• THIS law of nature, being co-eval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.

    Sir William Blackstone (1973). “The Sovereignty of the Law: Selections from Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England”, p.29, Springer
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