The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Building Collaboration

What is ADR?

ADR is a collective name for a series of problem-solving processes used in lieu of formal and expensive, adversarial means of resolving conflict, i.e. judicial and administrative hearings. ADR includes, but is not limited to, mediation, facilitation, and negotiated rulemaking. ADR processes usually involve the use of an impartial third party who assists the participants in reaching a mutually acceptable and voluntary resolution of their conflict.

What are the potential benefits of ADR use in Texas government?

The use of ADR can mean substantial costs savings for Texas government by reducing expensive litigation costs and promoting more efficient resolution of conflicts.