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private law British & World English

A branch of the law that deals with the relations between individuals or institutions, rather than relations between these and the state

private international law British & World English

The branch of law which deals with cases of private law involving a foreign element (as the fulfilment of contracts, recognition of marriages and other relationships contracted abroad, etc.), especially in determining the extent to which courts of one's own country have jurisdiction over such cases and whether the domestic or foreign law should be applied by the court to resolving the issue.

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