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Limits to Jurisdiction

Learn the limits of state power to prescribe, enforce, and adjudicate laws.


This lesson focuses on the ways in which jurisdiction and the assertion of authority are limited in international law and the United States in particular. We’ll consider the circumstances under which a government entitled to assert jurisdiction might refrain from doing so.

I.               Reasons for Limiting Jurisdiction

As discussed in the two lessons on jurisdiction, states have the authority to create, enforce, and...