21 Today!: Dispute Review Boards in Australia: Past, Present and Future
(2011) 22 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 180
12 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2013
Date Written: 2011
Dispute Review Boards (DRBs) continue to be widely used on construction projects around the world because of their proven ability to prevent the escalation of conflicts into disputes, and to resolve any disputes that can’t be avoided. In the 30 years since DRBs were first developed, over 2,000 construction projects, worth over USD$100 billion, have used a DRB, and 98% of these resulted in the project being completed with no outstanding disputes. It is therefore somewhat surprising that the Australian construction industry appears to have chosen not to embrace DRBs, with only 21 projects in this country having incorporated a DRB. This article examines the limited use of DRBs in Australia in an attempt to understand what the future might hold for DRBs in this country.
Keywords: Dispute Review Boards, DRBs, Construction Law, Dispute Avoidance Processes, DAPs
JEL Classification: K39
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