- Federal law
Federal law is the body of
lawcreated by the federal governmentof a country. A federal government is formed when a group of political units, such as states or provincesjoin together in a federation, surrendering their individual sovereigntyand many powers to the central governmentwhile retaining or reserving other limited powers. As a result, two or more levels of government exist within an established geographic territory. The body of law of the common central government is the federal law.
Examples of federal governments include those of
Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Russia, the former Soviet Unionand the United States.
United States Constitutionprovides for a federal government that is superior to state governments with regard to its enumerated powers. These powers include the authority to govern international affairs, the currency, and national defense. After the American Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment applied the Constitution's Bill of Rights to state governments. Issues that arise under any legislation passed by Congress, an Executive Order of the President, or a decision of federal courts pursuant to the Constitution are governed by federal law.
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