Welcome to ADR Website

ADR is an acronym for "Alternative Dispute Resolution"

Site Focus

The site will focus on many aspects of conflict resolution in three categories:

  • The ADR spectrum before, during and after litigation, with negotiation as an underlying theme
  • Non-legalcentric applications of ADR in a universal sense, but particularly in relation to families and communities
  • Education and training as a philosophy of empowerment to the individual in problem-solving and conflict prevention.

  • Discussion Topics:

    Within each category, various topics will be covered, and will be added to hopefully with input from visitors to the site, and to reflect contemporary developments. Some of the specific beginning topics will include:


    A draft terms of reference agreement* that is used and signed by the parties and their lawyers, if any, before a mediation commences, together with a 7-step facilitative approach, and 27 mediation ground rules.

    Fighting Fair Guide:

    a short 12-step reminder list for ADR being A Dignified Resolution (reprinted with permission from the Australian Conflict Resolution Network).

    ADR Clause:

    A one-page Appendix* being used in countless documents everywhere to ensure that parties who have signed an agreement commit ahead of time as to ways to resolve future differences of opinions and recollections; this clause has been reviewed and improved upon by many lawyers in various jurisdictions).


    Distinction between Barrister and Solicitor (which two disciplines are still separated in England) and how they emerged over the centuries, and the impact of these two disciplines merging in North America, particularly as it relates to ADR. This part will also deal with the role of lawyers in the ADR spectrum.

    Education and Training: Opportunities and benefits

    *These documents have been developed over15 years by Ernie Tannis during TPN (Third Party Neutral) intervention work within and among institutions and individuals. This evolved through a consensus-building process that encouraged contributions by the parties involved over the years as to content changes through those experiences. The evolution continues...