Academic journal article The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics

Dispute Resolution Methods

Academic journal article The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics

Dispute Resolution Methods

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Dispute Resolution Methods, edited by Dennis Campbell and Susan Cotter. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1995. Pp. 466. $167.00 (hardcover).

In the international arena personal and business disputes are traditionally settled in the adversarial setting of a court room. Recently, however, several effective alternative methods of conflicts resolution have developed. Dispute Resolution Methods, a special issue from the Center for International Legal Studies, focuses on the alternatives to the existing judicial system for resolving disputes. The most prominent of these methods-arbitration, mediation, and conciliation-are discussed thoroughly, while other resolution methods-minitrials, valuations, and dispute review boards-are afforded cursory treatment.

The book is organized into sections discussing these alternative dispute-resolution (ADR) methods in countries spanning all five continents. Specifically, these methods are discussed in the business, legal, and social contexts for Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. The chapters, which are written by legal practitioners or scholars, provide specific accounts of ADR in the country addressed. In addition, the authors weigh and examine the advantages and disadvantages of each resolution method, the procedures involved in raising each method, the applicability of certain methods to different cases, and the future development of each method. …

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