Damian James has authored an article with a closing note from James Pickavance of international law firm, Jones Day. The article is published on the CAASA website and looks at the development of construction adjudication around the world. Damian examines the various ways in which adjudication has been implemented in different locations and what the future might hold. He also takes a look at the possibilities for adjudication in Africa.

In particular, could statutory adjudication be a useful technique for dispute resolution in African states? Various commentators have suggested in could, but why, and what are the benefits?

Here’s the opening to the article:

Readers, and members of CAASA should by now be familiar with the principles of
construction adjudication. This article aims to touch on some of the key points, origins and
principles of adjudication schemes. It then goes on to look at what the response of different
countries and jurisdictions has been to adjudication.

We conclude with some comments from the author of the leading text on the subject, Mr
James Pickavance of Jones Day. We are indebted to James for much of the research behind
this article taken from his book“1” and for his closing comments.

The Early Days
Statutory adjudication appears to trace its routes back to the ‘Latham’ report…

To read the full article on adjudication in Africa, head over to the CAASA website.

James Pickavance

We are grateful to James Pickavance for his contribution. James is a leading expert and author of several publications on the subject of adjudication. He handles complex construction and engineering matters for Jones Day. As well as acting in a project advisory and dispute avoidance capacity, he has experience in all major forms of dispute resolution.

James is a member of the Society of Construction Law, a committee member of the Adjudication Society, and a board member of the International Construction Law Association. He is a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London and teaches the Master’s degree construction course. He has authored more than 50 articles in various publications and often speaks at and chairs conferences in the United Kingdom and internationally. James is author of the 740-page book A Practical Guide to Construction Adjudication (2015) and contributing author of Construction Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice around the World (2021).