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Treatment of Foreign Law - Dynamics towards Convergence?

  • Yuko Nishitani
  • Provides a unique insight into the use of foreign law in different jurisdictions in the world

  • Includes contributions from officers or academics working for international or regional institutions, including the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the EU

  • Provides swift access to an overview of the current state of foreign law


Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. National Reports I – Europe

  2. National Reports II – North and South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-395
    2. Diego P. Fernández Arroyo, Paula María All
      Pages 453-472
    3. Cecilia Fresnedo de Aguirre
      Pages 473-486
    4. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón, Claudia Madrid Martínez
      Pages 487-500
  3. National Reports III – Asia-Pacific Region and Africa

  4. Hague Conference on Private International Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 613-613
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 639-643

About this book


This work presents a thorough investigation of existing rules and features of the treatment of foreign law in various jurisdictions. Private international law (conflict of laws) and civil procedure rules concerning the application and ascertainment of foreign law differ significantly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Combining general and individual national reports, this volume demonstrates when and how foreign law is applied, ascertained, interpreted and reviewed by appeal courts. Traditionally, conflicts lawyers have been faced with two contrasting approaches. Civil law jurisdictions characterize foreign law as “law” and provide for the ex officio application and ascertainment of foreign law by judges. Common law jurisdictions consider foreign law as “fact” and require that parties plead and prove foreign law. A closer look at various reports, however, reveals more differentiated features with their own nuances among civil law jurisdictions, and the difference of the treatment of foreign law from other facts in common law jurisdictions. This challenges the appropriacy of the conventional “law-fact” dichotomy. This book further examines the need for facilitating access to foreign law. After carefully analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of existing instruments, this book explores alternative methods for enhancing access to foreign law and considers practical ways of obtaining information on foreign law. It remains to be seen whether and the extent to which legal systems around the world will integrate and converge in their treatment of foreign law.


Access to Foreign Law Application of Foreign Law Ascertainment of Foreign Law Comparative Law Conflict of Laws Conflict of Laws Rules and Foreign Law Failure to Establish Foreign Law Foreign Law Foreign Law before Judicial Authorities Foreign law in Other Instances Hague Conference on Private International Law Interpretation of Foreign Law Judicial Review Nature of Foreign Law Organization of American States Private International law Proof of and Information About Foreign Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Yuko Nishitani
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of LawKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

About the editors

Yuko Nishitani is Professor of International Private and Business Law at Kyoto University Graduate School of Law in Japan since April 2015. Prior to this, she held a chair at Tohoku University (1997-2007) and Kyushu University (2011-2015) in Japan. She holds a PhD from the University of Heidelberg (1997) and has done research in Heidelberg, Hamburg and Cologne (Germany), Milan and Florence (Italy), New York (U.S.), Lausanne (Switzerland), Paris (France) and the Hague (at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the Netherlands). Her area of interests is private international law, international business law, international civil procedure law, comparative law, and family and succession law. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Treatment of Foreign Law - Dynamics towards Convergence?
  • Editors Yuko Nishitani
  • Series Title Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law
  • Series Abbreviated Title Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56572-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85946-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-56574-3
  • Series ISSN 2214-6881
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-689X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 643
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Private International Law, International & Foreign Law, Comparative Law
    Civil Procedure Law
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