Attitudes toward ADR in the Asia-Pacific Region: A CPR Survey

With Results from the Cornell / CPR / Pepperdine 2010 – 11 Survey of the Fortune 1000 ADR Study for Comparison

Survey Background

  • The survey was sponsored by a GE Foundation grant.
  • CPR formed a blue-ribbon Advisory Council composed of influential leaders from each Asia-Pacific country. The Council is chaired by Prof. David Sandborg of City University of Hong Kong, and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Shantou University in Guangdong Province, China. The Council reviewed and approved a draft of the survey instrument and assisted in the development of a survey distribution list.
  • Beginning in May 2011, the survey was distributed broadly to the Advisory Council, local law firms, local companies, and CPR member companies with presence in the Asia-Pacific region. In the first and second waves, the survey was sent to approximately 200 corporate and 500 outside counsel.
  • The sample size was small (122 respondents) and the results from this exploratory study cannot be generalized. However, the results are interesting and can be used to highlight the need for further research.

Survey Objectives

  • To conduct a broad-based study of business interests in China and Southeast Asia.
  • To identify and better understand attitudes toward dispute resolution in general.
  • To identify and better understand attitudes toward mediation and barriers, if any, to its growth.
  • To understand the factors that explain attitudes and barriers to the use of mediation.
  • To lay the foundation to develop workable approaches on a country-specific basis to growing mediation.

Survey Respondents

  • Responses have been received from more than 15 countries.

  • 41%of the responses have come from companies, and the rest from law firms.

  • Law firm responses came from firms of every size, and their clients covered every sector of the economy.

  • Corporate responses came from companies of every size and in every industry sector.

  • The majority of corporate respondents were senior executives.

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