According to a Harvard paper, dispute resolution is the process of resolving a dispute or a conflict by meeting at least some of each side’s needs and addressing their interests. Dispute resolution strategies include fostering a rapport, considering interests and values separately, appealing to overarching values, and indirect confrontation.
In the 2018 Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey in Nigeria conducted by the Hiil, about 25 million disputes arise in Nigeria every year. Also men encounter legal problems more often than women, which they pegged at a 74% to 71% ration. Also, people in the highest income group encounter legal problems more often than others, particularly the lowest income group.
However, are all these legal problems resolved? What is the impression of the average Nigerian to the dispute resolution mechanisms available. Are the Courts adequate? What role is ADR playing in all this and how can we ensure more user friendly justice systems in Nigeria?
All these and much more will be discussed at a session of the Annual General Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association. The session promises to be quite engaging and participants are encouraged to actively take part in the session.