYSMDC. Mrs Gade obtained a degree in Law from the University of Ibadan in 1998 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2001. She worked at the Public Prosecution Department for ten (10) years as a Prosecutor. She also worked as a Mediator at the Oyo State Citizen Mediation Centre, Ministry of Justice, for about six (6) years and later rose to become a Deputy Director in the Mediation Centre.  Mrs Gade is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Nigeria, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, CIArb and a steering committee member Covid-19 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Initiative (CADRI).  In this episode, we discussed the following questions : 1) When and how did the OYSMDC commence? 2) Has it been able to enhance access to justice for the Citizens of Oyo State? 3) How are matters referred to the MDC? 4) Is there any measurable difference or impact on the cost of settling disputes in comparison to litigation? 5) What is your advice for potential users or users of the OYSMDC?
20:14
March 27, 2021
Episode 16 : Practical Negotiation Skills with Mrs Achere Cole
Episode 16 : Practical Negotiation Skills with Mrs Achere Cole
In today's EVA episode, I was pleased to welcome Mrs Achere Cole, the Deputy Director/ Head of Operations of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) and Secretary to the Governing Council of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse. She holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and a second master’s degree in law from the University of Lagos. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2003 and is a CEDR UK Accredited mediator.  Mrs Achere has national and regional experience in building ADR mechanisms and capacity. She consulted for the Judiciary of Kenya and the International Development Law Organization on a project to support the Sustaining Judiciary Transformation Blueprint of Kenya’s Judiciary. She was an External Evaluator for a Court Annexed Pilot Project that was commissioned by the Kenya office of the IDLO and International Commission of Jurists, the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the High Court of Kenya for the family and commercial divisions of Milamani Law Courts in Nairobi, Kenya. She was part of the pioneer staff that midwifed the establishment of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) under the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group. She was a trainer, assessor and mentor for a Justice for All (British Council) project on “increasing access to mediation and legal services for poor people.” She has also provided training for Mediators and Staff of the Kaduna and Abia Multi-Door Courthouses under a World Bank assisted project to expand ADR institutions in Nigeria. Mrs Achere was part of the team that trained 37 staff of the Kano Multi-Door Courthouse to enable the KMDC to start Operations – under the Security, Justice and Growth Programme of the British Council.  She was Head of Human Resources and Administration of Capital Partners Limited and was Workforce Assessment Team Lead as part of a team of consultants responsible for the Bank PHB Retail Strategy Implementation Project and is a trained election observer by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre, Ghana. Mrs Achere teaches Mediation and Communication courses at the LMDC and is also a Restorative Justice Trainer. She is a proficient and interventionist Mediator in fields that cut across commercial contracts, family, criminal and employment disputes. We critically discussed the following questions:   A.  Why Negotiation?  B.  What are the benefits of Negotiation? C.  What are the skills necessary for anyone to engage in Negotiation? D.  What is your advice for potential users of Negotiation and people who want to pursue a career in Negotiation or as a Negotiator?
12:26
March 20, 2021
Episode 15 : Careers in ADR with Professor Emilia Onyema
Episode 15 : Careers in ADR with Professor Emilia Onyema
I was super excited to welcome Professor Emilia Onyema, a Professor in International Commercial Law at SOAS, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, qualified to practice law in Nigeria, and as a Solicitor in England & Wales. Professor Onyema is a member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration, the Advisory Committee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). She presides over the Advisory Committee of the Libya Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. She is also a member of various professional associations, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. She convenes the “SOAS Arbitration in Africa” conference series and publishes the Arbitration in Africa Survey and the African Promise's co-author; she has published various books and articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly on Arbitration.  Professor Onyema was awarded the Mentor of the Year 2020 by the African Arbitration Association (AfAA); She has mentored so many people over the years and still mentoring, including my humble self, and one of the main reasons I am researching in ADR- Multi-Door Courthouse in Nigeria. In this episode, we discussed the following questions: a) What is ADR? b) How did you start or commence your journey as an ADR Practitioner/ Academia? c) Throughout your journey as an ADR Practitioner/Academia, have you had any cause to doubt the effectiveness of ADR, to be precise, Arbitration? d) What is the Career Progression in Arbitration? e) What is your advice to someone that wants to pursue a career in Arbitration? f) What is your advice for potential users of ADR?   I dedicate this episode to my mum-Mildred Obiageli Egbunike (Nee Bosah), who passed away on Saturday 6th March 2021. My angel, you looked forward to listening to this session with Prof, but the good Lord took you to be with Him and watch over us. Love you forever till we meet to part no more! Rest in the Lord.
27:57
March 13, 2021
Episode 14: Snapshot of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Botswana
Episode 14: Snapshot of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Botswana
 I was delighted to welcome Mr Edward Luke II, a Barrister -at -law, England and Wales, a Barrister and Solicitor of Sierra Leone and an Attorney of law, Botswana. The Managing Partner of Luke and Associates law firm and one of Botswana’s leading lawyers with a wealth of local and international experience. He has engaged in several high-profile cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal Botswana, including Botswana’s most sensational murder trial; appeared in the Court of Appeal with Sir Desmond de Silva Q.C.  Mr Luke is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the United Kingdom, Kenya and Zambia. He is also a fellow of the Singapore and Botswana Institute of Arbitrators. He is an author and has spoken at several international conferences on International Arbitration.  In this episode, we explored ADR as it stands in Botswana today.
09:50
March 05, 2021
Episode 13: Exploration into the Concept of Family Mediation
Episode 13: Exploration into the Concept of Family Mediation
Questions have been asked on 'Whether Family Mediation falls into the general mediation or forms a different class of Mediation'? To answer the above-mentioned question, I invited Mr Joseph Omorere, a Masters degree holder in Dispute Resolution from Kingston University London. He is passionate about ADR and a qualified solicitor of England and Wales. Mr Omorere has practised for over nineteen (19) years in Immigration, Crime, Civil Litigation and Employment Law.
12:39
February 20, 2021
Episode 12: Enhancing Access to Justice in Enugu through the ESMDC - Under the Leadership of Mrs Caroline Etuk
Episode 12: Enhancing Access to Justice in Enugu through the ESMDC - Under the Leadership of Mrs Caroline Etuk
I was excited to welcome Mrs Caroline Nene Etuk, the former Director of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), the first court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre in Africa. She obtained a Masters Degree in Law from Kings College, University of London.  Mrs Etuk was involved in legal practice until 2006 when she joined the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) as Centre Manager of the LMDC. Additionally, Mrs Etuk was accredited as an international mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in 2008. She is currently the Director of the Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse (ESMDC) from inception (July 2018) to date. As the ESMDC Director, she develops all its operational procedures, templates and training.  Mrs Etuk has attended various courses and conferences in the United Kingdom, and the USA. She has also authored and presented papers at both national and international ADR conferences.  In this episode, we critically examined the following questions: a) To what extent has the ESMDC enhanced access to justice for Enugu State Citizens? b)  In your view, have lawyers in Enugu State accepted ADR?    c)  How do Lawyers bill their Mediation Clients? d)  What is your Advice for Potential Users and People who want to pursue a career in  ADR? e) What is the Career Progression for a typical Mediator? We concluded by touching on how the ESMDC has helped enhance access to justice for the citizens and how lawyers can still make a meaningful living by billing their clients- following a well-outlined structure of billing clients by the ESMDC. 
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February 13, 2021
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February 10, 2021
Episode 11: Careers in ADR with Mrs Ronke Koku
Episode 11: Careers in ADR with Mrs Ronke Koku
In this episode of EVA, I raised the following questions:  a) How did you start your Journey as an ADR Practitioner to be precise Mediator?   b) Can anyone be a mediator?   c) Do mediators require a formal education? d) Do mediators need to be knowledgeable in Psychology?  e) How do you plan your sessions? d)  What is the meaning of Pre-Mediation Session and Caucusing?  f) How do you get difficult parties to open up during the mediation session?  g) What models of mediation do you use?  h)Which is simpler- mediation or litigation? i) What is your advice for people who want to start a career in Mediation or ADR? I had the opportunity to discuss these questions with Mrs Efunronke Omolara Koku, a notary public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who learnt the ropes of the legal profession from her late father Josiah Akinola, a profound legal icon. She incorporated Ronke Somefun & Company Legal Practitioners and later built a career in Alternative Dispute Resolution.  She is a qualified International Accredited Mediator from the Dispute Resolution Centre, Bond University, Australia, an International and Cross-Cultural Negotiator, ESSEC Business School, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom (Nigeria branch), and a member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators. Some of the organisations she had provided mediation training are the staff of Central Bank of Nigeria and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Additionally, she organises training courses in workplace mediation, family mediation, peer mediation, and youth development programs.  Her passion for empowering the youths in any way possible led her to establish 'The Doors Empowerment and Initiative', an NGO whose aims/objectives include, and not limited to, preparing the Youths for the future through motivational Talks, and skilful careers, among other projects. She believes that if the transition of a child to adulthood is not well managed, a great tendency that such child will fall prey to negative peer pressure, the effect of which will be devastating on the society. Some public schools and tertiary institutions in Lagos state have benefited from this initiative. Her book, “Stand out or Blend in … an insight into peer pressure helps the thinking and behavioural pattern of youths on how to resist peer pressure. She believes mediation skills are 21st-century weapons to handle present-day behavioural attitudes. Through her encouraging words and book, many persons are better equipped today.  Finally, her love for sports led her to start a Sports career. She is currently a Sports and Society Facilitator and an Accredited Sports Marketer.
28:59
February 06, 2021
Episode 10: Adjudication v Arbitration - Two Worlds Apart?
Episode 10: Adjudication v Arbitration - Two Worlds Apart?
I was excited to welcome Mr Kelly Agbonze, a Legal Practitioner who was called to the Nigerian Bar more than 12 years ago. He has handled many cases in Arbitration and Litigation. In this EVA episode, we threw more light on the following questions - a) What is dispute resolution? b) Why, Adjudication? c) What are the differences between Adjudication and Arbitration? This last question stems from the arguments in some reviewed literature where some scholars have highlighted the resemblance and differences between them.
29:45
January 30, 2021
Episode 9: The LMDC Journey under the leadership of Mrs Adeyinka Aroyewun
Episode 9: The LMDC Journey under the leadership of Mrs Adeyinka Aroyewun
I was delighted to welcome Mrs Adeyinka Aroyewun, the director and a member of the governing council at the LMDC.  An International Mediator of the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) the United Kingdom, a Member of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK.  She has mediated over seventy (70) disputes and has gained experience in a comprehensive range of disputes such as commercial disputes; financial / banking,  property, employment and family disputes. In this episode of EVA, we critically discussed the following questions: a) What prompted the birth of the LMDC in the Nigerian Judicial Landscape? b) What are the advantages of using the LMDC and its impact so far? c) With the recent challenges faced at the LMDC, what is the resultant effect of these challenges or occurrence? We concluded by touching on these challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and END SARS peaceful protest hijacked by hoodlums, which led to the burning down of LMDC. Despite these challenges, the LMDC has continued to render services remotely to their users.
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December 28, 2020
Episode 8: Top tips for finding or choosing the right Mediator
Episode 8: Top tips for finding or choosing the right Mediator
 I was thrilled to welcome Mrs Nnezi Miriam Ivenso, a lawyer with 13 (thirteen) years, post -qualification experience in active legal practise including Litigation, ADR and Corporate Commercial Practice. She holds a master's degree in Law Financial Services from the University of London, a certified Mediator, enlisted as a Neutral with the Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse (ESMDC) as well as an Associate Member of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators, (CIArb), United Kingdom.  In this episode of Expert Views on ADR (EVA), the following questions were posed and dealt with - what is mediation and what are the criteria for finding or hiring the right mediator?   We concluded by touching on the essential elements and features of mediation while at the same time indicating the importance of finding the right mediator.  
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December 19, 2020
Episode 7: The Similarities between the Customary Arbitration and the Modern-day Arbitration.
Episode 7: The Similarities between the Customary Arbitration and the Modern-day Arbitration.
I was thrilled to welcome Mr Johnson Amaechi, a practising lawyer in Nigeria and a graduate of the renowned Obafemi Awolowo University. We extensively discussed the following questions:  'What is the concept or philosophy behind the Customary Arbitration'?  This question predicates the 5th Episode of Expert Views on ADR (EVA) where Mr IK Onuoma and I highlighted that they are two forms of Arbitration in Nigeria, the first is the customary arbitration; the second one is the modern-day arbitration. The discussion leads to the second question 'What is the current development of Arbitration in Nigeria'?
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December 12, 2020
Episode 6: The Psychological Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: the interplay between the id, ego, superego and apology, through the lens view of Sigmund Freud
Episode 6: The Psychological Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: the interplay between the id, ego, superego and apology, through the lens view of Sigmund Freud
Is there an interplay between ego and apology, which are two sides of a coin when it comes to dispute resolution? I and Esther Ebigbo, a First Class graduate of psychology from the University of Nigeria, who works with persons with disabilities; an inspirational singer, provided a comprehensive insight into the above-stated question. We also dealt with 'whether people can have a subject matter bias'? The reason for this question predicates the 5th Episode of EVA where we discussed that some lawyers are yet to embrace ADR.  We concluded that these psychological, emotional dynamics and other factors discussed should be borne in mind by potential users when making a choice.
17:59
December 05, 2020
 Episode 5: What are the factors that could influence the selection of an ADR Option?
Episode 5: What are the factors that could influence the selection of an ADR Option?
In episode 5 of Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Podcast, two questions were raised, the first one was 'what prompted the birth of the ESMDC' and the second question was, 'what could influence the selection of an ADR option'?  I had the opportunity to discuss these questions with Mr Ikechukwu Onuoma Esq (Notary Public), the Managing Partner of Obra Legal; a lawyer with over 14 years experience in Litigation, Domestic and International Arbitration and Negotiation. He is also a Charted Mediator who has mediated over 15 cases at the Enugu State Multi-Door courthouse since the inception of ESMDC in 2018 and a member of the Editorial Board of the Enugu State Multi-Door Court House Journal. 
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November 28, 2020
 Episode 4: Arbitration as it stands today.
Episode 4: Arbitration as it stands today.
In this episode of Expert Views on ADR (EVA), I and Ms.Chika Maduakolam, a PhD Candidate in Socio-legal studies at York University, Toronto; a lawyer with over ten (10) years experience in civil litigation and dispute resolution presents a general overview of arbitration and why potential users should view it as a preferred alternative to litigation.
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November 21, 2020
Episode 3: Scope of Matters Settled Under ADR.
Episode 3: Scope of Matters Settled Under ADR.
In this third episode of Expert Views on ADR Podcast, I and Mr John Osegi who is a Mediator at the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) and a practising lawyer in Nigeria, critically analysed the type of matters that are amenable to ADR; with the hope of enlightening potential users and litigants on the type of matters that can be sent to ADR. Hitherto we discovered that some matters are best handled under Mediation, which is part of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). 
21:47
November 14, 2020
Episode 2: 'Merits of the ADR Process'
Episode 2: 'Merits of the ADR Process'
Episode 2 of Expert views on ADR revealed some of the factors that contributed to the recent use of ADR or the rise of ADR in various jurisdictions- which was as a result of delay and cost of litigation. Thus these factors provided an avenue for litigants to move towards ADR. Against this backdrop, Mr Steve Adikaibe, a practising lawyer in Nigeria, points out the advantages or benefits of ADR with a clear intention of educating potential users.
21:48
November 07, 2020
Episode 1: Is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) an OffSpring of the traditional African method of settling dispute?
Episode 1: Is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) an OffSpring of the traditional African method of settling dispute?
Questions have been asked whether there is any difference between the present ADR and the traditional method of settling a dispute in Africa (TAMSD)? In a bid to answer this question I  have invited Mr Kenneth Josiah, a renowned legal practitioner in Nigeria to share his view or throw more light on the topic in this first episode.
28:48
October 31, 2020