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The Claims Commission which will ultimately be established to adjudicate upon claims of citizens of the United States and other countries against Mexico will have to decide some of the most interesting and practical questions of international law. Not the least important of these are the fundamental questions of the liability of the Carranza government for its own acts while a revolutionary faction (the Constitutionalists) and for those of the Huerta government it has displaced. An examination of these questions in the light of international law and precedents may not prove without interest. Assuming that the Carranza government will maintain itself as the regularly constituted government of Mexico and its responsible representative before the Commission, the first factor of consequence to be considered is that it has arisen out of a successful revolution.

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Constitution, Constitutionalists, Carranza, Huerta, revolution, de facto government