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Star Wars, the story of a rebellion, should wrap-up with a constitutional convention. Any just rebellion must end with the beginning of just laws. After the American Revolution ended, our Constitution began. In outer space, it’s the same: a constitution must govern.*
Star Wars is no stranger to the law. As listed in Wookieepedia, The Star Wars Wiki, several laws govern the Star Wars Universe (e.g., books, film, games), including:
In fact, a constitution was mentioned in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, though the scene was eventually deleted:
Emperor Palpatine: There are times when we must all endure adjustment to the Constitution in the name of security.
Anakin Skywalker: With all due respect sir, the Council is no mood for more constitutional amendments.
So there’s a constitution in Star Wars, but it predates the Rebellion. And we can assume that the Empire, being evil, no longer upholds the people’s constitutional rights. Thus, if the Rebels win, a new constitution will have to be written.
But what rights would a Star Wars constitution protect? What freedoms would it uphold? We want to know:
A few suggestions (with the Star Wars history that necessitates them):
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*The reverse is true too: Star Wars (in a way) can govern Constitutional Law. Read Cass R. Sunstein’s How Star Wars Illuminates Constitutional Law
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Don't watch Star Wars, don't know much about it, not sure how to respond to this post.
I would not protect against jedi mind tricks, but rather protect the ability to use the jedi mind trick. I would make the argument that a jedi mind trick is a form of free speech that should be protected, not prohibited. Prohibiting a Jedi mind trick would be like prohibiting really persuasive people from talking/arguing!
There are rules in space? The universe is expanding, where is it's jurisdiction?
Any attempt to apply my legal mind to my love of fiction will inevitably damage one, if not both.
The right to wear your hair twirled around like Cinnabons.
this is very cool - keep up the fun topic posts!
The right to ban Jar Jar Binks from all future movies.
Right to a jury of one's peers. Lest we all be thrown into the Rancor Pit.
Haha. Some people have way to much time of their hands!
The right to bear light sabers.
^ and therefore light saber control laws, because the last thing we need are immensely powerful weapons in the hands of someone like Darth Vader...
Lest any of you think Star Wars is not relevant to the legal community, you should all know that I was once asked in an interview "Who shot first?" and to this day I have no idea what they were talking about because I've never seen any of the movies. When I had no response, the interviewer simply told me I needed to watch the movies.
I will fail horribly at coming up with something. I'lll just chuckle at everyone else's good comments!
Stricter controls on the institution of martial law? Environmental (or galactic) protection laws that prohibit building DeathStars?