Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Comparison between Arbitration and Mediation
Noel Rhys Clift
affiliation not provided to SSRN
February 1, 2006
Historically, legal disputes have been resolved either by litigation or by arbitration. Mediation (a form of ADR) is a new way to settle commercial disputes. Litigation is quite unlike mediation, but some consider that arbitration is a form of ADR and similar to mediation. In fact the two are fundamentally different. The purpose of this paper is to describe these differences and to set out some supplementary information about mediation, its use and effectiveness.
The main body of this paper has been designed so that you can dip into any section or point of interest, or alternatively read the whole narrative. Arbitration (and litigation) procedures in England and Wales are in many ways excellent and legal process is arguably indispensable. However, and these are broad generalisations, legal process has deficiencies which can be remedied in suitable cases by the use of mediation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: ADR, alternative dispute resolution, litigation, arbitration, mediation
Date posted: July 24, 2010