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Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, encompasses means of resolving disputes without resorting to litigation. It is possible to engage in ADR without filing a lawsuit, or to utilize ADR in a binding or non-binding effort to resolve a dispute. In ADR, the parties enter into a contract that sets forth the terms and conditions of how the dispute resolution will be handled, including who hears their concerns, how their concerns will be presented, and how their agreements will be made. This can give the parties to a dispute a great deal of flexibility over how their controversy will be resolved. The most common forms of ADR are: Mediation - The parties select a mediator, or mediators, who are trained to assist them in their negotiations. The process is voluntary and the parties control all decisions, all agreements are made by the parties. In court-ordered mediation, the mediators may be selected by the court, or by an administrator. Arbitration - The parties select an arbitrator, or a panel of arbitrators, who hear their case and then decide an appropriate resolution. Arbitration is usually binding on the parties. Facilitation (Facilitative Mediation) - The parties meet with a facilitator, who helps them reach a compromise or settlement.
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Permanent Court of Arbitration - The first world body dedicated to the pacific settlement of disputes, now also very active in international commercial arbitration. Established by the first Hague Peace Conference in 1899. Campus Conflict Resolution Resources - Comprehensive collection of materials and links for planning, administrating and succeeding with a campus mediation center. Harvard Program on Negotiation - Information on the organization and its programs, with articles. CRInfo - Links to internet resources, and information about publications and organizations, on conflict resolution. Mediation Information and Resource Center - Everything from defining mediation, to guidelines for choosing a mediator. An international searchable directory with links to mediator's web pages. Centre for Dispute Resolution - Non-profit organization in the United Kingdom, providing alternative dispute resolution services, including business and international disputes, providing information and training services, and advocating for expanded use of ADR. European Arbitration. - The website for the electronic newsletter 'European Arbitration'. Iran-United States Claims Tribunal - Official website of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, an international arbitral tribunal established 19 January 1981 by treaty between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America. Mediate First - United Kingdom based mediation service for solving all types of business and personal disputes. ADR Resources - Resources, worksheets, outlines, newsletters and essays relating to mediation and arbitration. Arbitration Virtual Library. - Links to Alternative dispute resolution information and resources, including 'international public arbitration' for disputes between nations, from the World Wide Web Virtual Library project. Happ's Arbitration Links - Links to ressources in the field of international commercial and investment arbitration.
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