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This guide outlines an example of using the HLSL resources to research an arbitration issue involving NAFTA Chapter 11. The research process outlined in this guide can be used to research other types of arbitrations as well.
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    Step-by-Step Guide to Arbitration Research

    This guide outlines a step-by-step example of how to use HLSL's electronic resources to research an arbitration issue.  The specific issue used for this example involves a NAFTA Chapter 11 claim.  This procedure can be adapted for other types of arbitration issues as well.

    The information in this guide is intended to instruct you on how to access and use these resources for this type of research in the context of an example.  It does not go into extensive detail about NAFTA law. 

    This sample research project includes these steps:

    1. Learning generally about the NAFTA and a specific provision of the agreement, Chapter 11.

    2. Searching for relevant secondary sources, including treatises and law reviews.

    3. Finding documents associated with the key arbitration cases cited in these secondary sources, including filings and award decisions.

    4. Finding additional arbitration cases through a citator to learn how the key arbitration cases from step #3 were subsequently treated by arbitration tribunals.

    5. Searching for additional commentary on the key arbitration cases found in step #3.

    The research path provided here is just one way of finding materials.  You may (and should) develop your own research procedure that leads to the best results for your research project.  Also note that the law library provides access to many other arbitration-related databases and materials that are not discussed here.

    Access to the subscription databases described in this guide is limited to HLS affiliates with valid user credentials.  

    More Information about Arbitration Research at HLSL

    For research assistance or suggestions on how to improve this guide, please contact its author, FCIL Librarian Jennifer Allison. Contact information is on the right side of this window.

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