COMITY. Courtesy; a disposition to accommodate.
comity of nations
2. Courts of justice in one state will, out of comity, enforce the laws
of another state, when by such enforcement they will not violate their laws
or inflict. an injury on some one of their own citizens; as, for example,
the discharge of a debtor under the insolvent laws of one state, will be
respected in another state, where there is a reciprocity in this respect.
3. It is a general rule that the municipal laws of a country do not
extend beyond its limits, and cannot be enforced in another, except on the
principle of comity. But when those laws clash and interfere with the rights
of citizens, or the laws of the countries where the parties to the contract
seek to enforce it, as one or the other must give way, those prevailing
where the relief is sought must have the preference. 2 Mart. Lo. Rep. N. S.
93; S. C. 2 Harr. Cond. Lo. Rep. 606, 609; 2 B. & C. 448, 471; 6 Binn. 353;
5 Cranch, 299; 2 Mass. 84; 6 Mass. 358; 7 Mart. Lo. R. 318. See Conflict of
Laws; Lex loci contractus.