Jean Jacques Burlamaqui

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Burlamaqui, Jean Jacques

(zhäN zhäk bo͝orlämäkē`), 1694–1748, Swiss jurist. His chief works are Principes du droit naturel [principles of natural law] (1747) and Principes du droit politique [principles of political law] (1751). He attempted to demonstrate the reality of natural law by tracing its origin in God's rule and in human reason and moral instinct. He believed that both international and domestic law were based on natural law.
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Hamilton absorbed all the intellectual nourishment he found in the works of Blackstone, de Vattel, Jean Jacques Burlamaqui (whom he found to be less thorough than Vattel), and others.