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: treaties, national legislation, arbitration rules, arbitral awards, and court decisions. It also covers secondary sources that are crucial to thorough research: treatises, practice guides, books, journal articles, and current awareness tools. For assistance in researching disputes between foreign investors and sovereign states, consult the Law Library's guide to International Investment Law.
The Law Library provides access to two specialized subscription databases that can serve as starting points for international commercial arbitration research:
In addition, Westlaw (Georgetown Law Only) has an extensive collection of International Arbitration Materials, which includes treaties, model laws, national legislation from select jurisdictions, procedural rules, arbitral awards, case law from select jurisdictions, secondary sources, and drafting aids.