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I. Definition and Function
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Volume III: Private International Law | Chapter 4 (1999): Connecting Factors

Completed 31 Dec. 1998

Frank Vischer

1. Definition. – The connecting factor is the element forming one of the facts of the case which is selected in order to attach a question of law to a legal system. The connecting factor determines the applicable law or the jurisdiction of a court. For instance, if the facts of a case present a question of intestate succession to movables, the element among those facts selected for the designation of …

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Frank Vischer, “I. Definition and Function”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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