Instructor(s): Peter Benson

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet 3 times a week, once in-person (Mon) and twice via audio-visual conference (Tues and Wed). In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. All students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

This course examines the main principles of basic contract law. These include remedies for breach of contract, the requirements of contract formation, the theory of interpretation, implied terms, conditions, and excusing doctrines, principles of contractual fairness in both ordinary and boilerplate agreements, and the relation between contract law on the one hand and tort law as well as property on the other hand. Our aim in the course is, through detailed and in-depth discussion, to explore the unity that may underlie these many doctrines and to see whether they express morally acceptable notions of rights in a modern liberal state.

2 hour open book exam worth 60% plus a 2,000- 2,200 words paper assignment worth 40% to be handed in the last day when written assignments are due.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



98 JD


M: 2:10 - 5:00 pm (in-class)
T: 2:10 - 3:30 pm (AV Conference)
W: 2:10 - 3:30 pm (AV Conference)