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International Commercial Arbitration: Commentary

Journal Articles

One of the best ways to locate articles is to use legal journal indexes. The best of the indexes include:

You can also search full-text collections on Lexis, Westlaw, KluwerArbitration, and Arbitration Law
Research tip: Keep in mind that none of these resources are comprehensive on their own.

Journal articles can help with the analysis of cases, rules, conventions and national laws.  For example, if you are interested in the new Argentine arbitration law, you might be interested in this article: The New Argentinian Arbitration Law: A Train in an Unknown Direction, 32 Arbitration International 349-372 (2016).  Articles also provide practical guidance on the conduct of international arbitration, including how to select arbitrators or the use of evidence.


There are many books on various aspects of arbitration, such as practice and procedure, materials that focus on arbitration in a specific region, or books on specialized topics such as arbitration clauses for international contracts.  To locate these books, type the title into the title field in LawCat.

Specialized databases containing books and other sources for commentary and analysis (UCB or Berkeley Law only).  All of these are available from the Databases list on the library's website.

Research tip: If you use a search engine to locate information and you hit a paywall, check the databases list since we may subscribe to the specific database you need.

  • Arbitration Law
  • Encyclopedia of Private International Law (several chapters on arbitration)
  • Global Arbitration Review (GAR)
  • ICC Dispute Resolution Library
  • Investment Claims
  • KluwerArbitration
  • Oxford's International Commercial Arbitration
  • Oxford Private International Law
  • PLI Plus (Practising Law Institute) 
  • Westlaw, Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Alternative Dispute Resolution (check-off box on left side under "Topic")

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Working Papers

Working papers, recently published articles, and preprints (articles accepted for publication but not yet published) are good sources for new topics -- those not covered well in journal articles or books.

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