What is/are Natural Law and Natural Rights?

“The law of nature is superior in obligation to any other. It is binding in all countries and at all times. No human laws are valid if opposed to this, and all which are binding derive their authority either directly or indirectly from it.” ~ Institutes of American Law by John Bouvier, 1851, Part I, Title II, No. 9

I am a natural man/woman, defined as, “Such as are formed by nature, as distinguished from artificial persons, or corporations, formed by human laws for purposes of society and government.” Wharton. ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), pg. 802

Each of us has a natural right [a “just claim”] – from the Creator – to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. ~ The Law by Frederic Bastiat

Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life. ~ Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language

“The natural law is defined by Burlamaqui to be “a rule which so necessarily agrees with the nature and state of man that, without observing its maxims, the peace and happiness of society can never be preserved.” And he says “that these are called “natural laws” because a knowledge of them may be attained merely by the light of reason, from the fact of their essential agreeableness with the constitution of human nature…” ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), page 69

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