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Foreign and International Online Legal Resources: Private International Law

A collection of online legal research resources relating to foreign and international law.

Resource Key

 - University of Utah students, faculty and staff only. Off-campus access may be available for students, faculty and staff. Resource available to public patrons at University of Utah libraries.
 - S.J. Quinney College of law students, faculty & staff only. 
 - Resource requires password (please ask a reference librarian to log you in).
Links without one of these keys are free and available to everyone.

Additional Research Help:

Contact the reference desk for research assistance. 


 - CALI Lesson  – Private International Law Research by Tom Kimbrough 

What is Private International Law?

Private international law deals with private relationships across national borders. This is also called conflict of laws in the US.  Examples of private international law topics include family law matters, recognition of judgment, torts, contracts, etc.


“Private international law is the body of conventions, model laws, national laws, legal guides, and other documents and instruments that regulate private relationships across national borders. Private international law has a dualistic character, balancing international consensus with domestic recognition and implementation, as well as balancing sovereign actions with those of the private sector. United States domestic law’s nearest equivalent to private international law would be interstate “conflict of laws” or “choice of laws.”” 

Don Ford, Private International Law, ASIL e-RG Electronic Resource Guide,

Steps in Private International Law Research:

  • Determine which jurisdictions are/may be involved
  • Consult secondary sources for background information
  • See if an international treaty, convention or other document governs
  • If a treaty or convention doesn’t govern, look for national law for the jurisdiction(s) – pay particular attention to choice of law provisions (See Foreign Law Resources tab)

Some Sources of Law:

  • National Law (I.e. French law, Mexican law, etc.)
  • Treaties and Conventions
  • Model Laws/Uniform Laws
  • Regional Instruments 
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