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Selected resources for researching the law of arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), often used to resolve contractual disputes, particularly in international commercial transactions, as well as in employment law.


The following databases contain arbitration materials:

  • Bloomberg BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center 
  • International Investment Arbitration + Public Policy: Produced by Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, this searchable database covers all known investment treaty cases up to May 2010. Cases may be searched by policy area and the treaty involved, as well as by case name, respondent state, and arbitrator. Links to the texts of specific awards in some cases are available.
  • Investment Arbitration Reporter (IA Reporter)provides news and analysis related to investment treaty arbitration, international arbitration between foreign investors and sovereign governments.  
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Practical Law Company: Now on WestlawNext, this database is designed for transactional lawyers and provides model documents with drafting and negotiating tips, step-by-step checklists, and updates on the latest legal and market developments including in the area of ADR and arbitration.

Kluwer Arbitration

A leading online resource for international arbitration research, Kluwer Arbitration contains a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including the full text of bilateral investment treaties, arbitration conventions, national legislation, and ICC cases and awards. Additional content is provided by the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and the International Arbitration Institute.

For an overview of Kluwer Arbitration, there is also a short video.

Bloomberg BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center: Labor Arbitration & Collective Bargaining

This database is part of Bloomberg BNA Premier and is organized by the following topics: disabilities law, discrimination law, individual employment rights, labor arbitration & collective bargaining, labor relations, occupational safety, and wages, hours, & leave.

Primary law sources:

  • Case law
    • Provides full-text of judicial, administrative, and arbitrator opinions and rulings.
    • Find a case by citation, keyword, or Headnote Finder.
  • Federal and state laws and regulations and agency documents.

Secondary sources:

  • BNA editorial analysis and guidance.
  • Practice tools of checklists, client letters, and forms.
  • Includes BNA Insights series of articles and videos from expert practitioners that helps you understand the implications of key legal developments, legislative activity, and trends.
  • Includes the treatise International Labor and Employment Laws (3d ed.) by William L. Keller et al. (Tarlton also has this title available in print.)
  • News: track firms in the news, and find out about law firm changes.

Also contains additional current awareness materials, noted separately in this guide.