Aug 16, 2019

Artificial Intelligence in ADR: The changing face of dispute resolution

Dispute resolution refers to the various ways in which parties resolve dispute between themselves. Some of these forms of dispute resolution techniques include Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation to mention a few.
However, with the advent of technology, there has been quite a number of ways with which IT has helped evolve the various forms of ADR mechanisms.

For instance, with the introduction of social media, some of the audio and video streaming features of the application have come in very handy. 

However, it is important to note that there is another form of technology looking to disrupt the way we resolve dispute and this is via Artificial Intelligence. 

Right now, there are applications all over the world that continue to revolutionize the way we resolve conflicts. Some of these AI inspired tech include the use of bots in researching the legal position that surrounds an existing dispute and how much success can be gotten in case the matter is pursued to court.

It is noted that there are far possibilities of how AI can affect ADR including:

1. AI could be a tool for the mediator

2. AI could be an arbitrator and even an adjudicator.

Not all these possibilities are fully operational but it is great to note that many scientists’ and stakeholders are doing a lot to drive this agenda.

A number of stakeholders in the Nigerian space will also be coming together during the NBA-AGC to discuss how AI can better improve our resolution mechanisms within the country.

It would be great to have a member of lawyers to join this discuss and participate in the sessions.