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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

Kelsen Bust
It is a bit alarming to see that Jeff Lipshaw's Cognition and Reason: Rethinking Kelsen in the Context of Contract and Business Law has made the top-ten list.  His article is supposed to appear in a book that I am editing, and my theory is that the American legal academy doesn't care about Hans Kelsen (pictured).  So, if Jeff's paper succeeds, the book is wrong, and Jeff's paper will never see the light of day!

SSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 276 Facilitating Mergers and Acquisitions with Earnouts and Purchase Price Adjustments 
Albert H. Choi 
University of Virginia School of Law 
2 231 The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection 
Woodrow Hartzog and Daniel J. Solove 
Samford University - Cumberland School of Law and George Washington University Law School 
3 170 Contract as Empowerment: A New Theory of Contract 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
4 147 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
5 124 Governing Law on Forum-Selection Agreements 
Kevin M. Clermont 
Cornell Law School 
6 121 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center 
7 104 Featuring People in Ads (2014 Edition) 
Eric Goldman and Rebecca Tushnet 
Santa Clara University - School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center
8 94 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
9 87 Contract as Empowerment Part II: Harmonizing the Case Law 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
10 82 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic) 
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 170 Contract as Empowerment: A New Theory of Contract 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
2 147 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
3 121 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center 
4 104 Featuring People in Ads (2014 Edition) 
Eric Goldman and Rebecca Tushnet 
Santa Clara University - School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center 
5 94 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
6 87 Contract as Empowerment Part II: Harmonizing the Case Law 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
7 82 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
8 77 Cognition and Reason: Rethinking Kelsen in the Context of Contract and Business Law 
Jeffrey M. Lipshaw 
Suffolk University Law School 
9 76 The Death of Contracts 
Franklin G. Snyder and Ann M. Mirabito 
Texas A&M University School of Law and Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business 
10 76 Credible Threats 
Saul Levmore and Ariel Porat 
University of Chicago Law School and Tel Aviv University 

September 2, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksJames Matthew Davis, Say what? The resolution of ambiguous written agreements in West Virginia, 116 W. Va. L. Rev. 917 (2014)

Gregory R. Day, Market Failure, Pari Passu, and the Law and Economics Approach to the Sovereign Debt Crisis, 22 Tul. J. Int?l & Comp. L. 225 (2014)

Thalia Gonzalez & Giovanni Saarman, Regulating Pollutants, Negative Externalities, and Good Neighbor Agreements: Who Bears the Burden of Protecting Communities? 41 Ecology L.Q. 37 (2014)

David Horton, Indescendibility, 102 Cal. L. Rev. 543 (2014)

Steven Olenick, Jenna Kochen and Jason Sosnovsky, Finding a Solution: Getting Professional Basketball Players Paid Overseas, 15 Tex. Rev. Ent. & Sports L. 1 (2013)

Robert J. Romano, Analyzing the United States -- Japanese Player Contract Agreement: Is This Agreement in the Best Interest of Major League Baseball Players and If Not, Should the MLB Players Association Challenge the Legality of the Agreement as a Violation of Federal Law? 15 Tex. Rev. Ent. & Sports L. 19 (2013)

Elizabeth I. Winston, Sowing the Seeds of Protection. 2014 Wis. L. Rev. 445

August 27, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 262 Facilitating Mergers and Acquisitions with Earnouts and Purchase Price Adjustments 
Albert H. Choi 
University of Virginia School of Law 
2 208 The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection 
Woodrow Hartzog and Daniel J. Solove 
Samford University - Cumberland School of Law and George Washington University Law School 
3 159 Contract as Empowerment: A New Theory of Contract 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law
4 146 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law
5 121 Governing Law on Forum-Selection Agreements 
Kevin M. Clermont 
Cornell Law School 
6 117 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center
7 91 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
8 78 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
9 78 Leases and Executory Contracts in Chapter 11 
Kenneth Ayotte 
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
10 72 The Death of Contracts 
Franklin G. Snyder and Ann M. Mirabito 
Texas A&M University School of Law and Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 159 Contract as Empowerment: A New Theory of Contract 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
2 146 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
3 117 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center 
4 91 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
5 78 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
6 72 The Death of Contracts 
Franklin G. Snyder and Ann M. Mirabito 
Texas A&M University School of Law and Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business 
7 71 Cognition and Reason: Rethinking Kelsen in the Context of Contract and Business Law 
Jeffrey M. Lipshaw 
Suffolk University Law School 
8 67 Credible Threats 
Saul Levmore and Ariel Porat 
University of Chicago Law School and Tel Aviv University 
9 56 Legal Regulation of Combating Corruption. Report of the LSGL's Research Group 
Eduard IvanovAnnette van der MerwePhilip StevensThiago BottinoLie Uema do Carmo,Paulo Clarindo GoldschmidtHeloisa EstellitaMurat OnokLaura ScomparinSerena QuattrocoloMichael NietschTunde OgowewoDean Sudarshan and Maria Lúcia de Pádua Lima 
National Research University Higher School of Economics, University of Pretoria, University of Pretoria - Faculty of Law, FGV Direito Rio, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV-EESP), Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV-EESP), Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV-EESP), Koc University, University of Turin, University of Turin, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas FGV DIREITO SP 
10 43 Disclaimers of Contractual Liability and Voluntary Obligations 
Michael G. Pratt 
Queen's University (Canada) - Faculty of Law 

 

August 26, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 25, 2014

More New on SSRN from Robin Kar

KarA few weeks ago, we noted that University of Illinois' Robin Kar's new article, Contract as Empowerment: A New Theory of Contract was available on SSRN.  The article has since been recommended as the "Download of the Week" and praised by Larry Solum on his Legal Theory Blog as "deeply interesting and important."

In our last post, we alerted readers of more to come from Professor Kar, and here it is:  Contract as Empowerment II: Harmonizing the Case Law.  Here is the abstract from SSRN.

In Contract as Empowerment, at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2476148, I develop a new theory of contract, “Contract as Empowerment”. This article applies that theory to a broad range of doctrinal problems and argues that contract as empowerment offers the best general interpretation of contract law. 

The argument proceeds in two stages. First, I identify a core set of legal doctrines, which provide an especially suitable test for different interpretations of contract. Second, I argue that contract as empowerment has the unique capacity to explain this entire constellation of doctrines. Along the way, contract as empowerment offers (1) a more compelling account of the consideration doctrine than exists in the current literature; (2) a more penetrating account of the expectation damages remedy; and (3) a concrete framework to determine the appropriate role of certain doctrines like unconscionability, which limit freedom of contract. Contract as empowerment also explains key doctrines and answers central puzzles at each basic stage of contract analysis. When coupled with its other normative and explanatory advantages, contract as empowerment thus offers the best general interpretation of contract. 

The whole of this explanation is, moreover, greater than the sum of its parts. Because of its harmonizing power, contract as empowerment demonstrates how a broad range of seemingly incompatible surface values in modern contract law can work together — each serving its own distinct but partial role — to serve a more fundamental principle distinctive to contract. These surface values include the values of fidelity, autonomy, liberty, efficiency, fairness, trust, reliance and assurance, among others. The current theory suggests that many seeming conflicts between doctrines that serve these values are not, in fact, zero-sum games. So long as the complex interlocking rules of contract are fashioned in the right way, these doctrines can work together to serve a deeper and normatively satisfying principle of empowerment distinctive to contract. This framework can be used to guide legal reform and identify places where market regulation is warranted and needed in many different contexts of exchange — from those involving consumer goods to labor, finance, credit, landlord-tenant, home mortgages and many others.

There is also a deeper implication of contract as empowerment. Contract as empowerment reinterprets the basic nature of contract law and many related forms of economic activity. It suggests that contract law is not simply a set of rules that aim to maximize efficiency and promote personal consumption, rooted solely in competition and self-interest run wild. Contract law is instead a set of rules that produce genuine legal obligations in part because its rules are simultaneously personally empowering and reflective of a deeper moral ideal of equal respect for persons. If — as this article argues — this represents the best general interpretation of contract, then contracts and many related market activities have a distinctive moral fabric that has been running through them for some time now. This moral fabric has been obscured by classical economic interpretations but cannot be ignored in any true social science of these phenomena. Contract as empowerment seeks to cure these distortions. It can lead to a distinctive societal self-understanding, which better integrates economic activity into lives that brim with moral and civic virtue.

August 25, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 240 Facilitating Mergers and Acquisitions with Earnouts and Purchase Price Adjustments 
Albert H. Choi 
University of Virginia School of Law 
2 173 The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection 
Woodrow Hartzog and Daniel J. Solove 
Samford University - Cumberland School of Law and George Washington University Law School
3 142 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
4 112 Governing Law on Forum-Selection Agreements 
Kevin M. Clermont 
Cornell Law School 
5 108 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center 
6 84 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
7 77 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
8 75 Leases and Executory Contracts in Chapter 11 
Kenneth Ayotte 
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
9 68 The Death of Contracts 
Franklin G. Snyder and Ann M. Mirabito 
Texas A&M University School of Law and Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business 
10 68 Cognition and Reason: Rethinking Kelsen in the Context of Contract and Business Law 
Jeffrey M. Lipshaw 
Suffolk University Law School 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 142 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
2 108 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center 
3 84 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
4 77 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
5 68 The Death of Contracts 
Franklin G. Snyder and Ann M. Mirabito 
Texas A&M University School of Law and Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business 
6 68 Cognition and Reason: Rethinking Kelsen in the Context of Contract and Business Law 
Jeffrey M. Lipshaw 
Suffolk University Law School 
7 65 Credible Threats 
Saul Levmore and Ariel Porat 
University of Chicago Law School and Tel Aviv University 
8 61 A Eulogy for the EULA 
Miriam A. Cherry 
Saint Louis University - School of Law 
9 59 Consent and Sensibility: A Review of Margaret Jane Radin's Book, 'Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law' 
Michelle Boardman 
George Mason University School of Law 
10 48 Legal Regulation of Combating Corruption. Report of the LSGL's Research Group 
Eduard IvanovAnnette van der MerwePhilip StevensThiago BottinoLie Uema do Carmo,Paulo Clarindo GoldschmidtHeloisa EstellitaMurat OnokLaura ScomparinSerena QuattrocoloMichael NietschTunde OgowewoDean Sudarshan and Maria Lúcia de Pádua Lima 
National Research University Higher School of Economics, University of Pretoria, University of Pretoria - Faculty of Law, FGV Direito Rio, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV-EESP), Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV-EESP), Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV-EESP), Koc University, University of Turin, University of Turin, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas FGV DIREITO SP 

 

 

August 19, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 169 Facilitating Mergers and Acquisitions with Earnouts and Purchase Price Adjustments 
Albert H. Choi 
University of Virginia School of Law 
2 166 The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection 
Woodrow Hartzog and Daniel J. Solove 
Samford University - Cumberland School of Law and George Washington University Law School 
3 148 Bylaws Mandating Arbitration of Stockholder Disputes? 
Claudia H Allen 
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 
4 134 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
5 133 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
6 106 Governing Law on Forum-Selection Agreements 
Kevin M. Clermont 
Cornell Law School 
7 103 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center 
8 73 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
9 69 Leases and Executory Contracts in Chapter 11 
Kenneth Ayotte 
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
10 68 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic) 
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 133 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
2 103 The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the 'Law of the Poor' 
Anne Fleming 
Georgetown University Law Center 
3 73 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
4 68 Alternative Entities in Delaware - Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
5 64 The Death of Contracts 
Franklin G. Snyder and Ann M. Mirabito 
Texas A&M University School of Law and Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business 
6 59 A Eulogy for the EULA 
Miriam A. Cherry 
Saint Louis University - School of Law 
7 58 Consent and Sensibility: A Review of Margaret Jane Radin's Book, 'Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law' 
Michelle Boardman 
George Mason University School of Law 
8 54 FAA Preemption after Concepcion 
Christopher R. Drahozal 
University of Kansas School of Law 
9 54 Credible Threats 
Saul Levmore and Ariel Porat 
University of Chicago Law School and Tel Aviv University 
10 43 Classical Competition and Freedom of Contract in American Laissez Faire Constitutionalism 
Nicola Giocoli 
University of Pisa 

 

August 12, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New on SSRN from Robin Kar

Robin Kar (pictured) has just posted an ambitious piece, Contract as Empowerment: A New Theory of Contract on SSRN.  The submission is still under review right now, so you can be among the first to download it!  Here is the abstract:

KarModern contract theory is in a quandary. As Alan Schwartz and Robert E. Scott have observed: “Contract law has neither a complete descriptive theory, explaining what the law is, nor a complete normative theory, explaining what the law should be.” This article aims to cure these deficiencies with a novel theory, “Contract as Empowerment”.

Contract as Empowerment is a deontological (duty-based) theory, rooted in a special strand of social contract theory known as “contractualism”. The theory nevertheless differs from more familiar deontological theories, which are typically rooted in moral intuitions about promising, autonomy or reliance. Because of its foundation in social contract theory, contract as empowerment can absorb a number of important economic and psychological insights, which have traditionally given efficiency theories explanatory advantages over traditional deontological theories. But contract as empowerment can absorb these insights without subjecting them to thoroughgoing economic interpretation. It can thereby produce a more robust, unified and normatively satisfying account of many core areas of doctrine. Among other things, contract as empowerment offers a more compelling account of the consideration doctrine than exists in the current literature; a better account of the expectation damages remedy (both descriptively and morally); and a special way of understanding the appropriate role of certain doctrines like unconscionability, which regulate private market activity by making the scope or content of contractual obligations depend on facts other than contracting parties’ subjective wills. 

This last fact provides a major point of contrast with most existing theories of contract. One of the most striking features of the way that standard debates between deontological and consequentialist theories have been framed in this area of the law is that general theories on both sides typically share a key implication. They imply that legal doctrines that invite courts to police bargains for fairness reflect alien intrusions into the basic subject matter of contract. Contract as empowerment suggests that this framing has been distorting our understanding of contracts (and hence modern markets) for some time now. It offers an alternative framework, which understands both private market empowerment and some market regulations as direct expressions of the same fundamental principles. Because this framework is principled, it can help depoliticize a range of currently heated debates about the appropriate scope and role of market regulation. This framework can be applied to many different forms of market exchange—from those in consumer goods to labor, finance, credit, mortgages and many others.

This article is the first in a two part series. Contract as Empowerment introduces and develops the theory of contract as empowerment. Contract as Empowerment II applies the theory to a range of doctrinal problems and argues that contract as empowerment offers the best general interpretation of contract law.

Professor Kar promises that a follow-up article is coming soon.  Stay tuned.

August 6, 2014 in Contract Profs, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 271 The Privatization of Compliance 
Scott Killingsworth 
Bryan Cave LLP 
2 194 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
3 163 The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection 
Woodrow Hartzog and Daniel J. Solove 
Samford University - Cumberland School of Law and George Washington University Law School 
4 159 Facilitating Mergers and Acquisitions with Earnouts and Purchase Price Adjustments 
Albert H. Choi 
University of Virginia School of Law 
5 141 Bylaws Mandating Arbitration of Stockholder Disputes? 
Claudia H Allen 
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
6 134 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
7 100 Governing Law on Forum-Selection Agreements 
Kevin M. Clermont 
Cornell Law School 
8 99 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
9 67 Alternative Entities in Delaware -- Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
10 67 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 194 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
2 99 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
3 67 Alternative Entities in Delaware -- Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
4 67 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law 
5 61 Of Priors and of Disconnects 
Margaret Jane Radin 
University of Michigan Law School 
6 60 Good Faith and Fair Dealing as an Underenforced Legal Norm 
Paul MacMahon 
London School of Economics - Law Department 
7 57 A Eulogy for the EULA 
Miriam A. Cherry 
Saint Louis University - School of Law 
8 54 Consent and Sensibility: A Review of Margaret Jane Radin's Book, 'Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law' 
Michelle Boardman 
George Mason University School of Law 
9 51 FAA Preemption after Concepcion 
Christopher R. Drahozal 
University of Kansas School of Law 
10 47 The Death of Contracts 
Franklin G. Snyder and Ann M. Mirabito 
Texas A&M University School of Law and Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business 

 

August 5, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksDavid Crump, Should the Commercial Landlord Have a Duty to Mitigate Damages after the Tenant Abandons? A Legal and Economic Analysis, 49 Wake Forest L. Rev. 187 (2014)

Robert W. Emerson, Franchise Contract Interpretation: A Two-Standard Approach, 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 641

Kish Vinayagamoorthy, Apologies in the Marketplace, 33 Pace L. Rev. 1081 (2013)

Eric Zacks, Shame, Regret, and Contract Design, 97 Marq. L. Rev. 695 (2014)

July 30, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 261 The Privatization of Compliance 
Scott Killingsworth 
Bryan Cave LLP 
2 189 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
3 185 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
4 149 The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection 
Woodrow Hartzog and Daniel J. Solove 
Samford University - Cumberland School of Law and George Washington University Law School
5 130 Ending Class Actions as We Know Them: Rethinking the American Class Action 
Linda S. Mullenix 
University of Texas School of Law 
6 129 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
7 127 Facilitating Mergers and Acquisitions with Earnouts and Purchase Price Adjustments 
Albert H. Choi 
University of Virginia School of Law
8 119 Bylaws Mandating Arbitration of Stockholder Disputes? 
Claudia H Allen 
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 
9 95 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
10 93 Nationalize the Clearinghouses! 
Stephen J. Lubben 
Seton Hall University - School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 189 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
2 185 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
3 95 What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
4 68 'Selling Out' and the Impact of Music Piracy on Artist Entry 
Joshua S. Gans 
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
5 62 Alternative Entities in Delaware -- Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
6 61 Of Priors and of Disconnects 
Margaret Jane Radin 
University of Michigan Law School 
7 60 The Construction of Commercial Contracts 
John Carter 
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
8 56 Behavioral Trade-Offs 
Yuval Feldman and Orly Lobel 
Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law and University of San Diego School of Law 
9 54 Good Faith and Fair Dealing as an Underenforced Legal Norm 
Paul MacMahon 
London School of Economics - Law Department 
10 53 A Eulogy for the EULA 
Miriam A. Cherry 
Saint Louis University - School of Law 

 

July 29, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksKenneth A. Adams, Adrian J. Walters & Robert L. Eisenbach III, Termination-on-Bankruptcy Provisions: Some Proposed Language, Business Law Today 1 (June 2014)

Mark Anderson, The Enigma of the Single Entity, 16 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 497 (2014) 

Richard Frankel, The Arbitration Clause As Super Contract, 91 Wash. U. L. Rev. 531 (2014)

Barbara A. Lee, Student-Faculty Academic Conflicts: Emerging Legal Theories and Judicial Review, 83 Miss. L.J. 837 (2014)

Ganesh Sitaraman, Contracting around Citizens United, 114 Colum. L. Rev. 755 (2014)

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print. 99 Iowa L. Rev. 1745 (2014)

Perry A. Zirkel, Procedural and Substantive Student Challenges to Disciplinary Sanctions at Private--As Compared with Public--Institutions of Higher Education: A Glaring Gap? 83 Miss. L.J. 863 (2014) 

July 23, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 250 The Privatization of Compliance 
Scott Killingsworth 
Bryan Cave LLP 
2 186 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law
3 178 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
4 128 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
5 106 Ending Class Actions as We Know Them: Rethinking the American Class Action 
Linda S. Mullenix 
University of Texas School of Law 
6 85 Bylaws Mandating Arbitration of Stockholder Disputes? 
Claudia H Allen 
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 
7 68 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators 
Alan Scott Rau 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law 
8 66 The Costs of Corporate Bankruptcy: How Little We Know 
Stephen J. Lubben 
Seton Hall University - School of Law 
9 66 Fraud and Abuse in Mesothelioma Litigation 
Lester Brickman 
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 
10 60 Governing Law on Forum-Selection Agreements 
Kevin M. Clermont 
Cornell Law School

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
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RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 186 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
2 178 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
3 68 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators 
Alan Scott Rau 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law 
4 67 'Selling Out' and the Impact of Music Piracy on Artist Entry 
Joshua S. Gans 
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
5 58 Of Priors and of Disconnects 
Margaret Jane Radin 
University of Michigan Law School 
6 55 Behavioral Trade-Offs 
Yuval Feldman and Orly Lobel 
Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
7 53 Between Property Law and Contract Law: The Case of Securities 
Matthias Haentjens 
Leiden University - Leiden Law School 
8 53 Alternative Entities in Delaware -- Reintroduction of Fiduciary Concepts by the Backdoor? 
Douglas M. Branson 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law 
9 52 A Eulogy for the EULA 
Miriam A. Cherry 
Saint Louis University - School of Law 
10 51 Good Faith and Fair Dealing as an Underenforced Legal Norm 
Paul MacMahon 
London School of Economics - Law Department 

 

July 22, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksJuana Coetzee, The Interplay between INCOTERMS and the CISG, 32 J.L. & Com. 1 (2013).

Robert W. Emerson & Jason R. Parnell, Franchise Hostages: Fast Food, God, and Politics, 29 J.L. & Pol. 353 (2014)

Daniel Goller & Alexander Stremitzer, Breach Remedies Inducing Hybrid Investments, 37 Int'l Rev. L. & Econ. 26 (2014)

Daniel B. Kelly, The Right to Include, 63 Emory L.J. 857 (2014)

Lea-Rachel Kosnik, Determinants of Contract Completeness: An Environmental Regulatory Application, 37 Int'l Rev. L. & Econ. 198 (2014) 

Robert T. Miller, The Coasean Dissolution of Corporate Social Responsibility, 17 Chapman L. Rev. 381 (2014)

Joel D. Hesch, The False Claims Act Creates a "Zone of Protection" that Bars Suits against Employees Who Report Fraud against the Government, 62 Drake L. Rev. 361 (2014)

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 235 The Privatization of Compliance 
Scott Killingsworth 
Bryan Cave LLP 
2 177 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
3 171 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
4 124 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
5 123 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
6 82 Bylaws Mandating Arbitration of Stockholder Disputes? 
Claudia H Allen 
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 
7 78 The First Sale Doctrine and the Economics of Post-Sale Restraints 
Ariel Katz 
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law 
8 65 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators 
Alan Scott Rau 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law 
9 62 The Costs of Corporate Bankruptcy: How Little We Know 
Stephen J. Lubben 
Seton Hall University - School of Law 
10 61 Ending Class Actions as We Know Them: Rethinking the American Class Action 
Linda S. Mullenix 
University of Texas School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
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RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 177 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
2 171 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
3 123 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
4 66 'Selling Out' and the Impact of Music Piracy on Artist Entry 
Joshua S. Gans 
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management
5 65 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators 
Alan Scott Rau 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law 
6 57 Of Priors and of Disconnects 
Margaret Jane Radin 
University of Michigan Law School 
7 53 Behavioral Trade-Offs 
Yuval Feldman and Orly Lobel 
Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law and University of San Diego School of Law 
8 53 Between Property Law and Contract Law: The Case of Securities 
Matthias Haentjens 
Leiden University - Leiden Law School 
9 49 A Eulogy for the EULA 
Miriam A. Cherry 
Saint Louis University - School of Law 
10 49 Good Faith and Fair Dealing as an Underenforced Legal Norm 
Paul MacMahon 
London School of Economics - Law Department

 

July 15, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
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RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 215 The Privatization of Compliance 
Scott Killingsworth 
Bryan Cave LLP 
2 157 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
3 144 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law
4 128 A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity 
Preston M. Torbert 
University of Chicago Law School 
5 121 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
6 118 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
7 83 Review Essay: Reading the Dream Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious V-22 Osprey, by Richard Whittle, in Light of the Defense Acquisition Performance Study 
Steven L. Schooner and Nathaniel E. Castellano 
George Washington University - Law School and George Washington University - Law School 
8 77 Bylaws Mandating Arbitration of Stockholder Disputes? 
Claudia H Allen 
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
9 75 The First Sale Doctrine and the Economics of Post-Sale Restraints 
Ariel Katz 
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law 
10 63 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators 
Alan Scott Rau 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 157 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
2 143 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
3 128 A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity 
Preston M. Torbert 
University of Chicago Law School 
4 121 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
5 64 'Selling Out' and the Impact of Music Piracy on Artist Entry 
Joshua S. Gans 
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
6 63 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators 
Alan Scott Rau 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law 
7 57 Of Priors and of Disconnects 
Margaret Jane Radin 
University of Michigan Law School 
8 50 Between Property Law and Contract Law: The Case of Securities 
Matthias Haentjens 
Leiden University - Leiden Law School 
9 50 Behavioral Trade-Offs 
Yuval Feldman and Orly Lobel 
Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law and University of San Diego School of Law 
10 48 A Eulogy for the EULA 
Miriam A. Cherry 
Saint Louis University - School of Law 

 

 

July 8, 2014 in Government Contracting, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New in Print

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 203 The Privatization of Compliance 
Scott Killingsworth 
Bryan Cave LLP
2 166 Public-Private Contracting and the Reciprocity Norm 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law 
3 150 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
4 135 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
5 120 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
6 117 A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity 
Preston M. Torbert 
University of Chicago Law School 
7 115 From Status to Contract: The Unhappy Case of Johann Sebastian Bach 
Jonathan Yovel 
Yale Law School; NYU School of Law - Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice; University of Haifa - Faculty of Law
8 114 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
9 106 The Europeanisation of Contract Law and the Proposed Common European Sales Law 
Hector Lewis MacQueen 
University of Edinburgh - School of Law 
10 97 The Smartphone Royalty Stack: Surveying Royalty Demands for the Components Within Modern Smartphones 
Ann K. ArmstrongJoseph J. Mueller and Tim Syrett 
Intel Corporation, WilmerHale (Boston) and WilmerHale (Boston) 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
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RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 166 Public-Private Contracting and the Reciprocity Norm 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law 
2 150 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
3 134 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
4 120 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
5 117 A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity 
Preston M. Torbert 
University of Chicago Law School 
6 115 From Status to Contract: The Unhappy Case of Johann Sebastian Bach 
Jonathan Yovel 
Yale Law School; NYU School of Law - Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice; University of Haifa - Faculty of Law
7 106 The Europeanisation of Contract Law and the Proposed Common European Sales Law 
Hector Lewis MacQueen 
University of Edinburgh - School of Law 
8 63 'Selling Out' and the Impact of Music Piracy on Artist Entry 
Joshua S. Gans 
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
9 59 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators 
Alan Scott Rau 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law 
10 54 Of Priors and of Disconnects 
Margaret Jane Radin 
University of Michigan Law School 

 

 

July 1, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Symposium Issue on Contract Law in 2025

The Duquesne Law Review recently published a symposium issue on "Contract Law in 2025" -- I've pasted links to the contributions below:

 

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Drafting Our Future: Contract Law In 2025

SYMPOSIUM ARTICLES

The Judicial Vision of Contract: The Constructed Circle of Assent and Unconscionability
John E. Murray, Jr.

 

The Future of Fault in Contract Law
Robert A. Hillman

 

Two Alternate Visions of Contract Law in 2025
Nancy S. Kim

 

The Future of Many Contracts
Victor P. Goldberg

 

A Eulogy for the EULA
Miriam A. Cherry

 

The Death of Contracts
Franklin G. Snyder & Ann M. Mirabito

 

July 1, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Recent Scholarship, Web/Tech | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New in Print

Pile of BooksJason W. Burge & Lara K. Richards, A Compelling Case for Streamlining Venue of Actions to Enjoin Arbitration. 88 Tul. L. Rev. 773(2014)

Elizabeth B. Crawford & Janeen M. Carruthers, Connection and Coherence Between and Among European Instruments in the Private International Law of Obligations, 63 Int'l & Comp. L.Q. 1 (2014)

Richard Holden & Anup Malani, Renegotiation Design by Contract. 81 U. Chi. L. Rev. 151 (2014)

Sandra K. Miller, The Best of Both Worlds: Default Fiduciary Duties and Contractual Freedom in Alternative Business Entities. 39 J. Corp. L. 295 (2014)

Daniel P. O'Gorman, The Restatement (Second) of Contracts' Reasonably Certain Terms Requirement: A Model of Neoclassical Contract Law and a Model of Confusion and Inconsistency, 36 U. Haw. L. Rev. 169 (2014).

June 25, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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SSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal 

RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 164 Public-Private Contracting and the Reciprocity Norm 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law
2 159 The Privatization of Compliance 
Scott Killingsworth 
Bryan Cave LLP
3 141 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
4 125 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law
5 114 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
6 113 From Status to Contract: The Unhappy Case of Johann Sebastian Bach 
Jonathan Yovel 
Yale Law School; NYU School of Law - Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice; University of Haifa - Faculty of Law
7 109 Bankers and Chancellors 
William W. Bratton and Michael L. Wachter 
Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School - Institute for Law and Economics 
8 107 A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity 
Preston M. Torbert 
University of Chicago Law School 
9 100 The Europeanisation of Contract Law and the Proposed Common European Sales Law 
Hector Lewis MacQueen 
University of Edinburgh - School of Law
10 83 The Smartphone Royalty Stack: Surveying Royalty Demands for the Components Within Modern Smartphones 
Ann K. ArmstrongJoseph J. Mueller and Tim Syrett 
Intel Corporation, WilmerHale (Boston) and WilmerHale (Boston) 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS
 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 164 Public-Private Contracting and the Reciprocity Norm 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law 
2 141 A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print 
Tess Wilkinson‐Ryan 
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
3 125 Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance 
Kenneth K. Ching 
Regent University - School of Law 
4 114 Personal and Proprietary Remedies for Breach of Confidence: Nearer to Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Breach of Contract? 
Graham Virgo 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
5 113 From Status to Contract: The Unhappy Case of Johann Sebastian Bach 
Jonathan Yovel 
Yale Law School; NYU School of Law - Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice; University of Haifa - Faculty of Law
6 107 A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity 
Preston M. Torbert 
University of Chicago Law School 
7 100 The Europeanisation of Contract Law and the Proposed Common European Sales Law 
Hector Lewis MacQueen 
University of Edinburgh - School of Law
8 62 'Selling Out' and the Impact of Music Piracy on Artist Entry 
Joshua S. Gans 
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
9 53 Of Priors and of Disconnects 
Margaret Jane Radin 
University of Michigan Law School 
10 51 Behavioural Economics and Contract Law 
Ricardo Pazos 
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

 

June 24, 2014 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)