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.
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.
G Klass, G Letsas and P Saprai (eds) The Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law (forthcoming OUP Oxford 2014)
‘Mitgation, Fairness and Contract Law’ (with Dr George Letsas) (forthcoming in G Klass, G Letsas and P Saprai (eds) The Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law (OUP Oxford 2014)
‘The Intention to Create Legal Relations and the Scope of Contract Law’ (subject to peer review forthcoming in A Diduck, N Peleg and H Reece (eds) Law and Michael Freeman (Brill Leiden 2014)
‘Unconscionable Enrichment?' in R Chambers, C Mitchell and J Penner (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Unjust Enrichment (OUP, Oxford 2009) 417-436
'The Penalties Rule and the Promise Theory of Contract’ (2013) 26(2) The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 443-469
‘Morality and the Market: Containing the Beast’ (2013) 9(2) International Journal of Law in Context 279-284 [Review Essay]
‘Weinrib on Unjust Enrichment' (2011) 24(1) The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 183-204