The Governing Law or Choice of Law clause specifies that the laws of a mutually agreed upon jurisdiction will govern the interpretation and enforcement of the terms of the contract. 

Controlling the governing law is an important objective for the parties because differences in local laws may control the outcome of a dispute.

The choice of law jurisdiction need not be the same as the venue or choice of forum. The parties can even choose different jurisdictions depending on the type of dispute. In general, courts will respect the parties' selection.