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Public Law

A general classification of law concerned with the political and sovereign capacity of a state.

Public law is that area of constitutional, administrative, criminal, and International Law that focuses on the organization of the government, the relations between the state and its citizens, the responsibilities of government officials, and the relations between sister states. It is concerned with political matters, including the powers, rights, capacities, and duties of various levels of government and government officials.

Public law refers to an act that applies to the public at large, as opposed to a private law that concerns private individual rights, duties, and liabilities.

Public law is the citation given to the original form of federal and some state laws. For example, the citation for the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 is Pub. L. 97–34, Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 1720 (26 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.).

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public law

that area of law that deals with the state and the relations of the state with the public.
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permissible abdication of the jus publicum. (163) Because the court
gave up its right of control over the jus publicum by enacting the
Ulmen, en la "Introduccion" de Carl Schmitt, Nomos of the Earth in the International Law of the Jus Publicum Europaeum, op.
(26) Para mayores referencias sobre el particular, vease Carl Schmitt, Nomos of the Earth in the International Law of the Jus Publicum Europaeum, op.
After Magna Charta, the competing interests were accommodated by a legal theory that divided the Crown's rights to shore land below high water mark into two categories: a proprietary jus privatum, or ownership interest, and a governmental jus publicum, by which the king held the land in his sovereign capacity as a representative of all the people.
(36) See GOULD, supra note 25, [sections] 17, at 35-36 ("[T]he jus publicum ...
charged with and subject to that jus publicum which belongs to the
recognize that the jus publicum burdens all navigable waters, even those