Conflict of laws

An area of domestic law governing the manner in which domestic courts deal with transactions having one or more foreign elements (e.g., an event or transaction occurring abroad or involving foreign nationals).

Rules developed by states as part of their domestic law to resolve conflicts between their own laws and the laws of other states. Given their domestic law origins, it is something of a misnomer to describe these rules as international law. Like other areas of domestic law, however, there are now a number of multilateral treaties seeking to harmonize conflict rules across states.