Arbitration Rules

Arbitration Rules in the United States

Arbitration and Mediation Rules

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) publishes rules for Commercial, Laborand Patent arbitration, and many others. The current versions are posted free on the AAA’s Rules & Procedures page.

AAA rules are searchable on Lexis and on Westlaw.

For detailed information about arbitration awards, click here. In relation to arbitration in general, click here.

For securities arbitration, FINRA follows rules adopted from the NYSE and the NASD, although they are now adopting their own. All these rules are available through FINRA’s Rules page. Current and historical NASD and NYSE rules are searchable onWestlaw. Note: FINRA also posts a Code of Arbitration Procedure.

The U.S. Copyright Office’s CARP and Licensing Information page links to the Rules and Regulations of the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels, plus a lot of other information related to copyright arbitration.

The Society for Maritime Arbitrators posts rules for both arbitration and mediation. The Society’s arbitration rules are republished in Domke on Commercial Arbitration and the related Westlaw database (DOMSMA-RULES).

The arbitration and mediation rules of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators are posted on the Society Web site.

The Mediation Procedures and the Non-Administered and International Non-Administered Arbitration Rules of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution are posted in the “CPR Clauses, Rules, Codes & Procedures” section of the Institute Web site.

The Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) are are posted on the International Commercial Arbitration & Conciliationpage of the UNCITRAL web site. They are also published in the supplement to Oehmke’s International Arbitration. See also “United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).”

The Arbitration Rules for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its International Court of Arbitration are posted on the ICC Web site ( Or you get the rules as printed pamphlets by calling ICC Publishing (212-206-1150). The ICC rules are reprinted and discussed in detail in A Guide to the New ICC Rules of Arbitration (Kluwer Law International) and the Handbook of ICC Arbitration: Commentary, Precedents, Materials, which includes annotations (Thomson/West). See also “International Chamber of Commerce.”

The National Mediation Board posts mediation rules, which are also published in Title 29, Chapter 10, Part 1201 et seq. of the Code of Federal Regulations, as well asarbitration rules.

The German Institution of Arbitration posts its rules in English and several other languages on the the “Schiedsgerichtsordnung (SchO) / Arbitration Rules (Rules)” page. You can also get their rules in English from Westlaw (DIS-ARBRULES) if you don’t mind paying.

Note: The Critical Documents Sourcebook Annotated includes many types or rules forinternational arbitration. Many other kinds of arbitration rules are available in theHandbook of Arbitration Practice.

Arbitration Rules: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Arbitration Rules. This part provides references, in relation to Arbitration Rules, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Arbitration Rules by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Arbitration Rules and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Arbitration Rules or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Arbitration Rules and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Arbitration Rules. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Arbitration Rules should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Arbitration Rules when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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