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American Law Institute (ALI)

In its own words "The American Law Institute is a private, independent, nonprofit organization that publishes Restatements of the Law, Principles of the Law, and Model Codes to further its mission to clarify, modernize, or otherwise improve the law to promote the better administration of justice." accessed 26 April 2023.

Restatements of the Law were intended to restate the common law in a clear and systematic way. It was hoped that they would eventually be accorded almost the same degree of authority as the decisions of the courts.They have been more influential than most treatises, and have been described (Cohen and Olson) as an unofficial common law emulation of the codes of the civil law system.

Principles of the Law  are attempts to "express the law as it should be."

The ALI also publishes uniform laws and model acts, which are proposed laws recommended for adoption by the individual states as part of their own law.  These include the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and the Model Penal Code . Most uniform laws and model acts are also included in Uniform Laws Annotated.

The Law Bod's print collection of Restatements (including some working papers & drafts) are at USA 045 on level 3

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