Dispute resolution

What is the purpose of this website?

The purpose of this website is to assist parties and counsel in selecting an appropriate instrument to resolve a given or future dispute. The website provides valuable information about the city of Hamburg and its dispute resolution institutions and actors. It also gives an overview of various dispute resolution instruments, including; mediation, conciliation, expert determination, arbitration and litigation.

For each of these instruments, a description of its main characteristics, its legal framework and references to relevant institutions is provided.

In order to decide which instrument should best be chosen to solve a dispute, the first step is to consider which instrument will resolve the dispute in a fair, efficient and satisfactory manner.

There is no simple answer as to the method of selection. No instrument is per se superior to others. Rather it depends on the cause of a dispute and the parties' objectives. Costsduration, enforceability, and procedural flexibility often play a role in the selection criteria.

This website is not only for German speakers but has been written in English as a means of providing information for foreign users. Many German legal texts and state court decisions are also available in English and may be downloaded at www.cgerli.org thanks to the kind support of the Centre for German Legal Information.