public law

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public law

n.
1. The aspect of law concerned with the state acting in its sovereign capacity, as in its interactions with other governments or its prosecution of individuals for crimes.
2. A law affecting the public.

public law

n
1. (Law) a law that applies to the public of a state or nation
2. (Law) the branch of law that deals with relations between a state and its individual members. Compare private law

pub′lic law′


n.
1. a law or statute that applies to all the people of a state or nation.
2. the laws dealing with individuals and the state or with relations among government agencies. Compare private law.
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Noun1.public law - a law affecting the public at largepublic law - a law affecting the public at large
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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common law concepts of res communes and jus publicum.
Histoire du droit des gens: du jus gentium imperial au jus publicum europaeum.
Jus Publicum (public law) was concerned with the relation of the individual and the state and included criminal, constitutional, ecclesiastical, and administrative laws.
La guerra entre Estados que se reconocen mutuamente como soberanos y que practican --y ejercen-- el jus belli con respecto al otro", defiende Schmitt este derecho fundamental del Estado en el jus publicum europaeum, "no puede ser un crimen, al menos no en el sentido criminal de la palabra".
The Westphalian system may have contained this problem for a couple of hundred years--Schmitt argues that the jus publicum Europaeum had broken down by the start of the twentieth century--but it hardly amounts to a permanent solution.
32) To allow for some private rights, the title to lands subject to public trust rights was split in two, the jus publicum, safeguarding the rights to the public, and the jus privatum, a lesser title granting private rights of use and possession subject to the jus publicum.