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International Commercial Arbitration Research Guide

This guide introduces researchers to primary and secondary sources for international commercial arbitration research.


International commercial arbitration is an alternative method of resolving disputes arising out of commercial transactions between private parties across national borders that allows the parties to avoid litigation in national courts. This guide identifies the best tools for locating primary sources for international commercial arbitration research, including treaties, national legislation, arbitration rules, arbitral awards, and court decisions. It also covers secondary sources, which are essential for thorough research.

Key Resources for International Commercial Arbitration

  • ICC Dispute Resolution Library.
    Features extracts from arbitral awards issued in disputes administered by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Kluwer Arbitration.
    This searchable database includes both primary legal materials (treaties, national laws, arbitral awards, and court decisions) and secondary sources (e-books and journal articles). 
  • Transnational Dispute Management (TDM).
    Content includes peer-reviewed articles from TDM's online-only journal and a searchable database of primary legal materials.
  • Westlaw. (International Arbitration Materials)
    This Westlaw database includes primary legal materials from select jurisdictions, secondary sources, and drafting aids.

For more detailed information about the resources described above, see the Subscription Databases page of this research guide.

Research Assistance and Help with Related Topics

If you need assistance with international commercial arbitration research, visit the reference desk, located in the Reading Room on the second floor of the Williams Library.  Or contact the library's International and Foreign Law Department by phone (202-662-4195) or by email (  Students, faculty, and staff of the Georgetown Law Center may chat with a librarian online or request a research consultation.

For advice on researching the resolution of disputes between foreign investors and sovereign states, consult the Law Library's guide to International Investment Law.

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