act of state doctrine

Definition of "act of state doctrine"
  1. A principle established in courts that prevents U.S. courts from assessing the legality of a foreign country's official actions within its territory
How to use "act of state doctrine" in a sentence
  1. The act of state doctrine was invoked, preventing U.S. courts from considering the legality of the foreign government's action.
  2. Under the act of state doctrine, the court refused to evaluate the legitimacy of the official action taken in the foreign country.
  3. Because of the act of state doctrine, any legal determinations about a foreign country's actions within its boundaries are beyond the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.

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