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The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system provides an opportunity whereby the deficiencies, and costs, of court and arbitration proceedings may be avoided. In this work, the authors: discuss the requirements of an effective ADR system for settling disputes; compare the merits and weakness of court proceedings and arbitral proceedings in achieving agreed settlements; and, provide a useful guide for students and practitioners to the legal roles within ADR, and the stages to expect during a mediation process.National and international mediation systems are examined, including those of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The WIPO Mediation Rules and the ICSID Convention, Regulations and Rules are reproduced and discussed. A chapter focuses on the role of ADR and arbitration in national and international sport. This title will be of use to both students and practitioners with an interest in ADR systems for settling disputes, be they domestic or international in nature.