Bentham House Annual Conference 2013
The Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law

The Programme
Friday 10 May 2013
08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome
James Penner (Head of Department, UCL Laws)
09:05 Thematic Introduction
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'
10:45 Break
11:15 Chair: Irit Samet (KCL)

David Owens (Reading)
'Does a Promise Transfer a Right?'

James Penner (UCL)
'Promises, Agreements, and Contracts'  
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Chair: Florian Wagner-von Papp (UCL)

Aditi Bagchi (Fordham)
'Distributive Justice and Contract'

Avery Katz (Columbia)
'Economic Foundations of Contract Law'
15:15 Break
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 as Fact and as Reason'
18:00 Drinks Reception
19:00 Conference Dinner
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'  
10:30 Break
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'
12:15 Lunch
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)
'What is a promise? What is a contract?'

15:30 Break
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'

18:00 Drinks Reception