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International Commercial Arbitration Research Guide

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

National Legislation

Almost every country has enacted legislation that directly or indirectly affects the drafting of commercial arbitration agreements or the conduct of international commercial arbitration proceedings.  Many nations and sub-national jurisdictions have adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and/or the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation.  The print and electronic resources described below will help you to locate national laws related to commercial arbitration.

Electronic Resources

Kluwer Arbitration.
Access arbitration laws from nearly 100 jurisdictions, some of which are available in both their original language and in unofficial English translations.  To search by country, click on the white triangle to the left of the search box and select "Legislation" as the Content Type.  Then select the desired jurisdiction. Use the the links on the "Practice Tools" menu to generate "smart charts" comparing national laws governing the drafting of arbitration agreements, the appointment of arbitrators, and the confidentiality of arbitration proceedings.

ICC Dispute Resolution Library.
This International Chamber of Commerce database includes a Guide to National Procedures for the Recognition of Awards Under the New York Convention, which provides information about statutes of limitations and procedural rules governing evidentiary requirements, stays of enforcement, and related matters.  To access this content, click on "Enforcement Guide" and browse alphabetically by jurisdiction.

The Foreign Law Guide.
This subscription database covers almost all jurisdictions outside the U.S.  Under the heading "Laws by Subject" select "Arbitration & Mediation" as the category.  Then scroll down to select the desired jurisdiction. In some cases, you will find direct links to electronic versions of relevant laws.  In other cases, only citations to print sources are provided.

International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration. 
This e-book on the Kluwer Arbitration platform provides an overview of arbitration law and practice in more than 70 jurisdictions.  Relevant laws are reproduced in full text.  For non-English speaking jurisdictions, laws are provided in unofficial English translations, not in their original languages.

Transnational Dispute Management (TDM).
TDM's database of arbitration laws covers dozens of jurisdictions. Some are available in their original language.  Others are provided in unofficial English translations.  To access them, go to the "Legal and Regulatory Docs" tab and click on "Search."  Then scroll down to access the Advanced Search template.  Select "Laws & Regulations" as the Category and choose the desired country from the menu.

Westlaw offers the following resources:

Print Resources