Lex Loci Law and Legal Definition

Latin term meaning “the law of the place.” It means the law of the state or the nation where the matter in litigation transpired. Lex loci brings the notion that the rights of parties to a legal proceeding are governed by the law of the place where those rights arose. In simple terms, it means the local law. The term lex loci can be employed in several descriptions, but, in general, it is used for lex loci contractus (the law of the place where the contract was made), which is usually the law that governs the contract.