NICA Conference 2023, all you need to know

L-R: Victor Kwambuge, Senior manager, oprerations & projects, Shola Oshodi-John, Registrar, NICA, Chinyere Onurah, Dept. Registrar, NICA, and Olatunmiola Odunbumi, Annual Conference Planning Committee Member at the press briefing at the weekend.

By Anthony Isibor

SHEILA Oshodi-John, registrar, Nigeria Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, NICA, has promised that this year’s annual conference of the institute will address issues on Cross-border Practice of Arbitration and Alternative Disputes Resolution, ADR, within the African Continent and Beyond, Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration in Nigeria.

The conference, which will begin from 15th-17th of November 2023, at the Abuja Continental Hotel will bring together experts in the field who will also address the issues around Managing Bias in Arbitral Processes, Emerging Trends in Arbitration and ADR in the USA & UAE, carving a niche within the Arbitration & ADR Space.

Other issues are Arbitration Clauses, Enforcement and Recognition Challenges, Peace Security and Sustainable Growth in African Continent, Arbitrating Construction Disputes in Nigeria, Technology and Arbitration and the Place of Traditional Arbitration/ADR in the Nigerian Justice Delivery System.

The conference with the theme “Repositioning Arbitration and ADR practices in Africa”, promises to be an engaging and enlightening experience for all attendees as speakers will meticulously dissect the intricate interplay between mediation, arbitration and their impact on peace, security, and sustainable growth. It will deliberate on how effective alternative dispute resolution can address grievances, defuse tensions and maintain stability within nations and regions.

Oshodi-John in a press briefing on Saturday, November 5th at the institute’s office in Lagos revealed to journalists that speakers including Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, a foremost legal luminary and seasoned arbitrator of Olisa Agbakoba Legal, Justice Esther Mozingai Kous, President of Common Court of Justice and Arbitration, Mary Walker, Chair of the Law Council of Australia International Law Section, Co-Chair of the International Dispute Resolution Committee and Chair of the Federal Dispute Resolution Section ADR Committee, Justice Sam Rugege, former Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Rwanda, His Imperial Majesty Obu Ajibade Ogunaye III, Olowe of Owo, His Royal Majesty King Alfred Papapereye Diette-Spiff, Colin Rele, CEO of and as well as, Professor Fabian Ajogwu, SAN, the President & Chairman of the Governing Council, who is the Chief Host of the event.

She announced that the event will reveal the nuances of integrating these practices of ADR into the African sociopolitical fabric by providing a platform for experts, scholars, and practitioners to exchange insights.

“The NICArb Conference is a highly anticipated gathering that brings together legal and other professionals, arbitrators, mediators, academics, and industry experts from around Africa.

“A galaxy of speakers, notable experts and practitioners have already been assembled by the Institute from Nigeria. Africa and from across the world to lead the discourse and share their expertise and insights on various topics related to arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Participants can look forward to thought-provoking discussions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities with leading professionals in the field. This conference segment promises to be extremely exciting as it explores the possible deployment of traditional arbitration in the justice delivery system in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

She expressed her enthusiasm that participants would find great value in the many sessions and sub-themes, which will be vigorously discussed. These include: Carving a Niche within the Arbitration & ADR Space for young NICArb members, building a profitable career in Arbitration, emerging Trends in Arbitration and ADR in Australia, USA & JAR. Any Lessons for Nigeria and Africa at large, Managing Bias in Arbitral Process, Arbitration and ADK: Emerging Climate and Environmental Disputes in Africa, a Closer Look at the Concerns Arising from Commercial and Investment Arbitration in Nigeria and Africa.

In addition to the educational sessions, the conference will also feature a showcase of cutting edge technologies and tools that are revolutionizing the field of dispute resolution. Attendees will be able to explore the latest advancements and learn how to enhance their practices and deliver more efficient and effective outcomes for the clients. At the same time, receive valuable insights and expand their professional network, including earning, Continuing Professional Development, CPP credits.

She further disclosed that the conference is open to both physical and virtual attendees and called on intending participants to visit the Institute’s website for more details.


-November 06, 2023 @ 10:45 GMT |