DOCKET NO.: None
ARGUED: Feb 06, 1796 / Feb 08, 1796 / Feb 09, 1796 / Feb 10, 1796 / Feb 11, 1796 / Feb 12, 1796
DECIDED: Mar 07, 1796
Facts of the case
This case involved the Treaty of Paris, which established peace in 1783. A Virginian owed a debt to a British subject. A Virginia law provided for the confiscation of such debts on the ground the the debt was owed to an alien enemy. The British subject (actually, his administrator) sued in a federal court to recover on the bond. The administrator argued that the Treaty of Paris ensured the collection of such debts.
Does the Treaty of Paris override an otherwise valid state law?