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The problem of method in the presentation of international claims to the Department of State has received inadequate analysis.' Remedial or procedural aspects of international law have been viewed largely as international arbitration, adjudication of disputes before the International Court of Justice or the determination of claims by national claims commissions. 2 This article will consider some procedural aspects of presenting international claims to the Department of State for espousal to foreign governments or for other assistance. Since much international litigation between states originates in this fashion, it is appropriate that an inquiry into procedures should begin with the first stage in the international process rather than at a later point.