World Wide Web ADR Resources

What information on ADR is available right now on the Internet? - The Interagency ADR Workgroup homepage. Contains information on the status of the four sections of the Workgroup and copies of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act and the White House Presidential Memorandum that spawned the workgroup.

General Information on ADR:

    1. - Contains information on ADR from around the world. The U.S. section (scroll down about half way) contains sample contract clauses, Agency policies on ADR, State and Federal ADR legislation, sample rules and regulations, and other general information on using and developing ADR.
    2. - This U.S. Air Force site is an excellent source for general ADR information and provides an example of the structure for a government agency's ADR program. Site includes information on ADR, such as statutes, legislation, government agency policies, reports and other information, and a bibliography.
    3. - Provides descriptions of different ADR options that are available to the public to resolve various energy/environmental disputes.
    4. - Provides a list of ADR resources on the Internet.
    5. - Information on ADR resources, legislative updates and ADR programs/initiatives.
    6. - Essays covering many ADR topics; including ethics, philosophy, and practical "how to" guides.
    7. The World Intellectual Property Organization's guide to mediation provides introductory information on defining mediation, when it is used and sample contract clauses. For arbitration information, go to:

Sample ADR Rules and Policies:

    1. - The U.S. section contains several examples.
    2. - The World Intellectual Property Organization's rules for mediation.
    3. - The World Intellectual Property Organization's rules for arbitration.

Where should I start reading about the design of ADR programs?

Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), Dispute Systems Design Working Group: Evaluating ADR Programs, A Handbook for Federal Agencies (January 1995).

This handbook, designed by and for federal government staff and mangers, covers the basic principles of dispute system design and provides a checklist of actions to take in implementing an ADR program within a federal agency or department. A copy of the handbook is available at

    Note: EPA does not control and cannot guarantee the relevance, timeliness, or accuracy of the materials provided by other agencies or organizations. The Federal Standards of Ethical Conduct prohibit EPA from endorsing these outside agencies and organizations.

(Revised 3/19/2010)