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Proof of Foreign Law

Proof of Foreign Law

Learn how courts go about determining the content and meaning of other jurisdictions' law.


Welcome to Proof of Foreign Law! We’ll begin by highlighting the crucial distinction between forum law and foreign law. Then, we’ll examine how courts determine the content and meaning of foreign law if the relevant choice-of-law rules call upon the court to apply it. 

Forum Law v. Foreign Law

Forum law is the law of the state where the court hearing the case sits. This includes the law promulgated by that state. It also includes federal law, which applies in every state. [Restatement...