Sovereign Immunity

Legal Definition and Related Resources of Sovereign Immunity

Meaning of Sovereign Immunity

A principal of jurisprudence whereby the state cannot be sued unless it has given its consent or has otherwise waived its immunity . This doctrine is of judicial origin founded on the ancient principal that the King can do no wrong ; it is no longer in much favor with the courts. See Lansing v county of MacLean, 359 N.E.2d 165, 45 lll.App.3d 91. The judicial power granted by the constitution to the United States will not extend to entertaining a suit brought by a citizen against his own state, without its consent. See Duhne v New Jersey, 251 U.S. 311, 40S.Ct. 154,64L.Ed. 280.

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Sovereign Immunity in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Related Legal Terms

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Sovereign Immunity Legal Definition

The doctrine that you can’t sue the government.

See also

Governmental Immunity in the American legal Encyclopedia

Sovereign immunity in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of sovereign immunity.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Meaning of Sovereign Immunity in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Sovereign Immunity published by the National Association for Court Management: The doctrine that the government, state or federal, is immune to lawsuit unless it gives its consent.

An act of comity, or courtesy, to exempt a state’s public acts and property from the court cases of another state.

An act of comity, or courtesy, to exempt a state’s public acts and property from the court cases of another state.

Sovereign immunity in Global Commerce Policy

In this regard, a definition of this issue is as follows: the principle in public international law that a sovereign government cannot be sued without its consent.[1]

Sovereign immunityin the wold Encyclopedia

For an introductory overview on international trade policy, see this entry.


Notes and References

  1. Dictionary of Trade Policy, “Sovereign immunity” entry (OAS)

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