Principles of American Democracy
What Is the Supreme Law of the Land

What is the supreme law of the land?

The "supreme law of the land" is a term that typically refers to the Constitution in a given country. It establishes the framework for the organization of the government and dictates the distribution and limits of its powers.

In the United States, the Constitution is regarded as the supreme law of the land. This principle is directly stated in Article VI, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Supremacy Clause. It establishes that the U.S. Constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws, and even state constitutions.

For other countries, the "supreme law of the land" might refer to a different document, like a Basic Law, a Charter, or some other form of constitution, but the principle is the same: this law or constitution is the highest form of law in that jurisdiction, and all other laws and actions are subject to it.