sovereign immunity

The principle that the sovereign cannot be sued in its own courts or in any other court without its consent and permission; a principle which applies with full force to the several states of the Union. 49 Am J1st States § 91. The principle that the United States is immune from suit except where it consents thereto, as by a statute such as the Federal Tort Claims Act. 28 USC §§ 1491 et seq.; 20 Am J2d Cts § 152. The principle that a sovereign state is bound to respect the independence of every other sovereign state, so that the courts of one country will not sit in judgment on the acts of the government of another, done within its own territory. 20 Am J2d Cts § 152.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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