Handbook of ICC Arbitration - Commentary, Precedents, Materials, Thomson Sweet & Maxwell

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Sweet & Maxwell (London), which is part of the West/Thomson group, published at the end of 2005 the "Handbook of ICC Arbitration: Commentaries, Precedents, Materials" (Hardback, 657 pages, ISBN: 0421913703).  The Handbook was coauthored by Jones Day Partner, Michael W. Bühler, and Tom Webster of Gravel, Leclerc & Associés.  Michael Bühler  heads the European group of the Jones Day International Litigation & Arbitration Department, and is based in the Firm's Paris office.

The Handbook serves both as a source book for experienced arbitration practitioners and a guide for lawyers experienced in international litigation rather than arbitration. It offers a comprehensive review of the ICC arbitration procedure from start to finish, making it a one-stop source of information on the conduct of an ICC arbitration.

Key features and benefits of the Handbook of ICC Arbitration:

  • Explains both basic principles of the Rules of the ICC and provides in depth-analysis, making it ideal for both the experienced and new practitioner;
  • Provides reference to many of the most important awards and cases that are referred to in ICC arbitration, including the most recent authorities, with direct quotations from those decisions;
  • Chapters follow the ICC Rules of Arbitration, setting out the principles in plain English.
    Reflects both common and civil law in its analysis;
  • Includes in Part II a summary of ICC procedure and an essential selection of models including a request for arbitration, terms of reference, examples of letters from the ICC, procedural orders and awards;
  • Analyzes the key secondary material that is used in ICC arbitration, such as the IBA Rules on Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration and the IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest and provides a copy of those rules for easy reference;
  • Analyzes and provides a copy of the national arbitration law in the United States, France, Switzerland and England as well as the UNCITRAL Model Law for reference at hearings.

According to Dr Robert Briner, Chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, who wrote the foreword, the Handbook "provides a detailed commentary on the rules and the practices of the ICC Court and its Secretariat, together with helpful illustrations".  As regards the discussion of national law and the IBA material, Dr. Briner congratulates "the authors on this novel approach and [hopes] that it will further extend the international business community's familiarity with ICC arbitration."

Both Michael Bühler, and his Canadian fellow colleague, Tom Webster, are members of the ICC Court of Arbitration, which has its seat in Paris.

Both combine extensive experience as counsel and arbitrators in international arbitration throughout the world and are admitted to practice in New York and France.  In addition, Michael Bühler is admitted to practice in Germany and Tom Webster is admitted to practice in England and Canada.

For additional information about “Handbook of ICC Arbitration,” please visit the web site of or if you would like to receive an offprint of the Introduction to the book, please contact Michael Bühler at

The Handbook of ICC Arbitration is also distributed by the International Chamber of Commerce as ICC Publication No. 938, and is also available on the UCC U.S.A. web site, USCIB, at .  It has been elected by the ICC Bookstore as the product of the month of January 2006 (

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