Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Harold G. Maier

First Page



This issue of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law includes two articles that are based on papers presented at the Regional Meeting by Henry Harfield and Sheldon Cohen. Both articles deal with current and timely questions in the international commercial field. As an introduction to those papers it may be useful to comment briefly on several of the more important questions that were raised during the panel discussion of the papers which closed the conference. This may be particularly helpful in view of the fact that Professor Friedmann's untimely death prevented him from completing the revision of his remarks for publication. The panel discussion centered at the outset on the growing possibilities of the world trading community splitting into several large and relatively closed trading blocs, each going its own way. This is one potentially harmful response to the present world difficulties in international finance and the growing insularity of world view on the part of some members of the international trading community, particularly the Common Market and the United States.