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The Private Law Theory Discussion Group is a new initiative between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Yale Law School. The workshop aims to provide a forum for established and early career scholars to present their in-progress work in private law theory to an audience of students and faculty. The Discussion Group has a broad understanding of private law and theory, and welcomes work deploying philosophical, economic, historical, and other methodologies to the study of private law. Papers may focus on doctrinal issues with a theoretical overlay or more abstract issues concerning private law.  

The discussion group’s first (virtual) event is slated for Saturday, April 24 at 12:30 to 4 p.m. We are delighted to have Professors John C.P. Goldberg (Harvard), Larissa Katz (Toronto) and Daniel Markovits (Yale) presenting papers. Papers will be pre-circulated, and speakers will be asked to give 20-minute presentations before opening up the floor to Q&A. 

For more information on the inaugural workshop, including a schedule and paper titles and abstracts, please see the event page.

Individuals affiliated with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Yale Law School are welcome to attend. All other individuals interested in attending should seek prior approval from the organizers of the workshop. We welcome external participants. 

To register to attend the group’s events, including this inaugural workshop, please contact co-convenors Amit Singh ( or Caleb Yong (

In future years, the Discussion Group aims to hold two workshops per semester. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in presenting a paper of your own at a future workshop.