Alternative conflict resolution (ADR) bears the promise of resolving conflicts cheaper, faster, more creatively, and with less damage to relationships than traditional adjudication through courts or arbitration. In addition, many potential positive spillovers follow from ADR: the unburdening of courts, better access to justice, better incentives for lawful behavior or contractual performance, and more cooperative solutions in relations that have turned hostile. Moreover, the advent of online dispute resolution (ODR) should further enable and facilitate the use of ADR.
Yet, in many countries, including Denmark, ADR has not yet been implemented on a scale commensurate with these promises. This raises the question of whether there are inherent limitations to ADR schemes or whether there are other impediments that can explain their slow adoption. These questions will be explored in an academic workshop and in a panel discussion involving leading experts on ADR and ODR.
Organizers: Henrik Lando & Maria José Schmidt-Kessen, MPP/CBS LAW