Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law


Hal Burman

First Page



The modern field of transnational commercial law harmonization began in the United States in the mid-1960s; the international basis of that began in the mid-1940s. Before that, a limited number of areas of private international law (PIL) had active participation of US interests, such as maritime law. US participation internationally effectively began in the middle 1960s. Developments parallel to commercial law have been significant in the areas of applicable law, jurisdiction, commercial arbitration, family law, and other fields – all important areas of transnational law, but beyond the scope of this symposium. Each of these areas of law, while affecting the overall field of international private law, has had dynamics particular to it.