Black’s Law Dictionary defines arbitration as “a dispute-resolution process in which the disputing parties choose one or more neutral third parties to make a final and binding decision resolving the dispute.” Since the passage of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in 1925, arbitration has been an increasingly important part of the American legal landscape, providing a less costly and less time-consuming alternative to litigation.
For those interested in the practice of arbitration, the O’Quinn Law Library has recently acquired The Law and Practice of United States Arbitration, by Thomas E. Carbonneau. Now in its sixth edition, this book contains a comprehensive treatment of U.S. arbitration practice. Topics covered include the history of the FAA, objections to the federal policy on arbitration, contract freedom, federalism, statutory arbitrability, adhesive arbitration, and award enforcement. The book also includes a table of cases and an index for easy navigation.
The Law and Practice of United States Arbitration is currently available on the New Books shelf next to the reference desk. The call number is KF9085.C37 2018.