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.