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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:
- United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Apr. 11, 1980, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.97/18 (1980); 19 I.L.M. 668 (1980); 1489 U.N.T.S. 3, 59; S. Treaty Doc. 98-9 (1983) (CISG)
- Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, June 10, 1958, 330 U.N.T.S. 3; 21 U.S.T. 2517 (New York Convention)
- Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, Nov. 16, 1965, 20 U.S.T. 361, 658 U.N.T.S. 163 (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).