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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

  • Kluwer Arbitration.
    Access treaties, arbitral rules, arbitral awards, national legislation, and court decisions, as well as secondary sources, including ten specialized journals.  Use the practice tools to create "smart charts" comparing legislation across two or more jurisdictions or arbitral rules issued by two or more institutions.  The Kluwer Arbitration Blog publishes informed commentary by leading practitioners.
  • Transnational Dispute Management (TDM).
    TDM publishes an online journal featuring peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of transnational commercial dispute resolution. TDM also maintains a growing database of legal materials, which includes arbitral awards, national laws, and court decisions.
  • Westlaw. (International Arbitration Materials)
    This Westlaw database includes treaties, model laws, national legislation from select jurisdictions, procedural rules, arbitral awards, case law from select jurisdictions, secondary sources, and drafting aids.

Help with Related Topics

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

International Commercial Arbitration

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