Arbitration is the oldest form of adjudication in the world. We are all familiar with it and we have used it a number of times in our personal lives. Fights between siblings, for instance, are often resolved by running to a parent who hears the evidence and makes a final decision. Anytime disputants turn to a third party neutral to adjudicate the disagreement, we may well think of them as using arbitration. While arbitration is distinct from mediation and negotiation, it shares, then, some of the same pre-legal intuitions and roots.

That said, contractual arbitration has become more a norm and less an alternative for resolving disputes in certain contexts, including consumer and employment contexts. This course will introduce you to arbitration law and practice, with particular emphasis on domestic, US arbitration.