Private international law (often referred to as "conflict of laws") governs the choice of law to apply when there are conflicts in the domestic law of different nations related to private transactions between those nations.
Last Updated: May 13, 2015
- Department of State Listings of Private International Law Conventions
Maintained by the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law (L/PIL) at the U.S. Department of State. L/PIL is responsible for the negotiation and conclusion of international conventions, model laws and rules, legislative guides, and other instruments governing private transactions that cross international borders.
- Hague Conference on Private International Law
With 72 Members (71 States and the European Union) representing all continents, the Hague Conference on Private International Law is a global inter-governmental organisation. A melting pot of different legal traditions, it develops and services multilateral legal instruments, which respond to global needs.
- International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
UNIDROIT is an independent intergovernmental organization whose purpose is to examine ways of harmonizing and coordinating the private law of States and of groups of States, and to prepare gradually for the adoption by States of uniform rules of private law.
- United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
UNCITRAL is the core legal body within the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. The Commission was tasked by the General Assembly to further the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade.
- Organization of American States (OAS) Department of Legal Cooperation
The Department of Legal Cooperation acts as the Technical Secretariat in matters relating to Anti-Corruption (MESICIC) and Ministers of Justice (REMJA). Topics under REMJA include mutual legal assistance, cyber crime, penitentiary and prison politics, and forensic research.
- Organization of American States (OAS) Foreign Trade Information System (SICE)
Centralizes information on trade policy in the Americas. Access to the full texts of trade agreements in force for OAS Member States and new and ongoing trade policy developments.
- NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes (2022 Committee)
NAFTA Article 2022 requires the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes (Committee) to report and provide recommendations to the NAFTA Commission on general issues referred to it by the Commission respecting the availability, use and effectiveness of arbitration and other procedures for the resolution of private international commercial disputes in the free trade area.
- United Nations International Law Site
- U.S. Department of State Office of Treaty Affairs
The Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs serves as the principal U.S. government repository for U.S. treaties and other international agreements.
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
The IMF is an international organization of 183 member countries, established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.