International Commercial Arbitration Research:
Laws, Treaty & Practice

Posted April 30, 2010.
Prepared by Lori Fossum for LAW E 538 International Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts, Prof. Craig Allen.


Arbitration laws of the seat of the arbitration (the lex arbitri). Most countries have adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. Check its status.

International Commercial Arbitration. K2400.I5 S35 at Classified Stacks
Publisher’s description

International Commercial Arbitration: Pacific Rim. KVC500 .I582 2008 at Reference Area
Publisher’s description

LexMercatoria: International Commercial Arbitration, National Arbitration Laws
About twenty nations' arbitration laws in English

ASIL: International Commercial Arbitration, National Arbitration Statutes
Dozens of countries are represented. Laws are in English, French, Spanish, and/or other languages

Other substantive laws: the national law that will be used to interpret the contract, to determine the merits of the dispute, and to decide any substantive issues.

Foreign Law Guide (UW Restricted)

World Legal Systems

Doing Business

GlobaLex Foreign Law Research

Law Library of Congress, Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)



United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, 1958. Also known as the New York Convention. Signatories and status


International Arbitration Practice

The International Bar Association website provides several useful free publications:

  • Rules on the Taking of Evidence
  • Rules of Ethics
  • Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration

The American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association jointly issued a Code of Ethics for Arbitrators in Commercial Disputes.

Many UNCITRAL publications are available, including 1996 Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings.