This book is a bit different. We already have in our libraries works which survey within one modest volume the theory and practice of international arbitration. We also have reviews of the main institutional rules. Of course the expositions of each domestic system of arbitration law are myriad; and there are a number of encyclopaedias, offering a world tour. Finally our shelves sag under the weight of law review scholarship on the deliciously familiar subjects of academic debate and analyses of the landmark decisions which bring glory to our subject – perhaps none more controversial than Michael Kerr’s triumphant Macau Sardines case. This book combines all of that, within a modest 1,300 pages. The handbook aims to provide the practitioner in international trade with the support required both when involved in drafting the dispute resolution clause – litigation or arbitration, if arbitration, ad hoc or institutional, if institutional which, language, seat and so on – and when acting as counsel when a dispute has actually arisen.