Civil Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution

This stream focuses on research and developments across all civil justice systems and all aspects of the civil justice system including the judiciary; court procedure/rules; ADR (including mediation; negotiation; arbitration etc); self-represented litigants and vulnerable litigants.

It considers the reform efforts across the world to tackle the challenges in trying to increase access to justice for all.  It also considers the development and increased use of online procedures and systems to increase access to justice and increase efficiency within the court system especially with development and use of online forms of alternative dispute resolution (online ADR).

The steam also focuses on the use of traditional forms of ADR including mediation and its interrelationship with the court process and the judiciary. All aspects of reform of the court process and procedures are also covered including issues relating the costs.

Areas of interest for this stream include (but are not limited to):

  • Civil justice systems and reform in the widest sense and across jurisdictions;
  • Access to justice issues in the widest sense including increasing access for self-represented litigants and vulnerable litigants;
  • Reform of rules of civil procedure in the widest sense;
  • The use of online procedures and systems within the civil justice system to increase access to justice and increase efficiency including the use of online ADR;
  • The role and function of all forms of ADR methods including mediation; arbitration; negotiation; adjudication.


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