It was decided to limit the collection strictly to international decisions, i.e. Awards between a private individual or body and a State have been omitted.
It was subsequently decided to also include in the collection of international decisions those rendered between States and international organizations.
The beginner will want to take in as much as possible at a first reading, and then return to this guide again after some experience with manuscripts.
The Suggested Conventions, in particular, should prove abidingly useful. In addition to these ancient methods, early modern scribes used a host of special marks to make writing more efficient, and as tools facilitating right-justification of text.
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CONTRACTION AND ABBREVIATION The two standard methods of abbreviation are contraction, the omission of medial letters (e.g. The most important of these common practices are discussed below. There are many others, which to some degree may depend on the idiosyncrasies of the scribe; make sure that, wherever possible, your expansions are consistent with the scribe's own orthographical habits (such as expanding yo as 'yowr' when the scribe prefers vocalic w to u).
can't for 'cannot' or Dr for 'Doctor'); and suspension, the omission of terminal letters (e.g. brevigraphs, such as '&' (or other characters meaning the same) for and or Latin et (as in '&c.' for etc.).
International arbitral and judicial awards are of considerable importance, for they are a "subsidiary means for the determination of the rules of law" as provided in Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice.
They are also important from the point of view of the progressive development of international law, a task which Article 13 of the Charter places under the responsibility of the General Assembly of the United Nations.