Comitas Legum Law and Legal Definition

Comitas legum means comity or civility of laws. This Latin phrase is used in international law. It is the courtesy that laws of one country shows to another country’s laws when laws of both countries are involved. However, if the laws of one country are not in conformity with the laws of another country, comity of laws cannot be applied. If a country’s laws are contrary to the policies of a foreign country, or it is prejudicial to the interests of the country in which the question that has to be decided has arisen comity of law cannot be exercised. Also, where foreign law is against the statutes of a country comity of law cannot be exercised.