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Private international law

Private international law governs civil and commercial law transactions and disputes that contain international elements.

The Private International Law Section serves as the National Organ to the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The section is also the Central Authority for the Hague Convention:

  • on the Service Abroad of Judicial Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Proceedings 1965 and
  • on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters 1970.

Legal processes and legislation

The section is also involved in projects to develop principles and rules to resolve private international law issues such as jurisdiction, choice of law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments.

These projects include both domestic projects and those developed by international organisations such as the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH or Hague Conference), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).