What is Personal Law?

Legal Definition
as opposed to territorial law, is the law applicable to persons not subject to the law of the territory in which thejr reside. It is only by permission of the territorial law that personal law can exist at the present day; e. g., it applies to British subjects resident in the Levant and in other Mohammedan and barbarous countries. Under the Roman Empire, it had a very wide application. Brown. As to the different kinds of law, or law regarded in its different aspects, see Adjective Law; Administrative Law; Bankruptcy Law; Canon Law; Case Law; Civil Law; Commercial Law; Common Law; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Forest Law; International Law; Maritime Law; Martial Law; Mercantile Law; Military Law; Moral Law; Municipal Law; Natural Law; Organic Law; Parliamentary Law; Penal Law; Positive Law; Private Law, Public Law; Retrospective Law; Revenue Law; Roman Law; Substantive Law; Written Law. Law always construeth things to the best. Wing. Max. p. 720, max. 193Law constrneth every act to he lawful, when it standeth indifferent whether it should he lawful or not. WingMax. p. 722, max. 194; Finch, Law, hi 1, c. 3, n. 76. Law construeth things according to common possibility or intendment. Wing. Max. p. 705, max. 189. Law [the law] construeth things with equity and moderation. Wing. Max. p. 685, max. 183; Finch, Law, hi 1, c. 3, n. 74. Law disfavoreth impossibilities. Wing. Max. p. 606, max. 155. Law disfavoreth improbabilities. Wing. Max. p. 620, max. 161. Law [the law] favoreth charity. Wing. Max. p. 497, max. 135. Law favoreth common right. Wing. Max. p. 547, max. 144. Law favoreth diligence, and therefore hateth folly and negligence. Wing. Max. p. 665, max. 172; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 70. Law favoreth honor and order. Wing. Max. p. 739, max. 199. Law favoreth justice and right. Wing. Max. p. 502, max. 141. Law favoreth life, liberty, and dower. 4 Bacon's Works, 345. Law favoreth mutual recompense. Wing. Max. p. 411, max. 108; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 8, no. 42. Law [the law] favoreth possession, where the right is equal. Wing. Max. p. 375, max. 98; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 36. Law favoreth public commerce. Wing. Max. p. 738, max. 198. Law favoreth public quiet. Wing. Max. p. 742, max. 200; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 54. Law favoreth speeding of men's causes. Wing. Max. p. 673, max. 175. Law [the law] favoreth things for the commonwealth, [common weal.] Wing. Max. p. 729, max. 197; Finch, Law, b. 1, a 3, no. 53. Law favoreth trnth, faith, and certainty. Wing. Max. p. 604, max. 154. Law hateth delays. Wing. Max. p. 074, max. 176; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 71. Law hateth new inventions and innovations. Wing. Max. p. 756, max. 204. Law hateth wrong. Wing. Max. p. 563, max. 146; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 62. Law of itself prejudiceth no man. Wing. Max. p. 575, max. 148; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 63. Law respecteth matter of substance more than matter of circumstance. Wing. Max. p. 382, max. 101; Finch, Law, hi 1, c. 3, no. 39. Law respecteth possibility of things. Wing. Max. p. 403, max. 104; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 40. Law [the law] respecteth the bonds of nature. Wing. Max. p. 268, max. 78; Finch, Law, b. 1, c. 3, no. 29.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
The portion of law which constitutes all matters related to any individual, or their families.
Legal Definition
The law which follows the person as distinguished from the law of the place where he may be.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary