Webinar: The African Union and Prospects of ODR in Africa

Webinar: The African Union and Prospects of ODR in Africa

Cyberweek 2015: The African Union and Prospects of ODR in Africa from Bryan J Hanson on Vimeo.

Webinar Description:

Africa is maximizing mobile technologies in virtually all aspects of the her existence. Also with amazing potentials in dispute resolution, just as seen with the success of mobile finance in M- Pesa. Join this webinar session to listen to the developments integrating technology into the dispute resolution process in Africa.

Presenter Bios:

Ijeoma Ononogbu

Ms Ijeoma Ononogbu is a dual qualified lawyer, having been admitted in Nigeria and England & Wales. An international dispute resolution solicitor with expertise in litigation and arbitration. A member of national and international dispute resolution organizations which includes Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts, Amherst amongst others. An advocate of online dispute resolution, her article on Transformation of Dispute Resolution in Africa was recently published in the International Online Dispute Resolution Journal. Ijeoma is heavily involved in dispute resolution on the African continent.

Morenike Obi-Farinde LL.M, FCIArb (UK)

Morenike is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. She is a multi-disciplinary practitioner excelling in contentious and non-contentious matters. She is a member of the training faculty at the Lagos Multi-door Court House(LMDC) in Lagos Nigeria, a CEDR accredited mediator as well as a certified online mediatorwho has successfully mediated in several cases.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and has served as a sole and co-arbitrator in a number of commercial disputes.

Morenike is a member of reputable organizations such as the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA), the International Bar Association, Nigeria Bar Association, ODR Latin America, amongst others. She is the Founder of www.e-consumersolve.com, the first online dispute resolution platform in Africa as well as the Convener of the ODR AFRICA NETWORK.

Ayo Kusamotu

Ayo Kusamotu practices law with the firm of Kusamotu and Kusamotu in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos and chaired the Information Technology and Communications Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch. He chaired the Africa Committee for InternetBar.org, is the Legal Lead of Creative Commons Nigeria and was involved in assisting One Laptop Per Child in launch strategies for Nigeria. He was a member of the Presidential Task Force that drafted intellectual property legislation in 2001 and was an adviser to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in negotiations with the European Union on economic partnership agreements. He is a Fellow of the National Centre For Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts.

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Ijeoma Ononogbu, Morenike Obi-Farinde and Ayo Kusamotu, I found your presentation very interesting. Thank you.

HOW TO PROMOTE ODR IN AFRICA

During your webinar, I suggested that, considered that not many people in your country know what mediation (let alone online mediation) means, it would be better to show them a few videos of online mediation simulations using mobile devices.

>> Languages - Those simulations could be run not only in English, but also in Hausa,  Igbo and Yoruba - the three major languages spoken in your country.

>> Types of Cases - Online mediation works well not only for settling e-commerce (consumer v merchant) disputes, but also for resolving family or commercial cases. We could show, for example, how online mediation can be useful in cross-border disputes: with one company/seller in an English-speaking African country, and the other company/buyer in a French-speaking country.

If you are interested in those initiatives, please contact me through our website Virtual Mediation Lab, where you can also find examples of online mediation simulations that we have run in 9 different languages.

Giuseppe Leone

Founder, Virtual Mediation Lab

Giuseppe

Thanks for your active participation during our webinar presentation on ' AU and the prospects of ODR in Africa'. I am also glad you enjoyed our presentation.

We have taken on board all the comments you made. As regards your invitation to contact you through your website, we are very much interested in the iniatives you mentioned and we will be making contact shortly.

Ijeoma Ononogbu

Hello all, the archive for this session is now available for viewing by selecting play on the video box at the top of this page. Please fee free to continue the conversation in this discussion forum by adding any comments or questions. Enjoy! Bryan

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