MAAN Pioneer President Unveils Book on  Arbitration 


The pioneer President of the Maritime Arbitration Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour has written a book titled “Commercial Arbitration Law and Practice in Nigeria through the Cases”.

Published by one of the most trusted legal name in legal publishing, LexisNexis the book draws richly from Rhodes-Vivour’s experience in international arbitration with extensive years of practice in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

A statement issued in Lagos and obtained by THISDAY said the book is a comprehensive and quick reference material offering practical and in-depth guidance through Nigerian cases. 

According to it, the book on a ‘subject by subject and case by case’ basis guides the reader on the court’s interpretation of the arbitration statutes by summarising the decisions of the courts with relevant quotations from respective cases. It provides detailed information on the legal framework for arbitration in Nigeria and a comparison of the provisions of the respective regimes, namely the ordinance based law, arbitration and conciliation Act and the Lagos State Arbitration Law. 

It also provides the author’s analytical commentary of cases reviewed and topical issues arising from the decisions of the courts. Where applicable, the book refers to the law and practice in other jurisdictions as a guide to best international practice with the aim of encouraging the development of arbitration law and practice in Nigeria in accordance with global trends in the field.

Describing the book as a reference guide and an essential tool on arbitration law and practice to the judiciary, practitioners, academicians and students, Hon. Justice Olufunlola O. Adekeye, in her foreword said it is “the first book by a Nigerian author in the field to present a comprehensive picture and rich analysis of the law and practice of commercial arbitration in Nigeria.”.

According to Adekeye, the book undoubtedly exposes the sterling qualities of the author as an iconic legal luminary, an academician, a celebrated writer and particularly a master in the field of arbitration.

Besides her being the Chairperson, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom) Nigeria and Managing Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co (Legal Practitioners and Arbitrators), the author is also a chartered arbitrator and a CEDR, United Kingdom accredited mediator. She holds the LLB [Hon] and LLM degrees in law from the University of Lagos and a masters of Arts degree [MA] with merit in International Peace and Security from King’s College London, University of London.

An awardee of the prestigious British Government Chevening Scholarship, she was nominated by the United States Information Services (USIS) to participate in the ‘Young African Leaders Programme’ in 1990 in recognition of her leadership qualities.

She is listed on various international and domestic Arbitration/ADR panels including  the database of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the database of LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre, Panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Kigali International Arbitration Centre(KIAC), Kuala Lumpur  and Lagos Regional Centres for International Commercial Centre, Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi-door Court House and Abuja Multi-door Courthouse.


Rhodes-Vivour is listed in editions of the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal and recognized as one of the world’s leading arbitrators. She is also listed in editions of Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts as a preeminent professional in the field of arbitration. Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour is described by Who is Who Legal as “second to none for her skill and versatile thinking”. 


Nominated by Nigeria as a member of the Court of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague, The Netherlands, Rhodes-Vivour is a member of the ICC Paris Commission on Arbitration and ADR, SIAC Users Council Africa Regional Committee, International Law Association (ILA) International Committee on International Commercial Arbitration headquartered in London and the pioneer Chair, Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the International Law Association (ILA) Nigerian Branch.


She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association, pioneer Board of Directors of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, pioneer Board of Governors, Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre, Governing Council of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Council of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.