Acts & Laws of the Templar Principality:
Constitutional Legislation as a Sovereign Subject of International Law
The Sovereign Magistral Order of the Temple of Solomon is a constitutional parliamentary non-territorial principality, as a sovereign subject of international law, possessing independent sovereignty of statehood. As the nation state representing the nationality of cultural Templarism, it has the legal capacity under established international law to exercise its own jurisdiction, and to enact and enforce its own laws under that exclusive jurisdiction.
The Acts and Laws enacted by the Templar Government comprise the body of public law, which constitutes a contract with the general public internationally. These are binding laws, with established enforcement mechanisms, which govern the legal relationship between the Order and its Subjects and Crown Officers, and any members of the public who deal with them or engage in conduct affecting them.
This collection of enacted legislation effectively exercises legitimate sovereignty as a subject of international law, possessing independent statehood under customary international law which is binding upon all countries. These Acts and Laws thereby give a substantial level of real-world benefits, legal rights and protections to officials, nationals and subjects of the Order, backed by enforceable official governmental powers and authorities.
Enacted Acts & Laws Currently in Force
Temple Rule of 1129 AD as Founding Charter
This is the original Temple Rule of 1129 AD from Saint Bernard, as the founding Charter of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, the historical institution of the Knights Templar. This is the authenticated legacy edition, from the medieval Latin and Old French manuscripts published by Henri de Curzon in 1886 AD, translated into English by Prince Matthew of Thebes in 2016, and expanded in 2018, with commentary explaining how the Rules are interpreted and applied by the restored Templar Order in the modern era.
Constitution of 2015 for Templar Government
This is the sovereign Constitution of the Templar Order as a sovereign subject of international law, consolidated from 2008-2013 from legal protocols of its ancient and medieval origins as a historical institution, enacted in 2015, as amended in March 2016. The Constitution defines the system of governance of the Order over its governmental, chivalric, secular and ecclesiastical affairs. It also establishes the administration of Justice under its sovereign jurisdiction, and sets forth a constitutional Bill of Rights.
Sovereign Defense & Crown Office Act of 2009
This law, by the short title “Crown Office Act” (as amended January 2015), establishes the official functions of Crown Officers of the Order, determines the status of its diplomatic and consular officials, and provides the juridical basis for legitimacy of diplomatic credentials and other official documents issued to Crown Officers. It also provides a parliamentary program for diplomatic service as a form of amnesty and asylum for persecuted political dissidents.
Sovereign Protection & Rule of Law Act of 2010
This law, by the short title “Rule of Law Act” (as amended January 2015), is a basic Criminal Code, which is primarily a restatement of existing traditional jurisprudence and international law. It defines criminal offenses against the rights and interests of Subjects of the Order as violations of international law, defending sovereignty and human rights against systemic abuses by dominant countries. It also effectively applies the sovereign authorities of the Order as a nation state to impose real and enforceable criminal punishments against offenders, both private and governmental.
Sovereign Privacy & State Secrets Act of 2011
This law, by the short title “State Secrets Act” (as amended January 2015), exercises sovereign authority over certain information and materials which are otherwise protected by pre-existing conventional and international laws which establish legal privilege of privacy rights, confidentiality rights or intellectual property rights. It classifies such information or materials already protected by conventional law as State Secrets, asserting additional sovereign rights in the same matter, providing for stronger enforcement of otherwise pre-established legal rights.
Act of Dispensation of Judiciary Administration of 2014
This parliamentary Act, by the short title “Judiciary Dispensation Act”, delegates sovereign jurisdictional judiciary authority to an appointed independent Court of Justice of an Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO), for the administration of justice under the laws of the Order as a nation state.
Ministry of Security Authorization Act of 2014
This parliamentary Act, by the short title “Ministry of Security Act”, is the authorizing legislation for the Ministry of Security, establishing its ranks of officers based upon military spheres of expertise. While the Act prohibits forming any standing army, it defines various other official governmental functions of cooperation with foreign military agencies which justify and warrant a military Ministry with ranking officers. The Act also authorizes a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of lawyers supporting national sovereignty, human rights and international law for geopolitical international security.