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Restatement of Conflict of Laws

Conflict of Laws

"Conflict of Laws is that part of the law of each state which determines what effect is given to the fact that the case may have a significant relationship to more than one state." Restatement (Second) Conflict of Laws § 2 (Am. Law Inst. 1971).

Series Information

The third series of Conflict of Laws is currently in development. See ALI for more information.

The second series of Conflict of Laws was published in 1971 and revisions to the second series were published in 1989. The revisions are located in the pocket parts to volumes 1 and 2. The appendices and supplements to the second series include all case citations for the first and second series.

The first series of Conflict of Laws was published in 1934. Case citations for the first series can be found in the appendices and supplements to the second series.

Research Tip

For more information about the different Restatement series, see the About the Restatements page of this guide.

Superseded Status

The Restatement of the Law, Second: Conflict of Laws volumes "supersede entirely the original Restatement of this subject published by the Institute in 1934." Introduction to Restatement (Second) of Conflict of Laws, at VII (1971).

For more information on superseded status, see the publication page at www.ali.org or contact the American Law Institute.

Parallel Tables

To help researchers navigate between the different Restatement series, ALI includes "parallel tables", found before the index of most Restatement subjects. These tables show corresponding section numbers between two series of Restatements. Some parallel tables may connect section numbers of the final Restatement with one or more earlier drafts. When using these parallel tables to find where an older series (or draft) section is located in a newer series, be sure to check all volumes of the current series - the parallel tables only point to the sections found in that particular volume.

The Parallel Tables found in the front of volume 3 of Restatement (Second) Conflict of Laws show corresponding Restatement (Second) Conflict of Laws, Restatement (Second) Conflict of Laws Tentative Drafts 1-13, and Restatement of Conflict of Laws (1934) section numbers.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of Restatement of Conflict of Laws (1934) show corresponding Restatement of Conflict of Laws (1934) and Proposed Final Draft No. 4-5 section numbers.

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