The Sovereign Acts Doctrine: Historical Development and Relevance to Recent Wartime Contracting

Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report

May 2019

This article discusses the development of the Sovereign Acts Doctrine from its inception during the Civil War, through its most seminal Supreme Court decisions, to the recent cases involving wartime contracts. It concludes with a discussion of practical lessons for contractors confronted with the dual nature of the United States as a contracting partner.

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