The authors believe that the Guide will serve multiple purposes:
- First, the Guide provides persons intending to submit legal materials to a
foreign jurisdiction or international forum the ability to cite such
materials according to the jurisdiction’s or forum’s own standards.
- Second, and perhaps more usefully, the Guide will allow persons
unfamiliar with foreign and international citation standards (but wanting to
study or apply foreign or international legal material or using such standards
in their own work) the ability to understand and interpret the import of such
standards in that jurisdiction’s or forum’s own terms.
- Third, on a more prudential level, with this information, scholars, judges,
and practicing lawyers faced with such standards will be able to more easily
identify and locate the source from the source jurisdiction according to its
own, more familiar citation norms.
- Finally, in achieving these goals, the Guide aims to respect the idiosyncrasies among academic citation traditions among different jurisdictions.