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 Ordinarily, the courts of a country not the situs of an immovable are without jurisdiction to adjudicate questions pertaining to the ownership of that property (Knox v. Jones, 47 N.Y. 389; Matter of Osborn, 151 Misc. 52, 270 N.Y.S. 616; Deschamps v. Miller [1908] 1 Ch. 856; British South Africa Co. v. Companhia de Mocambique [1893] A. C. 602). Actions concerning realty are properly litigable only before the courts of the situs.  


'It is a principle firmly established that to the law of the State in which the land is situated we must look for the rules which govern its descent, alienation and transfer, and for the effect and construction of wills and other conveyances. United States v. Crosby, 7 Cranch, 115; Clark v. Graham, 6 Wheat. 577; McGoon v. Scales, 9 Wall. 23; Brine v. Insurance Co., 96 U.S. 627.'


The general rule as stated in Story on Conflict of Laws, Eighth Ed., page 651, is, 'the doctrine is clearly established at the common law, that the law of the place where the property [speaking of real (immovable) property] is locally situate is to govern as to the capacity or ...

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