Introduction: Definition of Terms

Public International Law

Private International Law

Foreign Law and Comparative Law

Private International Law

Private international law (often referred to as "conflict of laws") governs the choice of law to apply when there are conflicts in the domestic law of different nations related to private transactions between those nations. Private international law deals with a variety of topics such as contracts, marriage and divorce, jurisdiction, recognition of judgments, child adoption and abduction, and the like.

Research Tip
For more information about private international law, see the ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law. See also the Private International Law section of the Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL). Both of these sources provide good starting points for researching private international law.


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