Prof. Margaret Jane Radin

Jackman Law Building
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Margaret Jane Radin is a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.  She the author of Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law (Princeton University Press, 2013).  This book, winner of the Scribes Book Award for 2014, explores the problems posed by standardized fine-print contracts and how those problems might be ameliorated.  Radin also has written two books exploring the problems of propertization: Contested Commodities (Harvard University Press, 1996) and Reinterpreting Property (University of Chicago Press, 1993), as well as co-authored a casebook on Internet Commerce.  

Radin is retired from chaired professorships at the University of Michigan and at Stanford University, having previously held a chaired professorship at the University of Southern California.  She has also taught at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, New York University, and Princeton University, where she was the inaugural Microsoft Fellow in Law and Public Affairs.  Radin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves on the Advisory Board for the Restatement 3d of Consumer Contracts.  She was recently honoured to deliver the 2016 Hart Memorial Lecture at Oxford University.

J.D. University of Southern California, 1976
M.F.A. Brandeis University, 1965
A.B., Stanford University, 1963
Academic appointments
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto (2011-2017)
Henry King Ransom Professor, University of Michigan (2007-2015)
Awards and distinctions
H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture (Oxford University, May 2016)
Book Award for BOILERPLATE: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law (Scribes—Society of American Legal Writers, 2014)
Brigham-Kanner Award for Scholarship in Property Law, William and Mary College of Law (October 2007)
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2008)
Member, American Law Institute (elected 2014)
Senior Distinguished Fellow, The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth (Northwestern University School of Law)
Honorary Doctorate [LL.D.(h.c.)] 1993 (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent School of Law)
Other service
American Law Institute, member 2014- present; board of advisors for project on Restatement 3d of Consumer Contract Law
Selected publications

 1. From Baby-selling to Boilerplate:  Reflections on the Limits of the Infrastructures of the Market, 54 Osgoode Hall Law Journal, issue 2 (Winter 2017)

 2. The Deformation of Contract in the Information Society, 37 Oxford J. Legal Studies (2017), ssrn abstract=2911087 (pre-publication draft) [the 2016 HLA Hart Memorial Lecture)

3. Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law (Princeton University Press 2013) [winner of Scribes Book Award 2014]

4. Contested Commodities: The Trouble with Trade in Sex, Children, Body Parts, and Other Things (Harvard University Press 1996)

5. Reinterpreting Property (University of Chicago Press 1993)

Research areas
Economic Analysis of Law
Feminist Analysis of Law
Intellectual Property Law
Law and Globalization
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Property Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory