Federal Office of Justice

Private International Law

Private international law (or conflict of laws) is a set of rules of law that determine which court has jurisdiction and which law governs a given legal dispute. It also determines whether, and if so under what conditions, a judgment rendered by a foreign court will be recognized and enforced domestically. Private international law rules typically apply when a legal dispute has an international element.

The private international law of Switzerland is codified in the Federal Act on Private International Law of 18 December 1987. That Act contains a general carve-out for matters governed by international treaties; some of those were drafted within international fora such as the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) or UNIDROIT.

The Private International Law Unit at the Federal Office of Justice does neither give advice on foreign law nor on debt collecting proceedings abroad.

For the complete documentation see the pages in German, French or Italian.

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Federal Office of Justice
Private International Law Unit
Bundesrain 20
CH-3003 Bern
T +41 58 463 88 64, F +41 58 462 78 64
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