Fabelaalfaro, Isidro (1882–1964)

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Fabelaalfaro, Isidro (1882–1964)

Isidro Fabela Alfaro (b. 29 June 1882; d. 12 August 1964), Mexican public figure and international jurist who contributed numerous works on international politics and law and taught international law for many years at the National University. With expertise in international arbitration from his long career in foreign relations, he was appointed a judge of the International Court of Justice, the Hague (1946–1952).

Fabela was born in Atlacomulco, in the state of México, which subsequently produced many leading political figures. He was the son of Francisco Trinidad Fabela and Guadalupe Alfaro. In 1909, Fabela was one of the founders of the Ateneo de la Juventud, which included José Vasconcelos and Antonio Caso y Andrade. He began his public career in Chihuahua in 1911 and became a federal deputy under Francisco Madero in 1912–1913. Under Venustiano Carranza he served as secretary of foreign relations (1914–1915), after which he held a variety of diplomatic posts, eventually representing Mexico in 1937–1940 at the International Office of Labor. He governed his home state of Mexico from 1942 to 1945.

See alsoJudicial System: Spanish America; Madero, Francisco Indalecio.


Fedro Guillén, Isidro Fabela (1970?).

Baldomero Segura García, Antología del pensamiento universal de Isidro Fabela (1959).

Michael C. Meyer, "A Venture in Documentary Publication: Isidro Fabela's Documentos Históricos de la Revolución Mexicana," in Hispanic American Historical Review 52 (1972): 123-129.

Additional Bibliography

Guillén, Fedro. Fabela y su tiempo: España, Cárdenas, Roosevelt. Mexico City, 1976.

Ordóñez, Andrés. Devoradores de ciudades: Cuatro intelectuales en la diplomacia mexicana. Mexico City: Cal y Arena, 2002.

Zea Prado, Irene. "Isidro Fabela y su causa: América Latina." Cuadernos Americanos 48, Nueva época (November-December 1994): 173-180.

                                      Roderic Ai Camp