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International Legal Research: Harmonization of Foreign Law

This Guide covers essential print and electronic resources for researching international and foreign law.

Hague Conference on Private International Law

Sometimes, what appears like a question of national law is actually governed by a "private international law" treaty. A number of treaties directly impact the lives of private individuals and activities, as opposed to nations. Some of the most important include the two treaties below (also discussed under International Trade Law) and the Hague Service Convention:

Other Hague Conventions concern family law matters such as marriage, child support and decedent's estates. They can be found at the Hague Conference on Private International Law website together with up to date status information.


Another organization which exists to further the unification of private law is the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).