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Fundamental Law

The constitution of a state or nation; the basic law and principles contained in federal and state constitutions that direct and regulate the manner in which government is exercised.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

fundamental law

some provision upon which the rest or a part of the legal system is based and which accordingly either cannot be changed or can be changed only by following special provisions. An example is the Constitution of the USA.
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At the same time, Article 92 of the fundamental law ascribes the principles of local self-government to the competences of Ukrainian laws.
But what is the law that the Court has said is the fundamental law of the land?
After briefly reviewing the significance of the human capital stock, this paper will offer three claims related to Piketty's book: First, that contrary to Piketty's view, the alienability of capital is not a requirement for the consideration of a species of capital in an analysis of capital or the fundamental laws of capitalism.
Since the constitution is the fundamental law of the land, any law which conflicts with it shall be void.
Indeed, it would be absurd for one chamber of a bicameral legislature to be able to change the fundamental law of the land without the participation and assent of the other chamber,'' he said.
A K Brohi in his book The Fundamental Law of Pakistan discussed at length what a theocracy is.
(12) In contrast, Navajo Nation judges and justices frequently invoke Dine Fundamental Law and apply it in their decisions.
Their controversial nature was the element that determined the provisions of the Fundamental Law to invest only the Constitutional Court with the settlement of these conflicts, thing that increased the interest of the scholars in this area encouraging them to proceed forward and to seek for answers in the constitutional jurisprudence, studying in detail every decision of the Court which came into notice.
Participants will discuss a paper on the fundamental law of the court and get an update on the experience of the tribunals taking part in the event.
Germany's Constitutional Court ruled, on 18 March, that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is in line with the country's fundamental law. The highest court confirmed a previous ruling from September 2012, in which the judges saw no obstacle for Germany to be part of the 500 billion rescue fund.
Another complication is that this fundamental law has to keep up with changes in how people communicate and conduct business.

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