Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR) is the first not-for-profit member-based Asian Centre for ADR development, dedicated to promoting the practice of ADR through affordable and accessible education and development of the profession across the continent and its neighbors. Through spreading awareness, networking, and inclusive think-tanks, we support the economy as a whole through swift and private settlement of disputes.

It aims to serve as a platform for members in converging international practices, building capacity, and providing opportunities for all stakeholders of the economy in resolving disputes and seeing projects and investments through – with a special focus on emerging Asian and African economies. Most institutions today are either national, or regional centric – often placing lesser emphasis on frontier markets and the cultural nuances of doing business and resolving consequential disputes. Another factor typically overlooked where global ADR development is concerned is the spending capacity of professionals, both young and experienced. This not only hinders wider participation in ADR development, but also precludes this demographic from gaining the qualifications and experience they and their economies deserve.

As Asia, Africa and the Caribbean become the motors of our world’s economic growth, AiADR aims to accelerate the shift of commercial focus to the East, particularly with the advent of the Belt & Road initiative which is set to connect Asia, Africa and parts of Europe through large land and sea infrastructure development.


To impart affordable and accessible education to the society

Establishing an ADR Knowledge Database exclusively for the members

Access to database and library for the beneficiaries

To provide a platform for the members to benefit from ADR Employment opportunities around the continent.




Global network

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an umbrella term for processes of dispute resolution, other than by judicial determination. It helps parties to resolve disputes in a variety of processes without a trial. ADR processes includes negotiation, adjudication, conciliation, mediation, arbitration and others. ADR often speeds the settlement of disputes and reduces the cost involved. In ADR processes such as meditation, parties play a very important role in resolving the disputes. This often leads to creative solutions and improved relationship between them. Moreover, the ADR proceedings are confidential and private.

Brief descriptions of some of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes:

1. Arbitration
It is a procedure by which, the parties by an agreement, submit a dispute to one or more arbitrators who makes a decision on the dispute. The award so rendered by the arbitrator is binding on the parties to the dispute.


2. Mediation
It involves an attempt by the parties to resolve their dispute with the help of a mediator, a neutral third party. The mediator’s role is limited to advisory and the resolution of the dispute rests with the parties themselves.


3. Adjudication
It is the process by which an arbiter or third-party reviews evidence and argumentation including the reasonings set forth by the parties to come to a decision based on the rights and obligation between the parties involved. It is one among the most sought-after dispute resolution process in the construction and healthcare industry.

Among the characteristics of ADR which appeal to parties include confidentiality, active involvement of parties in resolving the dispute, the fact that the matter would be heard and determined by experts in a particular field and also, flexibility in the procedure.

Although ADR is out of the court dispute resolution, ADR at times requires the assistance of courts. It is today the most popular mechanism for resolving transnational commercial disputes across the globe.