Course Description



This course will address Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) theory and practice, including mediation, conciliation, and arbitration in both the judicial and administrative settings. The course will take a comparative approach regarding the American, Australian, and EU legal systems. Differences in the function of and process in courts, in the definition of methods, the common principles (confidentiality, prescription), the attempt (voluntary, mandatory, court or authority referral), and also the consequences of the settlement (binding, non-binding, enforceability) will be covered. 


The students will gain knowledge in the field of alternative dispute resolution as well as the ability to analyze different resolution methods. The participants will not only be enabled to differentiate between mediation, conciliation, arbitration and court proceedings but also to relate one to the other.