The Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) is an independent, non-profit distributing and a non-governmental professional membership organization. SPIDR is the only body in Nigeria specifically set up to provide an umbrella and set standards for the practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Africa.
     
SPIDR conducts research and evaluation programs including the setting of world class standards for mediation, arbitration and all practitioners in the field of ADR, it also helps to engage and empower dispute resolution professionals and practitioners, maintain a register of neutrals, including admission thereto and removal there from. 

   

The organization has over the years provided tools and support to citizens, organizations, government officials, the judiciary, legal practitioners, employers of labour, business managers, communities and indigenous people with regard to the resolution of disputes.

      

    The Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) the only institution in Nigeria approved by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) at the Hague, Netherlands, as a “Qualifying Assessment Programme” (QAP) for IMI Certification for international mediators. This is based on programs whose mediator training and assessment provides assurance of mediation experience and expertise worthy of IMI certification.   
  Accredited Mediators of SPIDR will be eligible for IMI Certification. IMI Certification entitles Mediators to upload their Profile onto the IMI web portal and therefore to be recognized and included among the world's most competent mediators. This will give Mediators certified by SPIDR much greater opportunity to be appointed as mediator in international disputes.


The SPIDR Accreditation and Qualifying Assessment Programs will be accessible on equal basis to all mediators regardless of their professional affiliations, gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation or other personal characterization. The Mediator accreditation will be based on evaluation under the respective QAP’s. Training programs on mediation received by candidates, on equal rating with programs accepted by SPIDR, will entitle the mediator to apply under SPIDR QAP’s.

Accredited SPIDR Mediators will be bound by the SPIDR Mediators’ Code of Ethics.
  

 
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