THE

LAW OF NATIONS

OR

PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF NATURE APPLIED TO THE CONDUCT AND AFFAIRS OF
NATIONS AND SOVEREIGNS

FROM THE FRENCH OF
MONSIEUR DE VATTEL.

"Nihil est enim illi principi Deo qui omnem hunc mundum regit, quod quidem in terris fiat, acceptium, quam concilia coestusque hominum jure sociati, quæ civitates appellantur." Cicero, Som Scip. [1]

FROM THE NEW EDITION, BY

JOSEPH CHITTY, Esq. Barrister At Law

WITH ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REFERENCES,
By EDWARD D. INGRAHAM, Esq.

PHILADELPHIA:
T. & J.W. JOHNSON & CO., LAW BOOKSELLERS,
No. 535 CHESTNUT STREET.
1883.

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Section Title

Prefaces to the several editions

 

Detailed Table of Contents

 

Preliminaries

 

Book I

OF NATIONS CONSIDERED IN THEMSELVES

Book II

OF A NATION CONSIDERED IN HER RELATION TO OTHER STATES

Book III

OF WAR

Book IV

OF THE RESTORATION OF PEACE: AND OF EMBASSIES

Index

 

Commentaries by Chitty and others

 

[1] Should be: Nihil est enim illi principi deo, qui omnem mundum regit, quod quidem in terris fiat, acceptius quam concilia coetusque hominum iure sociati, quae civitates appellantur.


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Why is this document VERY important, you might ask?  For the following reasons:

  1. The Founding fathers relied upon this document in drafting the U.S. Constitution.
  2. The U.S. Supreme Court has frequently referred to this text as an authority on how nations and states should relate to each other in its rulings.
  3. An entire memorandum of law usable in court has been written proving your civil status as a STATUTORY "non-resident non-person" in relation to the national government. It documents your LEGISLATIVELY but not CONSTITUTIONALLY "foreign" status relative to the national government as a state citizen or "state national". All of the implications of that LEGISLATIVELY "foreign" status is further described in this Law of Nations book.
    Non-Resident Non-Person Position, Form #05.020
    FORMS PAGE: http://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm
    DIRECT LINK: http://sedm.org/Forms/05-MemLaw/NonresidentNonPersonPosition.pdf
  4. We mention in section 5.2.15 of our Great IRS Hoax book and elsewhere in Chapter 5 that the states of the Union are considered "foreign countries" and "foreign states" with respect to the federal government and are also considered foreign sovereigns with respect to each other according to the courts.  Because this is true, we must understand how these sovereignties are required to behave and how they must relate to each other according to the principles of Natural Law.

The U.S. Government publishes two contemporary manuals of its own that cover most of the subjects in this book.  These manuals are:

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