Alternative Dispute Resolution

As legislatures and courts continue to expand mandates for ADR in federal and state courts, the need to know what, in fact, the ADR revolution has wrought, for good or ill, becomes more pressing.

In the last quarter century, the use of alternative dispute resolution has transformed many aspects of our civil justice system. Many cases are now resolved outside the courthouse through mediation and arbitration—some through binding decisions, some through voluntary agreements. The ICJ is committed to a program of research that will provide accurate information about the use of ADR. In particular, we want to learn about the prevalence of ADR as well as it effects on costs and case outcomes.