This is the last of my “Lost articles.” It comes from 2009.
I’m trying go the hang of this Law of Nations thing and what it says (in later English translation) about natural born citizens.
Let me offer this hypothetical situation, suggested by a commenter here.
First, this from the Law of Nations (Book II):
§ 122. Right of carrying off women.
… A nation cannot preserve and perpetuate itself, except by propagation. A nation of men has, therefore, a right to procure women, who are absolutely necessary to its preservation; and if its neighbours, who have a redundancy of females, refuse to give some of them in marriage to those men, the latter may justly have recourse to force.
Now let us suppose that this situation did occur and a citizen of X should by force carry off a woman of a foreign country, and that he should marry her (her consent given to insure her survival). Would their offspring be natural born citizens?
Also, is this bit from the Law of Nations (Book I) philosophically relevant to your argument of international law controlling citizenship and qualifications of the president of the US?
§ 67. That the right to the succession ought not to depend on the judgment of a foreign power.
…As the nation has established the succession, to the nation alone belongs the power of acknowledging those who are capable of succeeding; and consequently, on its judgment and laws alone must depend the validity of the marriage of its sovereigns and the legitimacy of their birth,