Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?

October 24, 2011 10:51 AM ~  
The event, presented by the Temple American Inn of Court in conjunction with Gray's Inn, London, pitted British barristers against American lawyers to determine whether or not the American colonists had legal grounds to declare secession.

For American lawyers, the answer is simple: "The English had used their own Declaration of Rights to depose James II and these acts were deemed completely lawful and justified," they say in their summary.

To the British, however, secession isn't the legal or proper tool by which to settle internal disputes. "What if Texas decided today it wanted to secede from the Union? Lincoln made the case against secession and he was right," they argue in their brief.

A vote at the end of the debate reaffirmed the legality of Jefferson and company's insurrection, and the American experiment survived to see another day.

via BBC News - Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?.

Apparently this author, the British Lawyers, and the American Lawyers are all ignorant of the Magna Carta and the principles of The Law - natural law. I would suggest they read some Bastiat and revisit this debate.

In short, "legal" in the sense of what laws are on the books is NOT "legal" in the sense of justice. Justice deals with natural law and the universal reality of what is right and wrong. That is not mentioned anywhere in the article and it should have been the main argument for the American Lawyers.