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I ran into a fascinating couple of pages on Burlamaqui in a recent law review article.
2. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui (1694–1748) was Professor of Natural Law at the Academy of Geneva.278 His treatise The Principles of Natural and Politic Law was translated into six languages (besides the original French) in sixty editions.279 His vision of constitutionalism had a major influence on the American Founders; for example, Burlamaqui’s understanding of checks and balances was much more sophisticated and practical than that of Montesquieu, in part because Burlamaqui’s theory contained the seed of judicial review. He was frequently quoted or paraphrased, sometimes with attribution and sometimes not, in political sermons during the pre-revolutionary era.280He was the first philosopher to articulate the quest for happiness as a natural human right, a principle that Thomas Jefferson later restated in the Declaration of Independence.281 (emphasis added) 
There is much more, but that is all I'll quote here. Much rich material to be mined and strengthen this article, which would tie it to Constitutional Theory and Human Rights Theory. I don't have time to work on this at present, but the source and wikified citation above will help whomever does eventually update the article. N2e (talk) 18:30, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
I finally added the bulk of this short summary quotation to the article page, with citation of course. There is much more on Bularmqui which may be mined from the Kopel et al law review article, about four pages of which is a very tight, wonderfully well-referenced summary of Burlamaqui and his impact on later developments in political theory and geopolitical developments, particulary with respect to constitutional theory, separation of powers, and powers to be retained by the citizenry in democraticpolities. Importantly, the entire paper is now available online; I included a link in the citation. N2e (talk) 18:29, 27 February 2010 (UTC)
I agree on the importance of Burlamaqui for the Declaration of Independence. Kopel's article follows arguments from Ray Forrest Harvey's 1937 Jean Jacques Burlamaqui: A Liberal Tradition in American Constitutionalism, which discusses Burlamaqui's popularity in colonial America. I think that this should be incorporated into the article, along with Burlamaqui's recent editor's association of Burlamaqui's thought with that of Leibniz. --Other Choices (talk) 12:36, 15 May 2010 (UTC)