Negotiation : A non-binding procedure in which discussions between the parties are initiated without the intervention of any third party with the object of arriving at a negotiated settlement of the dispute.
Conciliation Mediation: A non-binding procedure in which an impartial third party, the conciliator/mediator, assists the parties to a dispute in reaching a mutually satisfactory and agreed settlement of the dispute.
Med-Arb: A procedure which combines sequentially conciliation/Mediation and where the dispute is not settled through conciliation/mediation within a period of time agreed in advance by the parties, arbitration.
MEDOLA : A procedure in which if the parties fail to reach an agreement through mediation, a neutral person, who may be the original mediator or an arbitrator, will select between the final negotiated offers of parties such selection being binding on the parties.
Mini-Trial : A non binding procedure in which the disputing parties are presented with summaries of their cases to enable them to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and prospects of their case and then an opportunity to negotiate a settlement with the assistance of a neutral adviser.
Arbitration: A procedure in which the dispute is submitted to an arbitral tribunal which makes a decision (an `award') on the dispute that is binding on the parties.
Fast track Arbitration: A form of arbitration in which the arbitration procedure is rendered in a particularly short time and at reduced cost.
Neutral listener Agreement: Parties to a dispute discuss their respective best settlement offer in confidence with a neutral third party who, after his own evaluation, suggests settlements to assist the parties to attempt a negotiated settlement.
Rent a judge: Disputing parties mutually approach a referee, usually a retired judge, before whom they present their case in informal proceedings. The referee judge gives his decision which is enforceable in a court of law. The fee of the referee is paid by the parties.
Final offer arbitration: Each party submits its monetary claim before a panel that renders its decision by awarding one and rejecting the other claim.