Encyclopedia of Private International Law

The Encyclopedia of Private International Law (published by Edward Elgar) aims to be the definitive reference work in its area, containing about 500 items authored by nearly 200 of the world’s foremost scholars, and representing 57 different countries. 


The Encyclopedia of Private International Law is available onsite and offsite to all academic members of IALS Library. 


The Encyclopedia consists of four volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 contain 247 alphabetically sorted entries. They analyse a wide range of topics of private international law from a comparative perspective taking into account recent developments on the national, European and international level. Volume 3 contains 80 national reports. They describe the private international law regimes of selected countries and analyse global and regional trends. To complete the picture, the national reports are accompanied in Volume 4 by a collection of legal instruments of private international law either in the original English language of promulgation, if any, or in English translation.


The work can be browsed through the contents and index, or by author.


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