Meaning of act of state in English:

act of state

Pronunciation /akt əv ˈsteɪt/


  • An act passed by the executive power of a state, typically one relating to foreign affairs or foreign citizens.

    ‘All acts of state are done in the name of the Crown.’
    • ‘Another controversy surrounds three little words: "acts of state."’
    • ‘The exhibition in the Royal Museum for Central Africa, so to speak an act of state, is an explosive undertaking.’
    • ‘The March 2002 district court ruling threw out the plaintiffs' claim, saying the current government is not responsible for acts of state under the former Constitution.’
    • ‘Do you agree with the court's resolution of the defense of act of state?’
    • ‘It was the contention of the US commercial interests involved in the litigation that the doctrine did not apply to acts of state violating international law.’
    • ‘You can also draw an analogy with the state magically transforming fecklessness of voters and politicians into acts of state which are to be rationalized.’
    • ‘93.1 First, I do not think that the doctrine of act of state, or some related doctrine, operates to support this submission.’
    • ‘He is "the 24th head of state to face criminal trial for acts of state since Charles I was executed in 1649."’
    • ‘How should the court rule on the defences of act of state and sovereign immunity?’
    • ‘Moreover, the defence insisted that there was no basis in international law for holding individuals responsible for acts of state, as the Tokyo trial proposed to do.’
    • ‘Bypassing the complexities in the act-of-state doctrine and its exceptions, this Comment sketches some of its characteristics that are relevant to litigation under 1350.’
    • ‘And if the acts of citizens of a state are acts of state, as may well be the case, what possible justification could it provide?’
    • ‘The requisition was an authoritative act of state from which it could not shrink, could not remove the wagons, nor the locomotive, the driver and his mechanic.’
    • ‘The act of state doctrine has no place within intra-European Community relationships, where the Member States may themselves be liable if they encourage, or tacitly support, breaches of the law.’
    • ‘The 'act of state doctrine', the doctrine of 'foreign governmental compulsion', and the principle of comity all serve to limit the extraterritorial application of the law.’