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The Tension Between Sovereign Immunity and Popular Sovereignty


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The Tension Between Sovereign Immunity and Popular Sovereignty

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Title: The Tension Between Sovereign Immunity and Popular Sovereignty
Author: Chakeres, Aristede
Subject: Popular Sovereignty
Sovereign Immunity
U.S. Constitution
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
Common Law
Abstract: In this paper, I attempt to examine the extent to which the notion of popular sovereignty has affected America’s views on sovereign immunity. This paper does not attempt to settle the ongoing battles about whether the Constitution protects sovereign immunity, although those battles are examined in part because they have produced the most thorough critiques and defenses of sovereign immunity. I examine the debates surrounding the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Chisholm v. Georgia because those events present insights into how the framers saw the issues of sovereignty and sovereign immunity. Since one framer, James Wilson, had unusually well-developed and pointed views on the topic, his views are examined in detail. I also examine the reasoning of late-20th century state judicial opinions abolishing common law sovereign immunity.
Date: 2008
Description: 39 p. ; This student paper has been awarded the 2008 Don G. McCormick Prize.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/6839

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