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Alumni Conference 2015

Gamey and Gamey invites all past participants of the Executive ADR programme to the first alumni conference.


 

INTRODUCTION

The search for more congenial avenues for resolving disputes has produced a number of mechanisms and techniques applicable especially to civil, commercial and non-aggravated criminal disputes under the broad term of ADR.
Closely related are issues of legal pluralism, the formation of non-state justice systems, informal justice systems, ombudsman-ship and peace and reconciliation movements.
ADR in Ghana started to gain recognition in the early 1990s although there exist laws on arbitration and allied ADR processes scattered across different legislations. Several attempts were made by different groups to practice ADR essentially by state institutions such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) through their work as Ombudsmen and the Legal Aid Scheme established to provide legal services to indigent populations.

THE GAMEY AND GAMEY EXPERIENCE
It was not until the Gamey and Gamey Group started a series of advocacy in the early 2000s for the use of consensual decision making methods especially in the resolution of labour disputes that brought mediation to the fore, for instance. The consistency in denouncing strikes, especially illegal strikes and call for actors within the labour market to channel their grievances for resolution through the use of ADR further increased awareness of the Ghanaian populace on the use and indeed effectiveness of ADR mechanisms in resolving disputes.
There was also the competency issue. Awareness creation was complemented with training of individuals as ADR practitioners. It is obvious that the only way to sustain the ADR practice was to train individuals and prepare them for responsible roles as ADR practitioners once people begin to channel their disputes through ADR mechanisms. This was the raison-d’être for instituting the Executive Training programme in ADR.

THE GGAM EXECUTIVE ADR PROGRAMME
Since 2002 more than three hundred participants have gone through the programme in 16 different batches to practice as ADR professionals. They come from diverse fields of endeavour ranging from academia, medical practice, legal practice, science and research, engineering and architecture, football administration, banking and finance, education, mining and oil and gas, management and administration, the armed forces, police and other security services, public sector, NGOs and civil society among others. The programme which began with the title Executive Diploma in Mediation and Arbitration has since 2010 become Professional Executive Master of ADR (PEM.ADR).
After more than a decade of organising the programme, it is time to call for convocation of all past participants and to assess how they have applied their training in ADR, interrogate their challenges, share best practices, network and map out future directions.
This is especially important due to the paucity of research on the use of ADR in Ghana, the addition of knowledge and new fields of ADR being discovered as well as the need to form a network of professionals to share their experiences on best practices and ways to improve the practice of ADR both as a craft and an art.
There is also the need to create the necessary ambience for practice especially on account of the dearth of matters that are referred to practitioners.

KEY OBJECTS
Critically, we would like to assess factors such as the following:

  • What opportunities exist for ADR practitioners to practice and/or offer their services?
  • What areas have professionals applied their skills?
  • What is the level of remuneration for services rendered and whether it is adequate?
  • What competency gaps exist in the current ADR practice in Ghana and how to close such gap?
  • What are the expectations of alumni with regards to professionalism or professional group?
  • What standards should be set and maintained in conduct and ethics for practitioners?
  • What form of network should be created to keep all past participants as one community?
  • What adjustments are necessary to the current training regime for ADR practitioners?
  • What structures must be put in place to ensure continuous professional development?

These and some more profound objectives that may be articulated by past alumni form the basis of the GGAM alumni conference.
The expansion of Ghana’s extractive industry to include oil and gas alongside the traditional mining activities, increased trade both at the domestic and international levels and growing social interactions at the religious, community and family levels present opportunities for ADR practice. There is therefore the need for concerted effort at the professional level to present ADR and ADR practitioners in ways that is likely to attract the interest of stakeholders to engage them just as there is the need to institute measures to boost the professional worth of practitioners.

SCHEDULE:
Date: 22nd and 23rd May 2015
Venue: Accra International Conference Centre
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm each day

CONCLUSION
The passage of the ADR Act, 2010 has given an added impetus to the practice of ADR and this conference hopes to explore options for maximising and expanding the existing space for the practice of ADR. And to renew commitments, find new directions and establish the necessary linkages with relevant stakeholders and industry players for a sustained and meaningful contribution in harnessing the potential of ADR practice in Ghana and beyond.

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At a Glance

Date: 22nd & 23rd May 2015

Venue: Accra International Conference Centrer

Time: 8:00 am prompt

Keynote Speaker
Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood
Her Ladyship the Chief Justice of Ghana


Chairman
Sir Professor Kofi Kumado
Law Faculty, University of Ghana

Registration: FREE


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Opening Ceremony Programme 

Thematic Groups and Synopsis 

Conference Programme 

Closing Ceremony and Awards Programme 


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