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Move over ADR – Negotiated Dispute Resolution is here

Move over ADR – Negotiated Dispute Resolution is here

  BY REBECCA CLARK

“Words have power” says CMC Deputy Chair and IPOS mediator Rebecca Clark. “Is it now time to lose the A?” she asks referring to a suggestion Sir Geoffrey Voss made regarding (Alternative)Dispute Resolution. How important is terminology to you?

Language: we change it, and it changes us. It’s estimated that three new words are added to the English Language every day. And those already existing take on new meanings; your sick dog might be poorly, or (preferably) cool. With so many words now available, the ones we choose become loaded with meaning.

Let’s look at three words close to my heart: Alternative Dispute Resolution. While the D and R part of ADR remain the same, is it now time to lose the A? Both the Civil Mediation Council and the Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos think so.

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