Droit D’aubaine Law and Legal Definition

Droit D’aubaine was a rule by which, all the property of a deceased foreigner, whether movable or immovable, was confiscated to the use of the state, to the exclusion of his heirs, whether claiming ab intestato, or under a will of the deceased. The word aubain signifies hospes loci, peregrinus advena, a stranger. Droit means a legal right or claim. This rule subsisted in France till 1791 and it was abolished by law in 1819.