A new issue of  Commentaries on Private International Law, (Vol 4. Issue 1), the newsletter of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Private International Law Interest Group (PILIG) has been released.

The primary purpose of the newsletter is to communicate new developments on PIL rather than provide substantive analysis, to provide specific and concise raw information that readers can then use in their daily work. These new developments on PIL may include information on new laws, rules and regulations; new judicial and arbitral decisions; new treaties and conventions; new scholarly work; new conferences; proposed new pieces of legislation; and the like.

Commentaries includes sections dealing with regional issues, edited by specialists on the field: Africa, edited by Lamine Balde & Sedat Sirmen; Asia, by Yao-Ming Hsu & Charles Mak; the Americas by Juan Pablo Gomez (Central and South America and Mexico), and Carrie Shu Shang (North America); Europe, by Patricia Snell, Charles Mak & Christos Liakis; and Oceania, by Jeanne Huang.

This issue of Commentaries covers more countries and includes recent developments in PIL in each area of the world. Each regional section consists of a particular chapter devoted to new scholarly work, which is particularly important for those areas of the world. Those are not necessarily linked to a specific region or country in the world but are truly transnational or global. 

Commentaries would not have been possible without Cristian Gimenez Corte (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina), Jeanne Huang (University of Sydney Law School), Sedat Sirmen (Ankara University Faculty of Law), Yao-Ming Hsu (National Cheng- Chi University), Patricia Snell (Covington & Burling LLP), Charles Mak (University of Glasgow), Juan Pablo Gómez- Moreno (Cartagena Refinery), Lamine Balde (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Christos Liakis (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), and is coordinated by PILIG Co-Chairs Rekha Rangachari (New York International Arbitration Center) and Carrie Shu Shang (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona). In addition, PILIG is constantly looking forward to your suggestions to improve our services to our members.