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What is the difference between conciliation and arabitration?


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May 08, 2010 4:21PM

Conciliation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process whereby the parties to a dispute (including future interest disputes) agree to utilize the services of a conciliator, who then meets with the parties separately in an attempt to resolve their differences. Conciliation differs from arbitration in that the conciliation process, in and of itself, has no legal standing, and the conciliator usually has no authority to seek evidence or call witnesses, usually writes no decision, and makes no award.

Arbitration is an ADR (alternative dispute resolution) method where the disputing parties involved present their disagreement to one arbitrator or a panel of private, independent and qualified third party "arbitrators, whereas Conciliation is another dispute resolution process that involves building a positive relationship between the parties of dispute,unlike arbitration, conciliation is a much less adversarial proceeding; it seeks to identify a right that has been violated and searches to find the optimal solution.