UCL Laws Staff

UCL Laws People

Prince Saprai  

LLB (Lond), BCL (Oxon), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)
Associate of the Higher Education Academy
Senior Lecturer in Laws

contact details:
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 5006 | Internal: x55006 | Room 310
Email: p.saprai@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Prince Saprai is on leave during Term 1.

Prince Saprai joined the Faculty of Laws as a Lecturer in 2009. Formerly, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (2008-2009), and had worked as a Lecturer at Oxford. He also completed his doctorate at Oxford, which was a defence of substantive fairness in contract law. In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University.

He is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethics and Law, and the Executive Group of the UCL Science, Medicine and Society Network, and is an Associate of the Centre for Philosophy, Health and Justice. He is also Faculty Advisor to the UCL Legal Philosophy Forum.

Prince’s main research interest is in the philosophy of private law. His work makes the central claim, against current thinking, that there is no single moral principle like corrective justice in tort law or the promise principle in contract that provides a foundation for particular fields of private law.

Instead, he claims that private law is constituted by a rich tapestry of moral principles, including principles about good faith, exploitation, the promotion of personal autonomy, the rule of law, fairness, compensation and many others. Prince has defended this anti-foundationalist thesis in relation to a variety of private law doctrines, with a particular focus on contract and unjust enrichment. So, for example, he has written on doctrines including the intention to create legal relations, mistake, undue influence, unconscionability, unfair terms, restraint of trade, specific performance, expectation damages, mitigation, the penalties rule and illegality.

Prince also works on broader questions about the ethics of markets. He has worked, for example, on the role of markets in the context of healthcare, and on the regulation of ethically problematic transactions such as the sale of sex and body parts.


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Current Teaching
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

PhD Supervision
Prince welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students. He is currently supervising:

page updated on 30 September, 2014