v· alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process whereby the parties to a dispute (including future interest disputes) agree to utilize the services of a conciliator, who then meets with the parties separately in an attempt to resolve their differences. They do this by lowering tensions, improving communications, interpreting issues, providing technical assistance, exploring potential solutions and bringing about a negotiated settlement.
Conciliation differs from arbitration in that the conciliation process, in and of itself, has no legal standing, and the conciliator usually has no authority to seek evidence or call witnesses, usually writes no decision, and makes no award.
Conciliation differs from mediation in that the main goal is to conciliate, most of the time by seeking concessions. In mediation, the mediator tries to guide the discussion in a way that optimizes parties needs, takes feelings into account and reframes representations.
In conciliation the parties seldom, if ever, actually face each other across the table in the presence of the conciliator.
Recent studies in the processes of negotiation have indicated the effectiveness of a technique that deserves mention here. A conciliator assists each of the parties to independently develop a list of all of their objectives (the outcomes which they desire to obtain from the conciliation). The conciliator then has each of the parties separately prioritize their own list from most to least important. He/She then goes back and forth between the parties and encourages them to "give" on the objectives one at a time, starting with the least important and working toward the most important for each party in turn. The parties rarely place the same priorities on all objectives, and usually have some objectives that are not listed by the other party. Thus the conciliator can quickly build a string of successes and help the parties create an atmosphere of trust which the conciliator can continue to develop.
Most successful conciliators are highly skilled negotiators. Some conciliators operate under the auspices of any one of several non-governmental entities, and for governmental agencies such as the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in the United States.
Historical conciliation is an applied conflict resolution approach that utilizes historical narratives to positively transform relations between societies in conflicts. Historical conciliation can utilize many different methodologies, including mediation, sustained dialogue, apologies, acknowledgement, support of public commemoration activities, and public diplomacy.
Historical Conciliation is not an excavation of objective facts. The point of facilitating historical questions is not to discover all the facts in regard to who was right or wrong. Rather, the objective is to discover the complexity, ambiguity, and emotions surrounding both dominant and non-dominant cultural and individual narratives of history. It is also not a rewriting of history. The goal is not to create a combined narrative that everyone agrees upon. Instead, the aim is to create room for critical thinking and more inclusive understanding of the past and conceptions of “the other.”
Conflicts that are addressed through historical conciliation have their roots in conflicting identities of the people involved. Whether the identity at stake is their ethnicity, religion or culture, it requires a comprehensive approach that takes people’s needs, hopes, fears, and concerns into account.
Conciliation in Japan
Japanese law makes extensive use of conciliation (調停,chōtei?) in civil disputes. The most common forms are civil conciliation and domestic conciliation, both of which are managed under the auspices of the court system by one judge and two non-judge "conciliators."
Civil conciliation is a form of dispute resolution for small lawsuits, and provides a simpler and cheaper alternative to litigation. Depending on the nature of the case, non-judge experts (doctors, appraisers, actuaries, and so on) may be called by the court as conciliators to help decide the case.
Domestic conciliation is most commonly used to handle contentious divorces, but may apply to other domestic disputes such as the annulment of a marriage or acknowledgment of paternity. Parties in such cases are required to undergo conciliation proceedings and may only bring their case to court once conciliation has failed.
conciliation — [ kɔ̃siljasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIVe; lat. conciliatio 1 ♦ Action de concilier (des personnes, des opinions, des intérêts); son résultat. ⇒ accommodement, accord, arbitrage, arrangement, concorde, entente, médiation, rapprochement, réconciliation,… … Encyclopédie Universelle
conciliation — con·cil·i·a·tion /kən ˌsi lē ā shən/ n: the settlement of a dispute by mutual and friendly agreement with a view to avoiding litigation con·cil·i·a·tor /kən si lē ˌā tər/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 … Law dictionary
conciliation — con‧cil‧i‧a‧tion [kənˌsɪliˈeɪʆn] noun [uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES the process of getting an employer and employees who are involved in an argument to meet and discuss their differences, in the hope of ending the argument: • Procedures for… … Financial and business terms
conciliation — CONCILIATION. s. f. Action de concilier, réunion de personnes qui étoient divisées. Travailler à la conciliation des esprits. Il a un esprit deconciliation. [b]f♛/b] Il se dit aussi De la concordance des passages et des Lois qui paroissent… … Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798
conciliation — Conciliation. s. f. v. Accord. Conciliation des esprits. conciliation des passages, des loix &c … Dictionnaire de l'Académie française
Conciliation — Con*cil i*a tion, n. [L. conciliatio.] The act or process of conciliating; the state of being conciliated. [1913 Webster] The house has gone further; it has declared conciliation admissible previous to any submission on the part of America. Burke … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
conciliation — 1540s, from M.Fr. conciliation, from L. conciliationem (nom. conciliatio) a connection, union, bond, figuratively a making friendly, gaining over, noun of action from conciliare (see CONCILIATE (Cf. conciliate)) … Etymology dictionary
Conciliation — (v. lat.), Versöhnung; davon Conciliatorisch, aussöhnend, einigend, u. Conciliiren, vereinen, aussöhnen … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon