Doctrine of sovereign immunity


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Doctrine of sovereign immunity

Principle that a nation may not be tried in another country without its consent.

Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity

A legal principle that a nation may not be tried in another nation's courts without its own consent. This is important when a foreign corporation has a legal claim against another nation's government. It must go to that nation's courts in order to seek redress.
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The doctrine of sovereign immunity precludes the state court--and the federal court which gained limited jurisdiction upon removal--from exercising jurisdiction to compel Downie to testify contrary to EPA instructions, and also denies it the authority to review and set aside the EPA's decision and the federal regulations under which it is made.
The doctrine of sovereign immunity permits Congress to address public policy concerns and preserve its administrative ability without having to yield to private complaints.
Georgia, the Supreme Court determined that a citizen could sue a state, making the doctrine of sovereign immunity inapplicable to the several states.
The doctrine of sovereign immunity from suit provided an insurmountable barrier.
Neither of the reasons courts have used to justify their adherence to the doctrine of sovereign immunity (a public policy concept that governmental operations would be halted if citizens could sue the government or stare decisis) overrides the need to make governmental officials accountable for their actions and subject them to sanctions in a court of law if they injure citizens by their failure to exercise due care in the performance of their duties.
Accordingly, its efficacy is dependent on the continuing vitality of the doctrine of sovereign immunity.
2000) ("the abolition of the common law doctrine of sovereign immunity signaled the end of the common law doctrine of nullum tempus.
The court ruled that the agency and its officials are shielded under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which, unless waived, affords the state, its counties, and its public officials, when acting in their official capacity, an unqualified and absolute immunity from law suits.
Besides questions as to how this decision comports with retroactivity principles or the doctrine of sovereign immunity, a more practical question naturally emerges: what does Altmann mean for plaintiffs, foreign states, and the State Department?
Jordan (52) recited that the doctrine of sovereign immunity was associated with the English common-law concept that "the King can do no wrong.
Undaunted, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has submitted a bill, the Intellectual Property Protection Restoration Act of 2003, (5) to rectify the unfairness of the existing doctrine of sovereign immunity as applied to the federal intellectual property rights regime.
The court noted that the doctrine of sovereign immunity is alive and well in Virginia.
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