Instructor(s): Peter Benson

This course examines the main principles and doctrines 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 and good faith, the relation between contract law and tort law, and more. Via a careful and unrushed study of the cases, we shall try to develop a solid understanding of these different doctrines, debate competing interpretations of them, consider how they might be interconnected, and explore different approaches to assessing their possible justifications and limitations.

The evaluation process will consist of three written assignments, done at appropriate intervals during the year, that will count respectively 10%, 40%, and 50%. The first assignment will be ungraded. The second and third assignments will be graded. I will announce and discuss well in advance the timing and nature of each assignment. The aim will be to help students learn to write on and research substantive legal topics and to go into more depth about interesting and fundamental issues in contract law.
Academic year
2022 - 2023

At a Glance

Both Terms



25 JD


M: 9:00 - 10:20 am
W: 9:00 - 10:20 am