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International Commercial Arbitration: ICA--The Basics

The Basics

This page is geared primarily toward students at Detroit Mercy 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, Sixth Edition, lxv-lxxxv.

  • 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, lxv-lxxxv (6th ed. 2015).


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.

Major Treatises

Print versions of important treatises in our library collection.

Web Resources

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.

Recommended Reading