Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Harold G. Maier

First Page



I think it is safe to say that no other body of law has changed as much during the Twentieth Century as has the law applicable to international matters. When the late Judge Phillip C. Jessup coined the term "transnational law,"' he did so with the recognition that human affairs could not properly be confined by the artificial territorial boundaries of nation-states. When the Vanderbilt International, the original incarnation of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, sought a new name to mark its transition from duplicated to printed format, it selected Jessup's characterization to emphasize global interdependence, rather than the political competition suggested by the older, and more familiar, term... Taken together, these articles are important vignettes from selected legal areas, emphasizing the continuing importance of thinking of the world in a transnational, rather than an international, context. In fact, the interests of all of us can be served by nothing less.