New Directions in Private Law Theory

Edited by Fabiana Bettini, Martin Fischer, Charles Mitchell, and Prince Saprai


ISBN: 9781800085640

Publication: October 16, 2023

New Directions in Private Law Theory brings together some of the best new work on private law theory, reflecting the breadth of this increasingly important field. The contributions interrogate a wide range of topics including aspects of private law doctrine, its development, ordering and application.

The authors adopt a variety of different approaches and contribute to ongoing and important debates about the moral foundations of private law, the individuation of areas of private law and the connections between private law and everyday moral experience. Questions addressed include: Does the diversity identified amongst claims in unjust enrichment mean that the category is incoherent? Are claims in tort law always about compensating for wrongs? How should we understand parties’ agreement in contract? The contributions shed new light on these and other topics, and the ways in which they intersect and open up new lines of scholarly enquiry.

The book will be of interest to researchers working in private law and legal theory, but it will also appeal to those outside of law, most notably researchers with an interest in moral and political philosophy, economics and history.

Fabiana Bettini is Lecturer in Property Law at UCL.

Martin Fischer is Lecturer in Commercial Law at UCL.

Charles Mitchell is Professor of Law at UCL.

Prince Saprai is Professor of Law at UCL.

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1 Introduction
Fabiana Bettini, Martin Fischer, Charles Mitchell and Prince Saprai

2 Private law’s remedial structure: claimant standing, defendant liabilities and court orders
Tim Liau

3 Just price theory: addressing skepticism
Joaquín Reyes

4 Theories of assent and consent in contract interpretation
Ohad Somech

5 Why we should assume the risk: an argument for consent-based assumption of risk
M. Beth Valentine

6  Collaborative property: P2P sharing as property system
Sally Zhu

7 Is a tort a failure to do what one ought?
Leo Boonzaier

8 ‘Damages, one farthing’: under-compensation in nineteenth-century tort
Nicholas Sinanis

9 Physical privacy and bodily integrity
Jeevan Hariharan

10 A human rights perspective on the illegality defence
Edit Deutch

11 Attribution in unjust enrichment:single or multiple connections?
Pablo Letelier

12 Mistakes in unjust enrichment
Martin Fischer


Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 × 20 mm

360 Pages

2 B&W line drawings and 2 B&W tables

ISBN: 9781800085640

Publication: October 16, 2023

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