Maier was an universally perceived power on the application of U.s. administrative enactment to outside business movement.
“Hal was a monster in his field and on Vanderbilt’s grounds,” said Chris Guthrie, dignitary and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. “He assumed a pivotal part in building the graduate school’s heading global system.”
Procured in 1965, Maier looked to create a project to prepare understudies intrigued by a worldwide law practice, empower grant in global law studies, and speak to a more extensive base of understudies.
“Just a program that consolidated a full educational module, assorted working parts and wide based understudy exercises could perform every one of the three objectives,” Maier wrote in a 1992 article for Vanderbilt Lawyer magazine. In excess of four decades, he worked with six dignitaries to assemble and help a flourishing system while likewise serving the college as seat of the Faculty Senate, on two executive hunt boards of trustees and on the graduate school’s employees errand board.
A productive researcher, Maier’s work in the field of worldwide law, global common case and clash of laws picked up a worldwide group of onlookers.
“Much sooner than there was a basic legitimate studies development, Hal was considering how law was socially built,” said Tom Mccoy, Vanderbilt educator of law, emeritus. “He had a tendency to incline toward subjects that were creating or unsettled. The investigation of worldwide law was moderately new at the time he went into the educated community, and he additionally centered around clash of laws, which is an accumulation of unsolved issues.”
In Maier, understudies experienced the exemplification of the distracted teacher.
“Clad in a white shirt and quite limited ties which he continually appeared to be altering, Professor Maier was one of those instructors who meandered around the front of the classroom, appearing to come at the understudy he was taking part in discussion,” said previous understudy Paul Kurtz, now J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law, Emeritus, at the University of Georgia Law School.
“It was dependably a discussion, not an execution,” Kurtz said. “He asked cautious question after watchful inquiry. No shouting or shouting, however a splendid show of complete control of the subject.”
Maier served as an advisor to the secretary of the Army on the Panama Canal Treaty arrangements and as a master witness for the national government in common case coming about because of the Mariel boatlift of Cuban outcasts in 1980. In 2000, he affirmed before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the benefit of previous U.s. World War II detainees of war looking to bring legitimate activity against Japanese companies, guaranteeing they had been utilized as slave work while detainees. He additionally affirmed before a congressional advisory group in regards to crisis presidential controls on universal financial transactions.
Maier earned his undergrad and law degrees at the University of Cincinnati, serving as editorial manager in-head of the Cincinnati Law Review. He additionally earned a Ll.m. at the University of Michigan.
Maier established the understudy altered Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law in 1967 and served as its personnel guide until his retirement in 2006. He was co-writer (with Thomas Buergenthal) of Public International Law in a Nutshell and many diary articles and book sections, some in German, which he talked easily. Maier likewise helped structure the understudy International Law Society.
A family remembrance administration was held in Nashville. He is made due by children Marc and Kurt Maier; and grandchildren Sydney, Mackenzie and Zachary Maier.