lex loci

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Lex loci is 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. This term is particularly relevant in the realm of Civil Procedure, wherein many issues arise as to whose law (which state’s law or federal law) should apply in a given controversy. See also: conflict of laws

[Last updated in June of 2023 by the Wex Definitions Team