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Light on Peacemaking by Thomas DiGrazia

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CHAPTER 1

Thumbnail Sketch of Appropriate Dispute Resolution History

Introduction

Throughout this book, I will use the term appropriate dispute resolution (ADR) to describe the various forms of peacemaking ­currently utilized in the American legal system. The usual term for these forms is called alternative dispute resolution, and also utilizes the abbreviation ADR.

For a long time, I have been uncomfortable with the term alter­native before dispute resolution and have instead utilized the word appropriate. My concern is based on the limitations imposed on disputants and their legal advisers in choosing an alternative to litigation. I prefer the more creative possibilities inherent in the word appropriate. To me, ­alternative implies second-class ...

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