Africa Research Institute invites you to:
Justice without lawyers in Nigeria:
How Lagos fashioned an alternative to litigation
Thursday 22nd June 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
Dr Emilia Onyema, Senior lecturer in international commercial law at SOAS, University of London
Dr Monalisa Ofure Odibo, Author of a doctoral thesis on the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) scheme
Kehinde Aina (tbc), Founder of the LMDC; Partner at Aina Blankson LP; Founder of NCMG International
When the LMDC opened in 2002, it was Africa’s first court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre. Adapted from a concept first articulated by a Harvard law professor, but embracing indigenous dispute resolution practices, the LMDC was both innovative and rooted in Nigeria’s past. Fourteen states and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) have since replicated the model, which consistently resolves cases more quickly, cheaply and amicably than Nigeria’s congested courts.
Join us for the launch of “How alternative dispute resolution made a comeback in Nigeria’s courts”, where its authors will chart the resurgence of ADR and the gradual erosion of a long-standing bias towards litigation.
Drinks and light refreshments will be served