Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Private Dispute Resolution in the NAFTA Region

Expanding international trade creates a growing need for fair, expeditious and cost-effective resolution of disputes arising out of international commercial transactions. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a set of private, consensual processes, such as mediation or arbitration, designed to meet these needs and is the method of choice to resolve disputes that arise when doing business in today's world.

The countries of NAFTA recognized the importance of facilitating these types of private international dispute resolution by establishing the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes (The NAFTA 2022 Committee). To assist private investors and businesses, the NAFTA 2022 Committee has prepared and posted on this website materials designed to guide individuals and businesses in the decision making process with respect to ADR and to facilitate its use throughout the NAFTA Region.


The materials on this website are made available solely to facilitate the study and use of ADR in the NAFTA region. While they are believed to be accurate and complete, neither the NAFTA Secretariat nor the NAFTA 2022 Committee assumes any responsibility for their content.

These documents may be reproduced, in whole or in part without further permission, subject to any copyright or other notices stated on specific materials or linked sites. No such reproduction shall indicate that the NAFTA Secretariat or the NAFTA 2022 Committee is in any way responsible for the accuracy or reliability of the reproduction; nor shall any such reproduction indicate that it was made with the endorsement of, or in affiliation with, the NAFTA Secretariat or the NAFTA 2022 Committee.

The NAFTA governments do not take responsibility for the text on the NAFTA ADR website.

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