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Constitutional Rights

  • Carl Wellman
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Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 115)

Abstract

Constitutional rights are rights defined and conferred by constitutional law. A legal right is a complex of Hohfeldian elements: legal liberties, claims, powers and immunities. A real right, if respected, gives dominion, freedom and control, over some core legal position upon the right-holder in any confrontation with one or more second parties. The most fundamental constitutional rights are the power-rights of the governing public officials and institutions, but they have constitutional liberty-rights, claim-rights and immunity-rights as well. Other constitutional rights are those of private individuals and associations of private individuals.

Keywords

Legal System United States Constitution Legal Position Legal Power Corporate Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Wellman
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentWashington University in Saint LouisSaint LouisUSA

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