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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 between private parties arising out of commercial transactions conducted across national boundaries that allows the parties to avoid litigation in national courts.

This guide identifies the best tools for locating primary law materials related to international commercial arbitration, including treaties, national legislation, procedural rules, and arbitral awards. It also covers secondary sources, which are essential for conducting thorough research.

Key Resources for International Commercial Arbitration

  • Global Arbitration Review (GAR) (shared user name and password)*
    Specialized news source for monitoring the latest developments in international commercial arbitration.  Also publishes practitioner guides and annual surveys.
  • ICC Dispute Resolution Library (shared user name & password)*
    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.

* Click on the name of the database to open the library catalog record.  Then scroll down to the heading "View Online - Full Text Availability" and click on the link.  When prompted, enter your GULC Net ID and password.  After the page refreshes, you will find a link to the database along with the shared user name and password.   Please log out when finished.

Research Assistance and Help with Related Topics

If you need assistance with international commercial arbitration research, visit the Research Help page of the Georgetown University Law Library's website. Or contact the Law Library's International and Foreign Law Department by phone (202-662-4195) or by email (  Georgetown Law Center students may schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian.

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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Update History

  • Updated 08/2019 (chb)
  • Updated 08/2018 (chb)
  • Updated 12/2016 (chb)
  • Revised 06/2015 (chb)
  • Links checked  11/2012 (mms)
  • Revised 01/2011 (ras)
  • Revised 05/2007 (aeb)