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Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law
London, United Kingdom
UCL Faculty of Laws Bentham House Annual Conference 2013:
Professor Gregory Klass (Georgetown), Dr George Letsas (UCL) and Dr Prince Saprai (UCL)
The Philosophical Foundations
of Contract Law
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th May 2013
at the UCL Faculty of Laws
About the conference:
In the last ten years, there has been a revival of interest in the philosophical study of contract law. Much of the discussion related back to Charles Fried’s 1981 claim that contract law is based on the philosophy of promise, generating what is today known as ‘the contract and promise debate’. The aim of this conference is to tap into this renewal of interest and bring together leading philosophers, legal theorists and contract lawyers to debate the philosophical foundations of this area of law. Papers will focus on general themes in the contract theory literature, including for example the nature of promising and more generally voluntary obligations, economic, instrumental and pluralistic conceptions of contract, the relationship between contract and other moral concerns such as fault, and the application of these more abstract philosophical ideas to specific doctrinal issues, such as contract formation, contract interpretation, unfair terms, defences and remedies.
This conference is accredited with 12 CPD hours by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board (pending). Our course provider reference for the SRA is IU/UCL.
See the speaker biographies and abstracts at:
A paper bank of the conference papers will also be available from the conference website.
|Friday 10 May 2013|
James Penner (Head of Department, UCL Laws)
Gregory Klass (Georgetown)
|09:15||Chair: John Tasioulas (UCL)
Joseph Raz (Columbia and KCL)
'Is there a Reason to Keep a Promise?'
Dori Kimel (Oxford)
'Promise, Contract, Personal Autonomy, and the Freedon to Change One's Mind'
|11:15||Chair: Irit Samet (UCL)
David Owens (Reading)
'Does a Promise Transfer a Right?'
James Penner (UCL)
'Promises, Agreements, and Contracts'
|13:45||Chair: Florian Wagner-von Papp (UCL)
Aditi Bagchi (Fordham)
'Distributive Justice and Contract'
Avery Katz (Columbia)
'Economic Foundations of Contract Law'
|15:45||Chair: Lucinda Miller (UCL)
Lisa Bernstein (Chicago)
'Merchant Law in a Modern Economy'
Jody Kraus (Columbia)
'Virtue Ethics and Pluralism in Contract Theory'
Charlie Webb (LSE)
'Contract, Promise and Objectivity'
|Saturday 11 May|
|09:00||Chair: Catherine MacMillan (QMUL)
Randy Barnett (Georgetown):
'Contract Is Not Promise; Contract Is Consent'
Charles Fried (Harvard)
'The Ambitions of Contract as Promise Thirty Years On'
|10:45||Chair: Ben McFarlane (UCL)
Mindy Chen-Wishart (Oxford)
'Vitiating Factors in Contract Law'
Margaret Jane Radin (Michigan)
'An Analytical Framework for Legal Evaluation of Boilerplate'
|13:15||Chair: Hugh Collins (LSE)
Daniel Markovits (Yale)
'Good Faith as Contract’s Core Value'
Liam Murphy (NYU)
'The Practice of Promise and Contract'
Robert Stevens (Oxford)
|15:45||Chair: Robert Chambers (UCL)
Gregory Klass (Georgetown)
'Efficient Breach is Dead; Long Live Efficient Breach'
George Letsas (UCL) and Prince Saprai (UCL)
'Mitigation, Fairness and Contract Law'
Stephen Smith (McGill)
'The Relationship Between Rights and Remedies in the Law of Contract'
1 - 2 Endsleigh Street
WC1H 0EG London
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