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The Basics

This page is geared primarily toward students at UDM Law who are looking for broad view resources and/or study aids. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of resources, and we encourage researchers to continue to browse through our Research and Tools tabs.


Common Abbreviations

Here is a list of some of the more common abbreviations found within the field of ICA. For a more comprehensive list of abbreviations, please see Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration, Fifth Edition, xl-xlvii.

  • AAA-American Arbitration Association, New York.
  • ADR-Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • ASA-Swiss Arbitration Association, Basel
  • BITs-Bilateral Investment Treaties
  • CAS-Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • CEDR-Center for Effective Dispute Resolution, London
  • CIETAC-China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Beijing
  • COGSA-Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (US)
  • DAB-Dispute Adjudication Board
  • DIAC-Dubai International Arbitration Center
  • DIS-German Institution of Arbitration, Cologne
  • ECHR-Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (European Convention on Human Rights)
  • ECOSOC-United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • FAA-Federal Arbitration Act 1925 (US)
  • FTA-Free Trade Agreement
  • ICC-International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
  • ICCA-International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • ICDR-International Centre for Dispute Resolution (Established by the AAA)
  • ICJ-International Court of Justice, The Hague
  • ICSID, International Center for the Settlement of Disputes, Washington D.C.
  • IMF-International Monetary Fund
  • ITA-Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Plano, TX
  • JCAA-Japanese Commercial Arbitration Association
  • LCIA-London Court of International Arbitration
  • NAC-National Arbitration Awards
  • NADR-Nationwide Academy for Dispute Resolution
  • NAFTA-North American Free Trade Agreement
  • PCA-Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague
  • SCC-Stockholm Chamber of Congress
  • SCCAM-Swiss Chambers' Court of Arbitration and Mediation
  • SIAC-Singapore International Arbitration Center
  • UAA-Uniform Arbitration Act (US)
  • UDRP-Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy   
  • UNCITRAL-United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Vienna
  • UNCTAD-United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva
  • WIPO-World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva

Blackaby, et al., Redfern & Hunter on International Arbitration, xl-xlvii (5th ed. 2009).



Some books in our collection will give you an overview of the field of ICA. These items can be good starting points for seeing the broad scope of the world of ICA, and can lead to important resources in the field.

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Arbitration in a Nutshell - Thomas E. Carbonneau
Call Number: KF 9085 .Z9 C37 2012 (Reserve)
ISBN: 0314276157
Publication Date: 2012
This nutshell on arbitration addresses freedom of contract, federal preemption, and universal arbitrability. It conveys a thorough sense of the relevant case law and applicable rules. It describes the unique features of the various forms of arbitration and covers the current debate about arbitration. In particular, it integrates the Court's most recent pronouncements into the assessment of the decisional law: Stolt-Nielsen, Rent-A-Center, Granite Rock Co., and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.

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The Principles and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration - Margaret L. Moses
Call Number: K 2400 .M67 2012 (Reserve)
ISBN: 0521685621
Publication Date: 2012
For more than a nutshell view of ICA, but less than a hornbook, try out this book.

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International Sales Law - Cisg - Franco Ferrari; Marco Torsello
Call Number: K1028.3198 .F47 2014 (Reserve)
ISBN: 0314275304
Publication Date: 2014
Knowing about the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) means to know about the law relating to international import/export contracts applicable to more than 3/4 of world trade. This book provides a valuable guide to the understanding of both the fundamentals of that law and how it is interpreted in various countries, thus making it a helpful tool not only for students but also for practitioners.


Major Treatises

Print versions of important treatises in our library collection.

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International Commercial Arbitration - Gary B. Born
Call Number: K2400 .B676 2014
ISBN: 9041152199
Publication Date: 2014 (Course Reserve)
The second edition of Gary Born's International Commercial Arbitration is an authoritative 4,408 page treatise, in three volumes, providing the most comprehensive commentary and analysis, on all aspects of the international commercial arbitration process, that is available. The first edition of International Commercial Arbitration is widely acknowledged as the preeminent commentary in the field. It was awarded the 2011 Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law and was voted the International Dispute Resolution Book of the Year by the Oil, Gas, Mining and Infrastructure Dispute Management list serve in 2010. The first edition has been extensively cited in national court decisions and arbitral awards around the world. The treatise comprehensively examines the law and practice of contemporary international commercial arbitration, thoroughly explicating all relevant international conventions, national arbitration statutes and institutional arbitration rules. It focuses on both international instruments (particularly the New York Convention) and national law provisions in all leading jurisdictions (including the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration). Practitioners, academics, clients, institutions and other users of international commercial arbitration will find clear and authoritative guidance in this work.

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Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration - Nigel Blackaby, Constantine Partasides; with Alan Redfern, Martin Hunter
Call Number: K2400 .R43 2009
ISBN: 0199557187
Publication Date: 2009
A comprehensive single volume treatise on the subject of international commercial arbitration. This treatise is also available online through Kluwer Arbitration.

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International Construction Arbitration Handbook - John W. Hinchey and Troy L. Harris
Call Number: K2400 .A15 I575 v.1 and v. 2
ISBN: 9780314801807
Publication Date: 2014
Treatise on international construction arbitration co-authored by one of our very own, Professor Troy L. Harris. Also available online through Westlaw.

CALI Lessons

These CALI lessons are geared toward more general issues, but could be helpful for some additional understanding in the areas of arbitration and the CISG.


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