Conflict of laws, or international private law, arises from the universal acknowledgement that local law cannot or should not govern every human transaction. Less than ever before can the events of human life be confined to a simple jurisdiction. The increasing multinational complexity in matters such as those related to personal status or to commercial phenomena make the choice of applicable law a highly complex matter in case of controversy. Legal disputes often contain a foreign element and the conflict of laws is the study of how national courts deal, in practice and in theory, with such foreign elements.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.