Zertsalo

Zertsalo

 

(1) The title of edifying and educational literary works, popular in ancient times both in Russia and in the West—for example, Velikoe zertsalo (The Great Mirror) and lunosti chestnoe zertsalo (The Honest Mirror of Youth).

(2) The emblem of “law and order” in tsarist Russia that had to stand on the desk in courts and other institutions. The zertsalo, introduced by Peter I, was a trihedral prism crowned with a two-headed eagle; on its three sides were printed three Petrine decrees—the Apr. 17, 1722, decree on the observance of civil rights, the Jan. 21, 1724, decree on honest service in court, and the Jan. 22, 1724, decree on the importance of government regulations.

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of International Law (LN.Shestakov ed, Zertsalo 2009) 339).
The General Part (VA Tomsinoved, Zertsalo 2003) 578).
The closest East Slavic antecedent to the works under consideration was Velikoe zertsalo (The Great Mirror), an abbreviated Slavonic translation of Magnum speculum exemplorum that Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich had commissioned and that gained some circulation in the latter 17th century.
Derzhavina, "Velikoe zertsalo"i ego sud'ba na russkoipochve (Moscow: Nauka, 1965), esp.
M.: Zertsalo, 2009 (GI Tunkin, The Theory of International
International Law (L Shestakov ed, Zertsalo 2009)).
Russian legal publishing houses (especially IurinfoR, Statut, and Zertsalo) have, with the support of the Russian Federation and the major legal commercial computer data bases, Garant and Konsul'tantplus, produced impressive series of reprints (not, as a rule, facsimile) in modern orthography and with substantial introductions (many translated in Sudebnik).