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International Commercial Arbitration: National Laws

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You will need the international commercial arbitration statute in effect in the arbitral forum, as well as any cases interpreting the statute. Many national arbitration statutes are based on the UNCITRAL Model Law. The websites, databases and print sources help identify relevant national laws and, in some cases, provide access to the text of the laws. These sources may also provide practice and procedure information.

  • Foreign Law Guide (See "Laws by Subject" tab & then “arbitration & mediation”). (UCB only).
  • International Commercial Arbitration (2d. enl. ed., 1979— ). Provides national laws for 112 jurisdictions.
  • International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration (Jan Paulsson ed., 1984— ). Each national report provides commentary and the full text of some national laws.
  • Investment Laws of the World (1972— ). Contains investments laws and regulations for more than 150 countries.
  • Kluwer Arbitration. (UCB only).  Select "jurisdiction" and then "legislation."
  • National Arbitration Laws (2d ed., Loukas Mistelis et al. eds., 2010— ). Each national report covers information on arbitration for the countries covered with citations to and excerpts of national laws.
  • Transnational Dispute Management (TDM), Laws and Regulations by Country (awards, cases, laws, treaties). (UCB only).
  • WestlawNext, Practical Law. Select "International Arbitration" from practice areas and run a search for the jurisdiction.
  • World Arbitration Reporter: International Encyclopaedia of Arbitration Law and Practice (2010— ). The national reports contain detailed commentary and analysis on legislation from more than 100 countries. 
  • Google searches can also yield national arbitration laws.  If you locate a law on a freely available site, be sure to check the source of the law.

Research tip: No matter what source you use to locate a national law, be sure to check to make sure the law is still in force. Google searches can help as well as reputable blogs, like the Kluwer Arbitration blog.