The United Kingdom, Israel, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia are among countries that have uncodified constitutions as of October 2014, which means that laws are written in these countries, but they are not necessarily defined by an overriding document. The UK's legal system is run by Parliament. Saudi Arabia bases its laws on the Holy Qu'ran. Israel has Basic Laws, whereas New Zealand's founding document is the Treaty of Waitangi.
The United Kingdom's laws passed by Parliament are called statutes. Statutes are codified as the highest form of law in the country. Conventions are unwritten practices that develop over time and offer guidelines for governing Great Britain.
Saudi Arabia's monarchy passes from one generation to the next as direct descendants of King Abd al-Aziz Bin Abd al-Rahman al-Faysal Al Sa'ud. The country has a loose constitution that states the monarchy governs with Islamic Shari'ah law.
Israel's Basic Laws are passed by the Knesset. The legislative body of Israel did not create a founding constitution in 1948, so subsequent Knesset sessions simply passed codified, basic laws. When basic laws contradict previous legislation, the High Court of Justice issues rulings.
New Zealand's legal system includes key pieces of legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi, common law, established conventions and crucial documents. New Zealand's governor-general insists the country has a written constitution, though the laws of the land lack a basic document that defines future legal principles.Learn More
As of 2014, countries with a sovereign monarchy are the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Brunei, Bahrain, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, Bhutan, Swaziland, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Vatican City. Most of the monarchies are hereditary, which means they are passed down from one family member to another, usually father to son.Full Answer >
As of October 2014, there are no countries that are considered fascist according to generally accepted definitions of fascism. There are several countries with significant, active fascist or neo-fascist movements and with some representation in national politics. Countries with fascist elements and ideologies present in their governments include Syria, Bulgaria, Armenia, Venezuela, Bolivia, France, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Ukraine, the Netherlands and Hungary.Full Answer >
Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom are some of the countries that utilize representative democracies either wholly or in part. A representative democracy is a system of government in which representatives are elected to serve terms in office as representatives of their constituents.Full Answer >
As of 2015, the countries that are ruled by a king or a queen include the United Kingdom, which is ruled by Queen Elizabeth II. Other countries are Denmark ruled by Queen Margrethe II, Norway ruled by King Harald V and Sweden ruled by King Carl XVI Gustav.Full Answer >