The need, importance and obvious benefits of Arbitration And Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] to Africa is no longer in doubt. What is worrisome and should bother us today as Africans, is how to get our people to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to fully participate in this Global Dispute Resolution Mechanism being used in both political and economic/business arena, and in which Africans are most times placed at a serious disadvantage.
We are of the view that if the international economical/business community is desirous of maintaining global economic peace and encourage free and cross-border trade, based on equity and justice a level playing field must be created for an effective resolution of disputes which inevitably arise in commercial and other transactions……..
………. The development of our continent is our fundamental responsibility and we must live up to it. The choices are clear and unambiguous; either we develop our continent in all its ramifications or we remain under-developed with its tragic consequences.
Published in 2005 by Dr. C. J. Amasike & Associates
About the Author/Executive General Editor
Professor C.J. Amasike, Ph.D; F.DRI; F.CIArb; M.ADRg; FIPA; FCTI, was a British Commonwealth & Chevening Scholar, and the current Chairman of International Dispute Resolution Institute – a Member Institute of the United Nations [UNCITRAL]. He obtained his LL.B [Hons] from University of Jos [Upper Second Class]; LL.M from University of Nigeria [Best Student]; Ph.D from University of Kent-U.K [Best Student]; and Post-Doctoral Diploma from Harvard University USA [Best Student].
He is a Managing Partner of Prof. C.J. Amasike & Associates [an International Corporate & Commercial Law Firm], the President of Arbitration & ADR In Africa, and a Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator & Negotiator. He is a Member/Fellow of many and mega Arbitration & ADR Institutes and a Notary Public. He is extensively involved in international lecturing, global capacity-building programmes and institutional development projects. He is a Consultant to the United Nations.
He was previously a Legal Adviser & Company Secretary in an Investment & Development Bank; Director & Research Fellow in the National Electric Power Authority [NEPA]; Executive Director in a Commercial Bank, Special Adviser in the Federal Ministry of Justice Abuja, Vice-President Abuja Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Head of Dept. of Public and International Law at the University of Abuja, etc. He was also the former Chairman/Chief Judge, Federal Government of Nigeria, Tax Appeal Tribunal/Court, SEZ.