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Webb's debate speech claims that nations consent to be bound by treaties; if they later act contrary to the treaty without renouncing it, they commit an unlawful action.
Are Treaties which are made contrary to the Law of Nations binding?–
To persons conversant in this part of Jurisprudence the question I
think can admit of but little doubt.– It seems to divide itself into two
st are such Treaties binding on the contracting
parties, and 2 d Are other Nations bound to respect
them?– Without entering at present into any inquiries concerning the Law
of Nations we shall take it for granted that there are certain rules by which
Nations are to regulate their conduct.– Our reason for taking this for
granted is because it is a point essential to our question, for if there are no
Laws nothing can be unlawful and our query becomes useless.– Now if there
is a Law of Nations no person will doubt, but what it is binding upon all those
who have consented to it.– But suppose that after they have consented to
it they act contrary to it without renouncing it; what is the
consequence?– The consequence is, they have committed an unlawful action,
and that action or what results from it is not binding
m Houston t 2 nd 1797." Under
m E. Webb nd Class/Corrected by/
1. During this period, the