Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CHARACTERISTICS OF SOVEREIGNTY

Sovereignty is permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, inalienable, absolute and unified.

Permanence - So long as the state itself exists, sovereignty continues without interruption.
Exclusive - There can be but one supreme power in the state. Within the state, there is no other power that possesses equal or superior authority to it.
Comprehensiveness - Sovereign power extends over all persons, associations, and things within such territorial limits except those over which the state has voluntarily consented to waive the exercise of its jurisdiction.
Inalienability - An attribute of the state by virtue of which it cedes away any of its essential elements without self-destruction.
Absolutism - Sovereignty is a primary power. It does not derive its power from anything, There is no other body that determines the nature and the extent of the power as a matter of legal right.
Unity - Sovereignty cannot be divided without producing several wills of the people, which is inconsistent with the notiion of sovereignty.

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