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Part of the Civil Justice Systems Series
This is the first systematic comparative study into how consumer ADR systems (usually ombudsmen and mediateurs) work, the differing national architectures within which they operate and how they can be improved. It describes ADR schemes in Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as emerging pan-EU dispute resolution schemes. Use of the techniques of mediation, conciliation and adjudication are noted. It also covers EU measures on consumer ADR, and 2011 proposals for legislation on ADR and ODR. Data on volumes, cost and duration of ADR schemes are compared, both between different systems and with courts. The authors' findings underpin EU and national developments, and outline options for future policy. Findings and proposals are included for the functions, scope, performance, essential requirements, architecture and operation of ADR systems. The relationships between ADR, courts and regulators are discussed, and need for reforms are noted. This is a ground-breaking work that will have a major impact on European legal systems.
|Publication date:||10th May 2012|
|Author:||Christopher Hodges, Iris Benoehr, Naomi Creutzfeldt|
|Publisher:||Beck/Hart Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Categories:||Consumer protection law,|
Christopher Hodges is Head of the CMS Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford and Erasmus Professor of the Fundamentals of Private Law, Erasmus University. Iris Benoehr is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Naomi Creutzfeldt-Banda is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.More About Christopher Hodges, Iris Benoehr, Naomi Creutzfeldt