NATIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP 2011

WORKSHOP! WORKSHOP!! WORKSHOP!!!

The Ibru International Ecumenical Centre Agbarha-Otor, Delta State in collaboration with Dispute Resolution Associates Ltd

Presents:

NATIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON

ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN NIGERIA

THE CHRISTAIN MINISTER AS A MEDIATOR, CONCILIATOR AND ARBITRATOR.

 

(SEPTEMBER 5 – 8, 2011)

1. WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This course is specially designed for Christian Ministers and Religious Leaders.

2. BACKGROUND

i.          Excessive use of adversarial approach (litigation) and violent self-help in conflict management and dispute resolution is a major obstacle to the attainment of effective justice system, sound economic development and political stability in Nigeria today.

ii.          Ongoing reforms in the justice sector underscore the importance of creating a formal referral system between the courts and Christian ministers/religious leaders, who settle disputes daily by Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, Hybrid Processes and Restorative Justice Principles.

iii.          The foregoing situation raises the need for a well coordinated and sustainable training programme on effective dispute resolution processes and skills for Christian ministers and religious leaders.

3. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

This programme essentially aims at building the capacity and confidence of Christian Ministers and Religious Leaders to resolve disputes especially in communities where the cost of formal justice may not be affordable by majority of the residents. At this workshop, participants shall be provided with a complete tool-kit that will enable them effectively resolve disputes and manage conflicts. Each participant is guaranteed to leave this course with better knowledge and skills of dispute resolution mechanisms and processes. Generally, the course covers Negotiation, Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration, the Hybrid processes and Restorative Justice Principles. In view of the enormous benefits derivable from this workshop, church leaderships are particularly encouraged to sponsor ministers from their domains to this course.

4. BENEFITS OF THE COURSE TO SOCIETY

  • Build (rebuild) a culture of amicable settlement of differences and peaceful coexistence.
  • Promote access to justice, especially for the poor and needy who cannot afford the costs of formal justice.
  • Ensure substantial reduction in the number of cases that clog the court system and cause undue delays in court litigation.
  • Contribute to prison decongestion by reducing the number of cases that clog the criminal justice system.
  • Promote law and order; and enhance Police efficiency by reducing the amount of complaints that stretch the limited resources of the Police.
  • Reduction and effective management of workplace conflicts; labour / trade disputes and industrial unrests.
  • Contribute to reduction effective management of ethnic, religious. Social and political conflicts.
  • Strengthen public security; peace and development; rule of law and sound democratic culture.

5.       TOPICS/ ISSUES TO BE COVERED

a.    Nature, Types and Sources of Conflicts.

b.    Dispute Analysis and Choice of Dispute Resolution Process.

c.    Types of Dispute Resolution Processes When, Why and How They Work.

b.    Comparative Study of African Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.

c.    Legal Validity of Mediation and Arbitration by Christian Ministers and Religious Leaders.

d.   Constitutional Safeguards for Administration of Justice- Understanding the Rule of Fair Hearing.

e.    Examination of Witnesses in Court vs. Fact Finding in Mediation/ Arbitration:      Understanding the Critical Differences.

f.     Basic Tips for Recording Proceedings and Outcomes of Mediations and Arbitrations.

g.    Role of Christian Ministers and Religious Leaders in Criminal Justice Administration -Concept of Restorative Justice and How       to Intervene in Criminal cases.

h.   Access to Justice and Court Reforms in Nigeria: Religious Leaders as Essential Component of the Multi-Door Courthouse.

i.     Dispute and Your Health: Basic Anger and Stress Management Tips for Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

j.     Managing Multi- Party and Complex Issue Dispute – The Consensus Building Approach.

k.   Understanding Different Personality Types- How to Deal with Angry Persons/ Public.

6.            SKILLS TO BE ACQUIRED

In addition to the above lecture topics participants shall acquire practical skills in the following areas:

a.    NEGOTIATION: How to settle disputes amicably and build better relationships with      others.

b.    MEDIATION: How to assist others settle their differences and earn their trust and loyalty.

c.    ARBITRATION: How to use basic law and Christian principles to resolve dispute and give binding     decisions in accordance with Nigerian Laws.

d.   COMMUNICATION:  How to pass your message across effectively-Active Listening, Body Language.

e.    CONSENSUS BUILDING: How to settle Multi-party and Complex Issues Dispute.

f.     COALITION BUILDING: How to gain the support and commitment of others in achieving your goals.

7.            TOOL- KIT TO BE PROVIDED

Participants shall be given a complete tool kit that will enable them apply the lessons learnt at the training in their respective domains. Participants shall receive all necessary documentation, forms and precedents that they can adopt to suit their requirements in designing a dispute resolution system for their Parishes and domains. To ensure success of this exercise, DISPUTE RESOLUTION ASSOCIATES LTD and SETTLEMENT HOUSE undertake to provide on-going support and assistance to all participants after the training.

8.       SPECIAL REASONS WHY YOU MUST ATTEND THIS COURSE

i.      Conflict is an inevitable component of human interaction. Basic conflict resolution skills are therefore essential requirement for all persons.

ii.      As a Christian Minister / Religious leader people will always approach you with their problems. Your ability to help people to settle their differences amicably will enable you      earn their respect, trust and loyalty.

iii.      Nigeria is now in a democracy and as a Christian Minister / religious leader you have a vital     role to play in sustaining it.  One of these roles is resolving disputes, especially between politicians in your domain whether before, during or after elections. Good conflict resolution skill will enable you avoid being partisan and biased in playing this role. That way you will maintain your neutrality and non-partisan status.

iv.      As a Christian Minister/ religious leader, you regularly have conflicts with your family   members, colleagues, associates, subordinates, government officials and others with whom you regularly interact. This programme will enable you manage those conflicts effectively and have better relationships.

v.      Conflict resolution is an essential leadership skill. Leaders at different levels require excellent dispute resolution skills to manage differences that may otherwise impact negatively on their performance. All present and aspiring religious leaders need sound knowledge and skills in dispute resolution.

vi.      Conflict resolution is a life time skill and is transferable. Virtually all fields of human endeavour have dispute components in respect of which non-adversarial dispute resolution processes offer better solution. Conflict resolution is not just an area of specialization; it is an essential aspect of every area of specialization. Since conflict is an   inevitable component of human relationships, Conflict resolution will continue to be a necessary part of human existence.

vii.      Poor conflict resolution skill is medically known to have negative health implication.    People are known to have died of heart attack or suffered some adverse health conditions as a result of their inability to manage personal conflicts well. This programme has a lot to offer you on how to improve your health, and that of members of your congregation, with good conflict resolution skills.

viii.      Some Christian Ministers / religious leaders have exposed themselves and sometimes their family members to risks of harm or death by aggrieved disputants. Some have lost properties as a result of poor knowledge and skills in conflict management and dispute resolution. This course provides insights on how you can avoid these dangers.

ix.      All major religions in Nigeria encourage peaceful and amicable settlement of conflicts.         Attending this course will therefore help you keep your religious obligations on how to deal with conflicts.

x.      This course is unlike any other of its type that you may or may not have attended. It is guaranteed to add real value to your life and career as a Christian Minister / religious leader.

9. QUALIFICATION FOR ATTENDANCE

No special academic qualification is required to attend this programme. Only ability to read, write and understand plain English Language. The lectures and exercises shall be conducted in simple and non-technical language. Where the situation demands the facilitators shall explain some of the technical issues even in “pidgin” English. Illustrations, role-plays and exercises shall be based on Nigerian circumstances and NOT foreign cases that have little or no relevance to our local environment.

10. COURSE FACILITATORS

The lectures and exercises are conducted by a team of seasoned and experienced practitioners. Our resource persons rank among the best in their respective subject areas. Our programmes are usually conducted with modern teaching aids, thus making our lectures and exercises highly simulative, interesting and refreshing

11. CERTIFICATION

Upon successful completion of the course participants are awarded Certificate of Training and Proficiency in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution. In addition, successful trainees get certified as Dispute Resolution Specialists (DRS), and they may use the mark DRS, after their names. Candidates are guaranteed to acquire world class knowledge and skills to practice ADR anywhere.

COURSE FEE

N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira per person). Please NOTE that this fee covers course materials (including certificate), accommodation and feeding. Participants or their sponsors are financially responsible for their transportation to and from the course venues and any other personal expense.

12. DATE

September 5 – 8, 2011

13. VENUE

Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.

14. REGISTRATION

Interested Participants are advised to register early. To register, pay course fee into: Trinity Foundation, Union Bank Ughelli, Account number 7031020001290 please, remember to bring along your teller on the day of registration or you can pay cash on arrival. The earlier, the better, to avoid rush.

OVERSEAS STUDY VISITS

In order to enable our trainees advance and consolidate their knowledge and skills in dispute resolution we regularly organize study visits and other advanced courses in conflict management and dispute resolutions overseas. Our foreign programmmes regularly hold in the United States of America, Britain, Canada, Germany, Dubai, South Africa, Ghana and other African countries.   Participants at the National Capacity Building Workshop for Christian Ministers and Religious leaders qualify to attend any of our foreign programmes.

 

FOR ENQUIRIES CONTACT

Ven. Ernest Onuoha      –        08037073647

Barr. Ben Odoh             –        08035699063

E-MAIL: dralnig@yahoo.com, onuohaeo@yahoo.com, ibrucentre@yahoo.com

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