The combined data reposing in Dispute Resolution Data (DRD) reports is of interest to an increasing number of outstanding law schools, including most recently Columbia University’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library. Both students and professors find the data from international commercial transactions to be informative regarding arbitration and mediation processes, and a solid basis for heretofore untapped research in examining dispute resolution geographic outcome differences, and ADR comparisons to forms of traditional litigation, among many other learning and research possibilities.
Today all law school libraries have a number of online subscription services and thus, DRD joins a growing family of statistical data applications enlightening the study of conflict resolution. DRD’s unlimited use access for students and professors is a positive distinguishing factor, as is the global data otherwise unavailable.
One very informing aspect of DRD statistics which law school libraries find interesting examines the success percentage of the use of mediation by case types and geographic regions. The chart set out below reveals the successful use of mediation in Europe in cases defined as commercial contracts.
Not surprisingly, research universities which offer multiple curricula examining the subject of conflict management, notably the social sciences including economics and business school programs, are also expressing their interest in international commercial arbitration and mediation data.
In this process, individuals and organizations are becoming more aware of the significant role of arbitration and mediation in global commerce, and its potential in areas of dispute resolution presently sparingly availed including policy and governmental regulations.