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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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In a sovereign state, subjects are called to rely on scientific discoveries for solving the problems and uncertainties that are inherent to nature.
It's disturbing to realize that although my country didn't hesitate to occupy a sovereign state like Iraq for a crime it didn't commit, it still recognizes the sovereignty of a piece of land in the middle of Rome led by a man who has repeatedly denied assistance to abused children," Roehr said.
Good intentions notwithstanding, any "Responsibility to Protect" can falter precisely because - as a close reading of the relevant UN documents reveals - it is ultimately and wholly subject to the supreme authority of the individual sovereign state over its own affairs.
The April 2000 "A Draft Discussion Document towards a White Paper on Traditional Leadership and Institutions," had at its center an imagining of the pre-colonial political past as comprised of clearly delineated "absolute monarchies," in other words sovereign states that lost their independence in the colonial period.
special envoy to the six-way talks, explained in the meeting that Washington recognizes the North as a sovereign state and that the United States has no intention of attacking the country.
In Spruyt's conception of the sovereign state, a broad and dramatic change in society will encourage realignment among political and social actors, ultimately producing state institutions that meet the needs of their constituencies.
The defence of the sovereign state shall be undertaken by the armed forces, police, customs and coastguards who shall be directed by and answerable to the government of the state and no other.
The Saudi government, who deny the allegations, said the sole issue was whether the English court could claim jurisdiction over a foreign sovereign state.
Until the Kosovo precedent of "humanitarian international military intervention" within a sovereign state to protect the basic human rights of minorities (but not to overthrow its government), specialists in international law knew only two exceptions to this comprehensive prohibition of state-sponsored violence: The first exception is every state's natural right to self-defense (Article 51 of the charter).
I am speaking of the calling into question by democracy itself, or as the result of democracy pushed to its extreme limits, of the very conditions of the possibility of democracy: on the one hand the sovereign state, and on the other a distinctively constituted people, better known as the nation.
The Treaty of London was the first unequivocal recognition of Scotland as a sovereign state by the English Crown and the English Parliament since the fourteenth century
This 'best' risk will normally, although not always, be assigned to all financial commitments issued or guaranteed by the sovereign state.