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Under territorial sovereignty means the legally ordered rule of a state of all in his territory located property and persons (so-called "positive" function). In addition to its own citizens, it also extends to foreigners in the national territory. Necessarily, the “negative” function arises directly from this, according to which other states are prohibited from exercising sovereign power on foreign national territory .

Territorial sovereignty as the actual perception of state authority by a regional body , which does not have to be congruent with territorial sovereignty , results when state authority is related to the state territory.

It can be limited by:

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Maier, Staats- und Verfassungsrecht , p. 27.
  2. ^ Bischoff, Haug-Adrion, Dehner, Staatsrecht und Steuerrecht , p. 17.


  • Walter Maier: State and Constitutional Law. Green series, Erich Fleischer Verlag, Achim, ISBN 3-8168-1014-4 .
  • Bischoff, Haug-Adrion, Dehner: Constitutional law and tax law. Orange series, Schaeffer Poeschel Verlag, Stuttgart, ISBN 3-7910-1786-1 .