Definition of lex loci in English:

lex loci


  • [mass noun] The law of the country in which a transaction is performed, a tort is committed, or a property is situated.

    • ‘When one looks at the lex loci delicti of this tort that occurred on the high seas, one says, ‘What is the law applying to the place of this tort?’’
    • ‘If one assumes that it is the lex loci delicti comisi, the question then arises: what law is there on the high seas?’
    • ‘The law to be applied to a tort is the lex loci delicti, or law of the place where the activity occurred.’
    • ‘The Washington Times claims most marriages are recognized internationally under a legal principle of lex loci contractus whose intent is at least in part presumably meant to prevent violation of bigamy laws.’
    • ‘The pleading here asserted a number of lex loci delicti, did it not?’


Latin, law of the place.


lex loci

/lɛks ˈləʊsʌɪ/