Faculty Profiles - Emeriti

Peter  Hay

Peter Hay

L. Q. C. Lamar Professor of Law Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

Conflict of Laws, European Community Law, Comparative Law, Contracts and Sales, Jurisprudence

Curriculum Vitae

Peter Hay is one of the most distinguished comparative law scholars in the country. He was Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law and dean at the University of Illinois before coming to Emory in 1991.

Since 1975, Professor Hay has been an honorary professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In 1989, Professor Hay received the research prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He was elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, a member of the American Law Institute in 1984, and a member of the American Academy of Foreign Law in 1986. The University of Pecs (Hungary) awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2012.

Professor Hay's research has focused on the fields of conflict of laws, European community law, comparative law, contracts and sales, and jurisprudence. From 1994 to 2000 he held, concurrently with his Emory appointment, the chair for Civil Law, Foreign and International Private Law, and Comparative Law at the University of Dresden, Germany, where he served as dean of its law faculty from 1997 to 2000.

Education: JD, BA, University of Michigan, 1958

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Law of the United States – An Overview, 4th edition 2016, Verlag C.H. Beck, Munich, Germany, and Manz, Vienna, Austria.

Selected Essays on Comparative and Conflicts Law (Rasmussen-Bonne & Khachidze, eds.), 2015, Verlag C.H. Beck, Munich, Germany.

Conflict of Laws, 7th edition 2014 (Black Letter Series), West Publishing Co.

Conflict of Laws – Cases and Materials (with Weintraub & Borchers), 14th edition 2013, Foundation Press.

Treatise on Conflict of Laws (with Borchers and Symeonides), 5th edition 2010, West Publishing Co.

Journal Articles

European Conflicts Law After the “American Revolution,” 2015 University of Illinois Law Review 2053.

The Use and Determination of Foreign Law in Civil Litigation in the United States, 62 American Journal of Comparative Law Supp. 213 (2014).

Notes on the European Union’s Brussels-I “Recast” Regulation -- An American Perspective, 2013 European Legal Forum 1.