Mediation vs. Arbitration

Mediation vs. Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are similar yet also different. Each is a remedy for solving conflict. Arbitration is a stronger means than mediation. See below:

Mediation (noun) refers to intervention in a dispute between two or more parties, to help the parties reach an agreement to resolve the dispute in a fair way.

Example:

1. "Courts will often suggest mediation between two divorcing parties."

2. "I was chosen to offer peer mediation services to my classmates when needed because I am a good problem-solver."

Arbitration (noun) refers to a method of solving a dispute between parties where third party (an arbitrator) is given authority to resolve the dispute in favor of one party over the other(s).

Example:

1. "When two parties in a suit can't come to a resolution, a court will often direct the case to arbitration, whereby a court-appointed person reviews the case and makes a final determination."

We can use both mediation and arbitration together in the same sentence:

"It is preferable to work out your differences in mediation among yourselves than it is to have someone else do it for you through arbitration."

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