DEVELOPING A STATUTORY FRAMEWORK FOR ADR IN NIGERIA
This article aims at examining the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms in the resolution of commercial
disputes and strongly advocates for the enactment of laws to harmonize and facilitate the operations and use of these mechanisms in settling disputes in Nigeria. It was discovered that only arbitration and conciliation have got statutory framework in Nigeria. The practical implication of this state of affairs is that the use of other forms of ADR in Nigeria is not legally organized, coordinated and harmonized leading to a lacuna in the resolution of commercial disputes at the Federal level. The article demonstrates in a unique manner the importance of having a legislative framework for all forms of ADR in settling disputes and suggests practical ways to achieve this legislative framework.