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LAW728 Private International Law (Prof. Strong, Spring 2024)


Private International Law is the body of law governing choice of law or conflict of laws between citizens of different countries. It governs the jurisdiction in which disputes should be decided, which country's law should be applied, and the enforcement of foreign judgments. National laws govern the choice of law in transnational and private international law matters. 

 International organizations have also developed systems for standardizing choice of law  through treaties and conventions, model laws, uniform clauses, forms, and guides. These bodies include the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. 

Transnational and cross-border subject areas in private international law include banking, contracts, commercial law, family law, and labor law. Private international law also governs international dispute resolution, including service of process, and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards.

Research Guides

Research guides are good starting points for a project on the law of other countries. They may provide descriptions of the legal systems of other countries, titles and sources for primary and official resources, citations and links to legal resources, and tips and suggestions for research in the law of other jurisdictions.

Emory Law Library: LibGuides on Foreign and Comparative Law. Emory's own research guides will list sources available at Emory and links to Emory's subscription datatabases. Guides include International Commercial Arbitration, Foreign Law Basics, International Law Basics, and Adoption Law.

UCLA Law Library: UCLA has a research guide on Private International Law.

NYU Law Library: NYU's research guide on International Law: Specialized Sources include Private International Law and International Arbitration.

Peace Palace Library: The Peace Palace Library in the Hague has research guides on private international law, including the Hague Conference on Private International Law, International Commercial Law, International Family Law, and Private International Law. Guides include treaties, caselaw sources, reference works, selected books and articles, periodicals, bibliographies, and databases.

NYU GlobaLex Guides: Detailed guides to research in the law of an extensive list of jurisdictions, plus guides to doing comparative law research. Research guides on international law include guides on International Dispute Settlement and International Commercial Law.

Law Library of Congress: Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World: Resources for most countries of the world with links to primary resources, legal guides, and general information sources.

Foreign Law Guide (subscription database):  The Foreign Law Guide has entries for most countries of the world, with descriptions of their legal systems and history, and references to primary sources, topical sources, and English translations. The Subject Headings for each country cite statutes and publications on subject areas of the law. Subject areas with citations include Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Business Associations & Corporations, Conflict of Laws and Private International Law, and Labor.

Other Introductory Sources

Guide Authorship and Currency

Originally published January 2, 2024 by Amy Flick.

Private International Law

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