For researchers, the most frustrating aspect of arbitration is that awards and proceedings are usually confidential. In contrast to the transparency of litigation, documents relating to arbitration are not routinely published electronically or in paper. Because some arbitration awards do get published, however, you can’t assume these decisions are always unavailable. Unfortunately, researching this area of law can also be time-consuming and frustrating because there is no centralized source for obtaining all of the legal authorities needed.
Types of legal authorities used in international commercial arbitration:**
** Compiled from S.I. Strong, Research in International Commercial Arbitration: Special Skills, Special Sources, 29 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. 119 (2009).
Quick Background Source
This Encyclopedia is a good source for an overview of topics within international law (including private international law). Provides information on the most important treaties and other documents.
See also, Principles of International Litigation and Arbitration (2019). This is a "concise hornbook" and provides a lot of background information.