multi-jurisdictional law



Federalism is a system of government in which the same territory is controlled by two levels of government. Generally, an overarching national government is responsible for broader governance of larger territorial areas, while the smaller...

Foreign Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA divorce obtained in a different state or country from the place where one spouse resides at the time of the divorce. As a general rule, foreign divorces are recognized as valid if the spouse requesting...

Foreign Relations

Foreign Relations Law: An Overview

Foreign relations law of the United States encompasses both International Law, which embodies the rules that determine the rights and obligations of states and international organizations, and that part of the domestic...

Governing Law

A contract provision (also known as a choice of law) that determines which states laws should be followed in the event of a dispute.

letter of request

A letter of request is a document asking a foreign court to perform an judicial act, usually to seek assistance with taking evidence or serving process in a foreign jurisdiction. Letters of request are sent directly from the...

letters rogatory

“Letters rogatory” are the means by which a court in one country requests the judicial assistance of a court of a foreign country. Generally, the requests are to assist with service of process or the production of evidence located...

Lex loci

A Latin term meaning the "law of [the] place". The principle that the law of the place giving rise to particular rights is the law that governs the rights of parties to a legal proceeding.


See: multidistrict litigation


Mutilation is a war crime under international criminal law. Under the law of the International Criminal Court, a prosecution for mutilation must show the following:

The victim was permanently disfigured, or else an organ or appendage was permanently...

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL)

A non-profit, unincorporated association consiting of commissioners appointed by each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The purpose of this organization is to discuss and debate which...