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Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Arbitration: IALS Library Guides

A guide to the library holdings on ADR and Commercial Arbitration

Alternative dispute resolution and commercial arbitration

Guide last updated by Katherine Read, August 2023

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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on ADR and Commercial Arbitration. Please consult the Library Catalogue for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.

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Introduction to the Library Catalogue

This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on ADR and Commercial Arbitration. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).

IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:

  • Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
  • Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.

Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk.

For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.


The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH). Textbooks on Common Law topics for Common Law jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA) are shelved in a special section (SJ). All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.

When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Enquiry Desk. 

ADR and Commercial Arbitration material for Common law jurisdictions is shelved at SJ350

International Commercial Arbitration material is shelved at SG20

The following list represents a selection of textbooks on ADR and commercial arbitration. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location. Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your  family name.  E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide. 

Amado, J. and others Arbitrating the conduct of international investors CUP 2018  (e-book)

Bantekas, I. An introduction to international arbitration 2015  CUP (e-book)

Bhatti, M. Islamic law and international commercial arbitration  2019

Born, G.B     International commercial arbitration   3rd ed. 2021 Kluwer law international  (e-book)

Brown, H.J. & Marriott, A.   Brown & Marriott's ADR principles and practice   2018 S & M (e-book)

Demirkol, B Judicial acts and investment treaty arbitration.  2018 CUP (e-book)

El-Ahdab, A    Arbitration with the Arab countries  2011

Goldberg, S.   Dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, and other processes    2007

Kröll, S. et al.   International arbitration and international commercial law: synergy, convergence and evolution. 2011

Lew, J. et al   Comparative international commercial arbitration  2003

McLachlan, C. International investment arbitration: substantive principles.  2nd ed. OUP  2017 (e-book)

Merkin, R. & Flannery, L.    Merkin and Flannery on the Arbitration Act 1996 6th ed.  Informa 2020 (e-book)

Merrills, J.G.   International dispute settlement.  7th ed. 2022

Mistelis, L. & Lew, J.   Pervasive problems in international arbitration   2006

Moses, M. The principles and practice of international commercial arbitration  CUP 2017 (e-book)

Palmer, M. & Roberts, S.    Dispute processes: ADR and the primary forms of decision making   2020

Palmeter, D & Mavroidis, P.   Dispute settlement in the World Trade Organization: Practice and procedure. 3rd ed.   2022 

Piers, M. and Aschauer, C. Arbitration in the digital age: the brave new world of arbitration  CUP 2018 (e-book)

Rau, A. et al.   Processes of dispute resolution: the role of lawyers  2006   

Redfern, A. and Hunter, M.   Redfern & Hunter on international arbitration. 6th ed.  2015  (e-book)

Reed, L.  Guide to ICSID arbitration  2011

Reisman, W.M. International commercial arbitration : cases, materials and  notes on the resolution of international business disputes 2nd ed. 2015

Rovine, R. Contemporary issues in international   arbitration and mediation : the Fordham papers 2015  Brill 2016 (e-book)

Sabahi, B. and others  Investor state arbitration 2nd ed. 2019

Strong, S. ed. Arbitration of trust disputes: issues in national and international law 2016

Tweeddale, A. & Tweeddale, K.  Arbitration of commercial disputes. 2007

Várady, T.    International commercial arbitration: a transnational perspective. 7th ed. 2019


IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on ADR and commercial arbitration from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on ADR and commercial arbitration but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.

American review of international arbitration

Arbitration: Journal of the Institute of Arbitrators e-journal

Arbitration International  e-journal

Emory international law review  e-journal

ICC dispute resolution bulletin  e-journal

International arbitration law review e-journal

IAReporter LLC  e-journal

Journal of dispute resolution open access

Journal of international arbitration

Law and practice of international courts and tribunals e-journal

Ohio state journal on dispute resolution  e-journal

Pepperdine dispute resolution law journal  e-journal

World trade and arbitration materials

Yearbook commercial arbitration

Legislation and law reports

If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning ADR and commercial arbitration issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.

Consult the Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.

Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to Law Databases or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.

You may also find it useful to refer to our guides on finding Legislation and Cases or check to see if we have a Jurisdiction Research Guide for the country you are interested in.

Free internet sources

Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on ADR & Commercial Arbitration  

The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on ADR & Commercial Arbitration. 

Charles Bjork 'International Commercial Arbitration. Update' GlobaLex Guide published September/October 2022

London Court of International Arbitration

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)

International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes‚Äč 

ICC International Chamber of Commerce