Cases & Materials covers all essential aspects of the arbitral process & are divided between commentary & texts. The book accomplishes both an informational & analytical function. Cases & statutes are followed by extensive & rigorous evaluations. While focusing principally on domestic arbitration within the United States, the work does not ignore either the cross-border or the comparative dimensions of arbitral dispute resolution.
The Materials address a number of procedural questions that have arisen in practice & emphasize, as critically important, the drafting of arbitration agreements & counseling on matters of arbitration. "The book begins with considerable attention to the theoretical basis for enforcing arbitration agreements & awards. In this connection, Carbonneau respects & explains the vital distinction between labor & commercial disputes better than many judges & scholars have done. Two chapters are spent on the important issue of how federalism affects arbitration law. An excellent chapter on arbitration & statutory rights takes the reader through the doctrinal evolution of "subject matter arbitrability," both in the traditional problems areas of securities & antitrust, & in the more current hot topics of age & sex discrimination in employment. Four chapters deal with international aspects of arbitration, including a look at arbitration law in several non-American jurisdictions, & an examination of treaty-created arbitration under NAFTA, the Iran Claims Tribunal & the Iraqi War Claims Commissions. The book's great strengths are twofold. First, its encyclopedic completeness misses no major case. Second, Professor Carbonneau devotes an almost loving attention to detail in his clear introductions & carefully weighed analytic comments & questions. With grace, elegance & style, Professor Carbonneau has put together a superb work on American arbitration law. His materials would be a bargain even at twice the price." William W. Park Professor of Law, Boston University Counsel, Ropes & Gray, Boston Vice President, London Court of International Arbitration "Tom Carbonneau's 'Cases & Materials on Commercial Arbitration' is a major contribution to the literature on arbitration. ... it contains not only excerpts of the most important U.S. cases on arbitration but also extensive commentary & analysis that will prove invaluable to practitioners, policy makers & academics who are already familiar with the field. The documentary supplement will also prove immensely valuable, particularly to those who are interested in international arbitration practice. Jean R. Sternlight Professor of Law, Florida State University Director of Education & Research, Florida Dispute Resolution Center.
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