The Concise Hornbook Principles of Arbitration Law is an authoritative and extensively cited treatise on arbitration. It thoroughly discusses general arbitration law—from federal preemption of state law to the formation, performance, and enforcement of arbitration agreements—and provides in-depth coverage of specialized law governing international arbitration and labor arbitration. The last few decades have witnessed the growth of a large body of legal doctrine—from statutes, judicial decisions, and other sources—focused on arbitration. This Concise Hornbook summarizes that body of law, so should be useful to lawyers and scholars researching arbitration law and to students learning about arbitration.

This Concise Hornbook is designed to be used as the primary or secondary text in a law school course. Many teachers of arbitration design their courses to develop a wide array of practice skills, generally through the use of role-playing exercises. Because this book is clear and concise, students reading it can quickly gain a solid understanding of arbitration’s central concepts and legal doctrines. This efficient use of time enables the teacher to devote many class sessions to role-playing exercises, and discussion of them. This Concise Hornbook can also serve as the primary text for arbitration seminars. Before venturing into a field of scholarship, students generally need a solid foundation in the field’s central concepts and legal doctrines. This book provides that foundation with only a limited amount of reading, thus enabling students to devote substantial time to the seminar’s more-advanced work of reading scholarly articles and writing original papers.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Concise Hornbook Series
Publication Date: 03/29/2023

Stephen J. Ware, University of Kansas School of Law

Ariana R. Levinson, University of Louisville School of Law


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This new second edition brings this complex and rapidly-evolving area of law up to date, with:

  • all Supreme Court cases and dozens of other important recent cases;
  • the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021;
  • the #MeToo movement and arbitration confidentiality;
  • federal agency rules and policies on arbitration related to securities, nursing homes, and student loans;
  • arbitration agreements formed by clicking on apps and websites;
  • arbitration agreements precluding class actions and the rise of mass-individual arbitration;
  • arbitration clauses in wills, trusts, and organizations’ bylaws;
  • expanded coverage of labor arbitration, including formation of labor arbitration agreements, defenses to their enforcement, and issues about their scope;
  • extensive cites to the Restatement of U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration; and
  • appearances by Jay-Z, Angelina Jolie, Donald Trump, and Stormy Daniels, among many others.

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