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International Arbitration: National Arbitration Laws

UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration

Many national arbitration laws are based on the model law developed by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

To encourage uniform interpretation of the Model Law, UNCITRAL tracks and shares decisions interpreting the Model Law as part of a series of reports called Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts (CLOUT). Each report provides abstracts (short summaries) for roughly a dozen decisions interpreting  the Model Law or other UNCITRAL drafted texts. Each decision is assigned its own unique CLOUT number for identification.

The CLOUT reports serve as the basis for two UNCITRAL tools that are excellent starting points for locating decisions on the Model Law:

Before the digest, UNCITRAL also produced an earlier, more basic thesaurus and index. The digest is more current and provides more detailed information on where to locate the cited decisions. However, the thesaurus and index can still be accessed in PDF form on the UNCITRAL website:

National Arbitration Laws

As with all foreign laws, there is no guarantee that national arbitration laws will be available online or in English. However, because of arbitration laws' importance to international dispute resolution, there are some active efforts to translate and share them.

The easiest starting points for gathering arbitration laws online and in English are:

For a more comprehensive guide to arbitration laws both online and in print, see:

Some print sources compile arbitration laws (and English translations of arbitration laws) that are not available online: