UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Prince Saprai

Dr Prince Saprai

Associate Professor

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2009

Research summary

Prince’s main research interest is in the philosophy of contract law. He has written extensively on philosophical puzzles relating to a variety of doctrines in the field. 


Prince also works on broader questions about transnational private law, the ethics of markets, and the regulation of new technologies. 


He is co-editor of the volume Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law (OUP Oxford hbk 2014 pbk 2016). 


His new book Contract Law Without Foundations: Toward a Republican Theory of Contract Law (OUP Oxford 2019), attempts to break new ground in the philosophy of contract law by upending the orthodox picture of the field. The book claims that traditional theories of contract law which argue either that contract law reflects or mirrors the morality of promise, or instead that it pursues its own distinct ends or goals, such as economic efficiency, both seriously mishandle legal doctrine by ignoring or underplaying the irreducible plurality of values that shape contract law. The book defends the role of this multiplicity of values in forging contract doctrine, by developing from the ground-up a radical and distinctly republican re-interpreation of the field.



Teaching summary

Teaching Awards 

Excellence Award for Legal Teaching, LLB, Faculty of Laws, UCL (2016)


Contract Law (Joint Convenor)

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law (Convenor)


Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

PhD Supervision

Prince welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.


University College London
PGCLTHE, Teaching | 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford
DPhil, Law | 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford
M.Phil, Law | 2004
Mansfield College, Oxford
BCL, Law | 2002
King's College London
LLB, Law | 2000


Prince is Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Laws, UCL. Prince joined UCL in 2009. Formerly, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (2008-2009), and had worked as a Stipendiary Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford (2007-2008). He completed his doctorate on the philosophy of contract law at the University of Oxford (2009). In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law

He is a co-convenor (with Dr Kevin Toh) of the Quain Lectures in Jurisprudence. He is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethics and Law and the Steering Committee of the UCL Health Humanities Centre

He is a member of UCL’s Race Equality Steering Group, the Provost’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team and is the Law Faculty’s BME Attainment Lead


Prince is keen to engage with non-academic audiences and has given lectures on contract law to City solicitors and to the senior judiciary under the auspices of the Judicial College.