The Uniform Law Commission and Cooperative Federalism: Implementing Private International Law Conventions Through Uniform State Laws
Elon Law Review, Vol. 2, pp. 39-55, 2011
18 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2016
Date Written: 2011
The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, unincorporated association comprised of commissions formed in each state of the United States and also the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is "to promote uniformity in the law among the several States on subjects as to which uniformity is desirable and practicable." In the 117 years of its existence, the ULC has produced hundreds of uniform laws and forwarded them to the legislatures of its member jurisdictions for enactment, often with striking and sometimes with universal success. Its premier product, produced in partnership with the American Law Institute (ALI), is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), but the laws it promulgates extend far beyond the area of commercial law. Among the many other areas in which the ULC is active, and of particular importance to the subject of this article, is family law. The ULC chooses its projects carefully, emphasizing acts that facilitate the interstate flow of commerce, acts that avoid conflicts when the laws of more than one state might apply to a particular situation, and acts that fill emergent needs, modernize antiquated concepts, or codify the common law.
JEL Classification: K19, K33
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