Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo
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A national colloquium aimed at assessing the degree of court intervention in arbitral proceedings in Ghana, is to be held in Accra.

The colloquium, which is expected to help in redefining the scope of arbitration in Ghana, has the prime objective of engendering the development of a conscious policy of judicial support for arbitration as a means of resolving commercial disputes.

Being organised by the Ghana ADR Hub, a network of ADR practitioners, the colloquium, would be held at the GIMPA School of Law on December 14, 2018.

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Among other objectives, the colloquium would examine the provisions in Ghana’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Act 2010, Act 798, which provides for the intervention of State Courts in arbitral proceedings.

The high profile panelists, who are mainly high judges and lawyers, would discuss the principles that underlie these provisions, and offer guidance on the interpretation of these provisions for the benefit of judges, legal practitioners and legal academics.

“We believe that this academic debate is key in fostering the development of the right attitude towards arbitral proceedings by the key stakeholders in Ghana,” says Michael Gyang Owusu, President of Ghana ADR Hub.

He told ADR Daily that the colloquium provides an opportunity for a vigorous discourse on all the provisions of the ADR Act that govern recourse to state courts in arbitration related disputes.

The tentative members of the panel include Sir Dennis Adjei, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ace Annan Ankomah, Kizito Beyuo, both legal practitioners, and Diana Asonaba Dapaah, Lecturer at the GIMPA School of Law.

According to the outline of the colloquium, the discussions would be divided into three segments, with the first part focusing on the key provisions relating to the recognition and enforcement of arbitration agreements, while the second segment would examine the key provisions that relate to supportive role of the courts in arbitral procedures regarding the composition of arbitral tribunals, dealing with challenges to the appointment procedure as well as the jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals.

The role of courts in the enforcement and setting aside of arbitral awards would be dealt with in the third segment of the discussions which is expected to build a consensus for progress.

The  panelists include Sir Dennis Adjei, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ace Annan Ankomah, Kizito Beyuo, and Ms Diana Asonaba Dapaah, all distinguished legal practitioners.

Mr Emmanuel Amofa, Lecturer at the Ghana School of Law and Administrator of the Ghana Arbitration Centre, and Mr Michael Gyang Owusu, Senior Lecturer, Ghana School of Law and President, Ghana ADR Hub, have been billed to jointly moderate the event which is expected to be attended by dozens of ADR and legal practitioners across the country.

By Edmund Mingle/

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