New book explores latest developments in U.S. arbitration

Thomas E. Carbonneau, the Samuel P. Orlando Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Penn State Institute of Arbitration Law and Practice, has published the fifth edition of “The Law and Practice of Arbitration.” Arbitration, he writes, has become the “primary mechanism and [the] most effective process” for resolving civil disputes in the United States. It adjudicatory vocation, however, is not limited to the U.S. legal system. 

“Arbitral clauses appear everywhere in consumer transactions and employment relationships. Most Americans are affected by arbitration and are likely to participate in arbitral proceedings in person or online,” said Carbonneau who has devoted much of his 35-year career to the study of international litigation and arbitration. He is the author of more than 15 books and 80 scholarly articles on arbitration and other law topics. In addition, most domestic and international commercial agreements include an arbitration clause, making it "essential" for attorneys to be comfortable with arbitration practice.

The 691-page book is aimed at practitioners inside and outside of the United States as well as law students. It contains chapters on the Federal Arbitration Act, federalism, enforcement of arbitral awards, and international commercial arbitration. (A full table of contents is available online.)

A former Rhodes Scholar, Carbonneau held the Visiting Chair in Comparative Law and Legal Pluralism at McGill Faculty of Law in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in spring 2010. He oversees publication of the Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation.

The book was published earlier this year by Juris Publishing, Inc. 


Last Updated July 22, 2015