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Alternative Dispute Resolution: How ADR Programs Succeed

Learn how to implement ADR programs and make them succeed.

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Learn how to implement ADR programs and make them succeed.





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Alternative Dispute Resolution: How ADR Programs Succeed is a course that will introduce you to the broad range of systems that operate under the rubric of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

This course presents you with the potential uses and benefits of ADR and the conditions under which ADR programs can succeed. The course begins by introducing you to ADR and shows you the different ways in which ADR can help accomplish rule of law objectives, such as supporting court reform and by-passing ineffective or discredited courts. It will present the limitations associated with ADR programs and will then explain to you the background conditions necessary for ADR programs to succeed.

The course will then focus on the program design considerations that are important for ADR programs. Within this section of the course, you will learn about planning and preparing an effective ADR program with regard to dispute resolution needs, ADR goals, and many more features that may arise during this phase of preparing for ADR. In this section, you will also learn about operations and implementations associated with ADR programs including why you should create support services to overcome user barriers and establish effective procedures for program evaluation. You will also learn how cultural norms may influence the design of appropriate evaluation systems.

The course will conclude by explaining taxonomy in ADR including basic ADR models and examples of hybrid ADR models. This section will also provide you with relevant case studies that will show you concrete examples of ADR in action and different strategies used to cater to different situations.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to: - Define what alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is; - Explain the conditions under which ADR programs can succeed; - Identify when to implement ADR programs in the context of rule of law assistance or other development initiatives; - Describe how ADR may be able to improve women’s access to justice; - Distinguish between the characteristics of ADR approaches; - Identify the goals and possible uses of ADR; - Define how ADR programs resolve minor or local disputes; - Explain how ADR programs do not work well in cases where power imbalance exists between parties; - Describe different limitations of ADR; - List the particular background conditions that are especially relevant to ADR programs; - Explain how different background conditions are important for ADR programs; - Describe program design considerations that will contribute to the success of ADR; - Identify the different categories of design recommendations for ADR; - Explain how planning and preparation may help to determine the type of ADR program that will best meet the needs of the user population; - Define how operations and implementation are important to program design considerations for ADR.


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