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Arbitration Research Guide: Home


This guide lists useful resources and databases to get you started in researching international arbitration topics, including investment arbitration (disputes between private parties and states) and commercial arbitration (disputes between private parties).

Online Databases & Resources

Global Arbitration Review (For Remote Access, contact librarian)

Global Arbitration Review is the world’s leading international arbitration law journal and news service. GAR provides breaking news, updates five days a week and in-depth features covering issues in international arbitration around the world, including investment arbitration and commercial arbitration. It also publishes practitioner guides and surveys.

Investment Claims (PKU-VPN & UTL Remote Access)

Published by Oxford, this databased provides access to arbitral decisions and awards, bilateral investment treaties, and articles and book chapters. The focus is on investment arbitration.

Investment Policy Hub 

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) maintains this free database which includes investment policy data by country, global investment policies, national foreign investment laws, investment treaties and model agreements, and investor-state cases.  The focus is on investment arbitration.

Investor-State LawGuide (PKUSZ-VPN: EasyConnect)

The Investor-State LawGuide (ISLG)™ has mapped the world of investment treaty law by capturing the relationships between treaties, arbitral rules, cases and other key materials. The database includes investor-state dispute documents, tools for finding decisions by topic or by treaty article, reports on countries and arbitrators, and a citator. The focus is on investment arbitration.

Jus Mundi  (UTL Remote Access)   

The Jus Mundi International Law and Arbitration Database encompasses a wide range of areas including investment arbitration, commercial arbitration, public international law, maritime law, and international trade law. It includes international treaties, international and domestic cases, arbitral rules, and authoritative publications from ICC, JURIS, IBA, and ICSID. Jus Mundi now hosts the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Dispute Resolution library. This is a searchable database of ICC Awards, articles, rules, and reports. The focus is on commercial arbitration.

Kluwer Arbitration (PKU-VPN & UTL Remote Access)

Kluwer Arbitration is an important online resource for international arbitration research, including investment arbitration and commercial arbitration. Content includes treaties, national laws, arbitral decisions and awards, expert commentary, topical comparisons, data-driven profiles of arbitrators, expert witnesses, and counsels, arbitrator forms, and case law interpretation of the NY Convention. It also features over 400 books and many journals on arbitration.  

Transnational Dispute Management  (PKU-VPN)

The TDM Journal focuses on the rapidly evolving area of investment arbitration, but also covers international investment such as oil, gas, energy, infrastructure, mining, utilities and other subjects. It deals both with formal adjudicatory procedures (mainly investment and commercial arbitration), but also mediation/ADR methods, negotiation and managerial ways to manage transnational disputes efficiently. It also maintains a legal and regulatory database of investment treaties, national laws, arbitral awards, and court decisions and includes authoritative "soft" regulatory materials - voluntary codes, guidelines, standards, resolutions and declarations.

Westlaw International Arbitration Materials

This Westlaw database includes investment treaties, model laws, national legislation from select jurisdictions, procedural rules, arbitral awards, case law from select jurisdictions, secondary sources, and drafting aids. Westlaw Practical Law includes the topic arbitration and features user-friendly resources like standard documents, checklists, how-to guides, articles, and topical overviews.  (UTL Remote Access)

A research tool for international trade law issues, including summaries and critical analysis of WTO Panel and Appellate Body reports.