About Ugochinyelu C. N. Anidi, Ph.D.
Ugochinyelu C. N. Anidi, Ph.D. is an established mediator and lecturer-in-law at the University of Nigeria, where she specializes in family law and alternative dispute resolution. Dr. Anidi has been teaching family law at the undergraduate level since 2011 and has served as a volunteer family mediator at the Citizens’ Mediation Centre at the Ministry of Justice of Enugu State, Nigeria since 2010. She also holds a LL.M. in Comparative International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University.
Dr. Anidi has completed several family mediation and ADR programs including the Advanced Divorce Mediation Program at the New York Peace Institute and the Mediating Disputes Course at Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation (PON). She also recently concluded her Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in divorce mediation. Her research examines the application of mandatory divorce mediation and the dissolution of both customary and statutory law marriages in Nigeria through the use of government funded, community-based mediation organizations.
Dr. Anidi is a member of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria (ICMC) and a mediator on the panel of neutrals at the Enugu State Multi-door Courthouse. She is currently working to establish a clinical mediation course at the University of Nigeria, and hopes to support the continued development of ADR institutions such as the multi-door courthouses and citizens’ mediation centers by providing staff training and improved instruction. Through promoting the availability of mediation services throughout Nigeria, Dr. Anidi hopes to make dispute resolution accessible to indigent members of local communities.
Dr. Anidi’s mediation practice commenced in 2010 when she served as a volunteer mediator at the Citizens’ Rights and Mediation Centre at the Ministry of Justice in Enugu State, Nigeria. In 2018, she joined the panel of neutrals at the Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse as a mediator. Her mediation practice focuses primarily on family disputes such as child custody, spousal maintenance, and division of matrimonial assets cases. She also handles other civil disputes in the areas of commercial litigation (ex: breach of contract) and landlord and tenant.