Under federal law is in states or confederations that on the federal level set right understood. Federal law includes federal legislation (the federal laws and their implementing provisions ) as well as the case law of the highest authorities . Federal law concerns matters within the competence of the federal government (concerning the state as a whole and the representation of the state externally), the federal government itself as a legal entity (e.g. as an employer of civil servants or as a subject under international law ), as well as in general municipal law , the right to regulate the municipal level .
The opposite is the law set by the member states , whereby emphasis is placed on legal conformity. In some states, federal law automatically takes precedence over state law , as in Germany, but not in others.
For the individual states see:
- Federal law (Germany) , historically: Federal law (German Confederation)
- Federal Law (Yugoslavia)
- Federal Law (Austria)
- Federal Law (Switzerland)
- United States federal law , see Federal Law
- State law , the law at the state level