Rabel, Ernst, The Conflict of Laws, A Comparative Study, Volume 2, 2nd ed., Ann Arbor 1960

Moreover, we might hold this principle to be objectless to the extent that the various rules of interpretation are superseded by the proposition recognized in national laws as well as in the international practice as a "general principle," that we must always look for the real and harmonious Intention of the parties when they bound themselves.57

57Permanent Court of Arbitration, decision between the Netherlands and Portugal in the Island of Timor case, The Hague (June 25, 1914), in The Hague Court Reports (ed. J. B. Scott 1916) 354, 365, 382

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