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International trade contracts can give rise to disputes which need resolution This can be done through a process of litigation or arbitration to mention just two methods Certain issues however need to be taken into consideration when using either of the two methods for dispute settlement Many businesses in recent times have preferred to use the latter method of arbitration This has in many cases become the norm It has also been suggested the increased use of arbitration as a mechanism of dispute settlement is due to the perception it has significant advantages over the former method In the recent past international commercial arbitration owing to its advantages over litigation in a national court has emerged as an effective alternative dispute resolution device for the settlement of transnational disputes Vibhute 1998 Thus it is pertinent to mention the issues relating to litigation as a form of dispute settlement to place in perspective the role of international commercial arbitration as an alternative means of settling disputes in international commercial trade The litigation process is rather complex and even when deciding where the case is to be heard can be problematic Questions such as whether the plaintiffs chosen court has jurisdiction or which other courts also have jurisdiction need to be addressed first and foremost This in itself can be problematic as there may be numerous locations that may be able to hear the case Consider the following example a San Diego business orders goods from the India The goods will be taken by truck from Delhi to Rotterdam where they will be loaded on board a ship bound for California if something were to go wrong in the transaction the courts of San Diego Germany or India could hear the case but so could any other countrys whose coastal waters the ship happened to pass through It is apparent from even such a brief example managers would prefer to reduce the number of
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