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Fall 2021: Professor John Goldberg & Professor Henry Smith

Wednesdays, 1:45-3:45pm, wcc 4059

This workshop explores the foundations of private law — property, contracts, torts, and restitution. Emphasis will be on theories that offer explanations, justifications, and criticisms of architectural features of these areas of law and of their connections to one another. Sessions will be devoted to paper presentations by outside speakers and to discussions of classic and contemporary works reflecting philosophical, historical, and economic approaches to private law topics.

September 22, 2021    Lauren Scholz (College of Law Florida State University), The Significance of Private Rights of Action in Privacy Law

September 29, 2021    Gabriel Rauterberg (University of Michigan Law School), The Origin Myth of Contract

October 13, 2021        Irit Samet (King’s College London), What’s Wrong with Massively Discretionary Trusts? (with Hanoch Dagan)

October 20, 2021        Michael Simkovic (University of Southern California, Gould School of Law), Taxing Consumer Contracts (with Meirav Furth-Matzkin)

November 3, 2021      Sadie Blanchard (The Law School, University of Notre Dame), Nominal Damages and the Ends of Adjudication

November 17, 2021    Sandy Steel (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford), Justifications and Tort Liability

December 1, 2021       Richard Brooks (Yale Law School), The Loyalty Game

Papers will be available approximately 10 days before each presentation.  For any questions or request for papers, please contact Brad Conner.