Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa: 2nd edition

Herbert Smith Freehills has published an updated second edition of our Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa, a publication summarising the key dispute resolution procedures and trends in each of Africa's 54 diverse jurisdictions. Since its publication in 2013, the first edition of the Guide has… Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 4)

Further to our previous three posts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in part 4 the responses from Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique and Namibia… Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 3)

Further to our previous two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in part 3 the responses from Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya and Lesotho to… Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 2)

Further to our previous post on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in part 2 the responses from Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cȏte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti and Egypt. ... Read more

New Lagos High Court Rules make ADR compulsory

In an attempt to tackle the backlog of cases in Lagos' courts, the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedure Rules 2012 (the 2012 Rules) have replaced strong encouragement to attempt ADR with mandatory ADR. The Rules were presented to… Read more

Surge in use of ADR to resolve disputes in Ghana

Statistics issued by the Court Connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre show that between 2007 and 2011 out of 16,080 disputes around 55% were settled through mediation. Ghana embraced ADR some time ago as a complement to the traditional court system in… Read more

Growing role of ADR in South Africa

ADR, in particular mediation, is set to take a central role in the litigation landscape in South Africa.  New court rules make mediation a compulsory step for all civil and commercial litigation, and a pilot project is due to be introduced in… Read more

Dubai – compulsory mediation to be introduced

On 15 September 2009 a new ADR law was published in Dubai. This creates the Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes which will operate as an affiliate of the Dubai courts. Significantly the ADR law will make it compulsory for… Read more