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Editor: Myanna Dellinger
University of South Dakota School of Law

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Emerging Payment Systems and the Primacy of Private (Contract) Law

CLS-logoIs the public commercial law of payment systems being displaced by private contract law? The short answer is "yes." Recently, I had the opportunity to write an invited post for the CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School's Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, and I hope you'll indulge me a moment to share about it here.

Emerging Payment Systems and the Primacy of Private Law is a synopsis of a larger project on how the public law and Uniform Commercial Code aspects of the regulation of payments have become marginalized over the last few decades--and how the marginalization isn't necessarily a bad thing.  Contract law is presumptively a better organizing instrumentality, but there still remains a significant and robust role for public regulation. Or, as I state in part of the longer post:

Payment systems have now clearly exceeded the regulatory capacity of public legal institutions to govern them via a comprehensive code like the UCC. Public law protection of the end user, however, has proven so successful and facilitated such industry growth that complete privatization of payments law is not the best response either. Emerging payment systems should be subject to a division between private law and public law in which private law is predominant, but not exclusive.

Private contract law is best equipped to deal with both current and future developments as the primary governance mechanism for emerging systems of payment. This market-friendly primacy of private law is only assured, nonetheless, by ceding to public law specific protections for payment system end users against oppression, fraud, and mistake.

If this particular intersection of contract law and commercial law is of interest to you, read the complete post. Or, if you are a particular glutton for punishment, the draft article on which the CLS Blue Sky Blog piece is based is here

 

February 11, 2016 in Commentary, Current Affairs, E-commerce, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Weekly Top Ten SSRN Contracts Downloads (February 4, 2016)

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Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 508 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 426 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 94 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law
4 80 More Behavioral vs. More Economic Approach: Explaining the Behavioral Divide between the US and the EU
Philipp Hacker
Humboldt University of Berlin
5 75 Apple Pay, Bitcoin, and Consumers: The ABCs of Future Public Payments Law
Mark Edwin Burge
Texas A&M University School of Law
6 74 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
7 69 Interpreting the Rules of Insurance Contract Interpretation
Mark Geistfeld
New York University School of Law
8 66 Global Commercial Law between Unity, Pluralism, and Competition: The Case of the CISG
Gralf-Peter Calliess and Insa Buchmann
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law and Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
9 61 Contracting Out of Fiduciary Duties
Ernest Lim
University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
10 61 Contract Meta-Interpretation
Shawn J. Bayern
Florida State University - College of Law


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Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 508 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 426 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 94 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law
4 80 Disgorgement of Profits in Canada
Lionel Smith and Jeff Berryman
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and University of Windsor - Faculty of Law
5 74 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
6 66 Global Commercial Law between Unity, Pluralism, and Competition: The Case of the CISG
Gralf-Peter Calliess and Insa Buchmann
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law and Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
7 61 Contracting Out of Fiduciary Duties
Ernest Lim
University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
8 61 Contract Meta-Interpretation
Shawn J. Bayern
Florida State University - College of Law
9 56 Interpreting Statutes and Contracts: A Distinction Without a Difference?
Jacinta Dharmananda and Leon Firios
University of Western Australia - Faculty of Law and University of Western Australia - Faculty of Law
10 44 Verbrauchervertragsrecht und Rechtswahl (Consumer Contract Law and Choice of Law)
Walter Doralt and Sarah Nietner
Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law and Bucerius Law School

 

February 4, 2016 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Weekly Top Ten SSRN Contracts Downloads (January 28, 2016)

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Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 468 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 405 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 94 The Doctrine of Illegality: A Private Law Hydra
James Goudkamp
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
4 78 More Behavioral vs. More Economic Approach: Explaining the Behavioral Divide between the US and the EU
Philipp Hacker
Humboldt University of Berlin
5 75 Personal Data Processing for Behavioural Targeting: Which Legal Basis?
Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
University of Amsterdam - IViR Institute for Information Law (IViR)
6 71 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law
7 70 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
8 68 Interpreting the Rules of Insurance Contract Interpretation
Mark Geistfeld
New York University School of Law 
9 68 Apple Pay, Bitcoin, and Consumers: The ABCs of Future Public Payments Law
Mark Edwin Burge
Texas A&M University School of Law
10 59 Contracting Out of Fiduciary Duties
Ernest Lim
University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

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LSN: Contracts (Topic)

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 468 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 405 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 71 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law
4 70 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
5 59 Contracting Out of Fiduciary Duties
Ernest Lim
University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
6 54 Global Commercial Law between Unity, Pluralism, and Competition: The Case of the CISG
Gralf-Peter Calliess and Insa Buchmann
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law and Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
7 50 Interpreting Statutes and Contracts: A Distinction Without a Difference?
Jacinta Dharmananda and Leon Firios
University of Western Australia - Faculty of Law and University of Western Australia - Faculty of Law
8 48 Contract Meta-Interpretation
Shawn J. Bayern
Florida State University - College of Law
9 35 Beyond Relational Contracts: Social Capital and Network Governance in Procurement Contracts
Lisa Bernstein
University of Chicago Law School
10 34 Financial Hardship: Insights from a Survey of Financial Counsellors
Paul Ali, Evgenia Bourova and Ian Ramsay
University of Melbourne - Law School, University of Melbourne - Law School and University of Melbourne - Law School

 

January 28, 2016 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Weekly Top Ten SSRN Contracts Downloads (January 21, 2016)

Mighty-no-9-logoPuffery object lesson: The author of the number 9 article on the Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal list tells me on good authority that Apple Pay, Bitcoin, and Consumers: The ABCs of Future Public Payments Law is worth at least twice--possibly even THREE times--the price of the download! How can you resist downloading such a clearly unprecedented value?

Hmmm... that was pretty bad. Maybe we should just get to this week's actual lists.

 

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Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 432 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 375 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 87 The Doctrine of Illegality: A Private Law Hydra
James Goudkamp
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
4 72 Personal Data Processing for Behavioural Targeting: Which Legal Basis?
Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
University of Amsterdam - IViR Institute for Information Law (IViR)
5 72 More Behavioral vs. More Economic Approach: Explaining the Behavioral Divide between the US and the EU
Philipp Hacker
Humboldt University of Berlin
6 68 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
7 62 Interpreting the Rules of Insurance Contract Interpretation
Mark Geistfeld
New York University School of Law
8 62 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law
9 56 Apple Pay, Bitcoin, and Consumers: The ABCs of Future Public Payments Law
Mark Edwin Burge
Texas A&M University School of Law
10 52 Contracting Out of Fiduciary Duties
Ernest Lim
University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

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LSN: Contracts (Topic)

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 432 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 375 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 87 Between Regulatory and Autonomy-Based Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
4 68 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
5 62 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law
6 52 Contracting Out of Fiduciary Duties
Ernest Lim
University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
7 50 Contract as Procedural Justice
Aditi Bagchi
Fordham University School of Law
8 42 The History of Genres: Reaching for Reality in Law and Literature
Anat Rosenberg
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law
9 39 Understanding the Law of Contract in Myanmar
Andrew Burrows
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
10 35 On the Efficiency of the Common Law: An Application to the Recovery of Rewards
Anthony Niblett
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

January 21, 2016 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Weekly Top Ten SSRN Contracts Downloads (January 14, 2016)

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RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days
15 Nov 2015 through 14 Jan 2016

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 356 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 323 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 137 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
4 97 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
5 84 The Doctrine of Illegality: A Private Law Hydra
James Goudkamp
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
6 68 Personal Data Processing for Behavioural Targeting: Which Legal Basis?
Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
University of Amsterdam - IViR Institute for Information Law (IViR)
7 60 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
8 58 More Behavioral vs. More Economic Approach: Explaining the Behavioral Divide between the US and the EU
Philipp Hacker
Humboldt University of Berlin, Students
9 52 Interpreting the Rules of Insurance Contract Interpretation
Mark Geistfeld
New York University School of Law
10 49 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law

 

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RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days
15 Nov 2015 through 14 Jan 2016

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 356 Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test
Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam S. Chilton
University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
2 323 Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2015: Twenty-Ninth Annual Survey
Symeon C. Symeonides
Willamette University - College of Law
3 137 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
4 97 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
5 84 Between Regulatory and Autonomy-Based Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
6 60 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
7 49 The Nature of Vitiating Factors in Contract Law
Mindy Chen-Wishart
University of Oxford – Faculty of Law
8 42 The History of Genres: Reaching for Reality in Law and Literature
Anat Rosenberg
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law
9 42 Contract as Procedural Justice
Aditi Bagchi
Fordham University School of Law
10 38 Contracting Out of Fiduciary Duties
Ernest Lim
University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

 

January 14, 2016 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Weekly Top Ten SSRN Contracts Downloads (January 7, 2016)

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RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days (8 Nov 2015 through 7 Jan 2016 )

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 166 Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal: M&A Agreements in India
Afra Afsharipour
University of California, Davis - School of Law
2 135 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
3 95 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
4 89 What If Fiduciary Obligations Are Like Contractual Ones?
Gregory Klass
Georgetown University Law Center
5 83 The Doctrine of Illegality: A Private Law Hydra
James Goudkamp
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
6 81 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull
7 81 Lender Discrimination, Black Churches, and Bankruptcy
Pamela Foohey
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
8 65 Personal Data Processing for Behavioural Targeting: Which Legal Basis?
Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
University of Amsterdam - IViR Institute for Information Law (IViR)
9 60 An Assessment of the Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
Eric Goldman
Santa Clara University - School of Law
10 59 The Digital Shareholder
Andrew A. Schwartz
University of Colorado Law School


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RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days (8 Nov 2015 through 7 Jan 2016)

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 135 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
2 95 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
3 89 What If Fiduciary Obligations Are Like Contractual Ones?
Gregory Klass
Georgetown University Law Center
4 83 Between Regulatory and Autonomy-Based Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
5 81 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull 
6 60 An Assessment of the Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
Eric Goldman
Santa Clara University - School of Law
7 54 Defences and the Disunity of Unjust Enrichment
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law
8 44 Does 'European Regulatory Contract Law' Enhance Citizens' Rights? An Analysis of Consumer and Services Law from Theory to Practice
Federico Della Negra
European University Institute, Students
9 42 The History of Genres: Reaching for Reality in Law and Literature
Anat Rosenberg
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law
10 38 Does the Codification of Consumer Law Improve the Ability of Consumers to Enforce Their Rights? – A UK-Perspective
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull

January 7, 2016 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Weekly Top Ten SSRN Contracts Downloads (December 31, 2015)

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SSRN Top Downloads For
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RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days
1 Nov 2015 through 31 Dec 2015

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 161 Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal: M&A Agreements in India
Afra Afsharipour
University of California, Davis - School of Law
2 153 Presumed Undue Influence: The False Partition from Fiduciary Accountability
Robert Flannigan
University of Saskatchewan
3 129 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
4 95 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law
5 92 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
6 83 What If Fiduciary Obligations Are Like Contractual Ones?
Gregory Klass
Georgetown University Law Center
7 75 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull
8 75 The Doctrine of Illegality: A Private Law Hydra
James Goudkamp
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
9 71 Lender Discrimination, Black Churches, and Bankruptcy
Pamela Foohey
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
10 70 The Private Order of Innovation Networks
Matthew Jennejohn
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

 

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RECENT TOP PAPERS for all papers first announced in the last 60 days 
1 Nov 2015 through 31 Dec 2015

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 129 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
2 95 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law
3 92 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
4 83 What If Fiduciary Obligations Are Like Contractual Ones?
Gregory Klass
Georgetown University Law Center
5 81 Between Regulatory and Autonomy-Based Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
6 75 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull
7 70 The Private Order of Innovation Networks
Matthew Jennejohn
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School 
8 59 An Assessment of the Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
Eric Goldman
Santa Clara University - School of Law
9 43 The Myths We Built Around EU Consumer Law
Tamas Dezso Ziegler
Institute for Legal Studies, CSS Hungarian Academy of Sciences
10 43 Does 'European Regulatory Contract Law' Enhance Citizens' Rights? An Analysis of Consumer and Services Law from Theory to Practice
Federico Della Negra
European University Institute, Students

December 31, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Weekly Top Ten SSRN Contracts Downloads (December 24, 2015)

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Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 157 Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal: M&A Agreements in India
Afra Afsharipour
University of California, Davis - School of Law
2 152 Presumed Undue Influence: The False Partition from Fiduciary Accountability
Robert Flannigan
University of Saskatchewan
3 129 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
4 91 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
5 86 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law
6 83 What If Fiduciary Obligations Are Like Contractual Ones?
Gregory Klass
Georgetown University Law Center
7 74 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull
8 74 The Doctrine of Illegality: A Private Law Hydra
James Goudkamp
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
9 70 A Case for Interfering with Freedom of Contract? An Empirically-Informed Study of Bans on Assignment
Hugh Beale, Louise Gullifer and Sarah Paterson
Warwick School of Law, University of Oxford - Faculty of Law and London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
10 69 The Private Order of Innovation Networks
Matthew Jennejohn
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

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Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 129 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
2 91 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
3 86 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law
4 83 What If Fiduciary Obligations Are Like Contractual Ones?
Gregory Klass
Georgetown University Law Center
5 79 Between Regulatory and Autonomy-Based Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
6 74 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull
7 70 A Case for Interfering with Freedom of Contract? An Empirically-Informed Study of Bans on Assignment
Hugh Beale, Louise Gullifer and Sarah Paterson
Warwick School of Law, University of Oxford - Faculty of Law and London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
8 69 The Private Order of Innovation Networks
Matthew Jennejohn
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
9 59 An Assessment of the Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015
Eric Goldman
Santa Clara University - School of Law
10 43 The Myths We Built Around EU Consumer Law
Tamas Dezso Ziegler
Institute for Legal Studies, CSS Hungarian Academy of Sciences

December 24, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Your Weekly SSRN Contracts Top Ten Download Lists - December 10, 2015

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Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 715 An Overview of Privacy Law
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
2 150 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI)
3 146 Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal: M&A Agreements in India
Afra Afsharipour
University of California, Davis - School of Law
4 120 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
5 118 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)
6 71 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law
7 64 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull
8 64 The Doctrine of Illegality: A Private Law Hydra
James Goudkamp
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
9 67 What If Fiduciary Obligations are Like Contractual Ones?
Gregory Klass
Georgetown University Law Center
10 139 Presumed Undue Influence: The False Partition from Fiduciary Accountability
Robert Flannigan
University of Saskatchewan

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1 171 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law
Ronald A. Brand
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law
2 150 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI)
3 120 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
4 118 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
5 87 Stephen A Smith on Duties and Liabilities
Nicholas McBride
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law
6 83 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
7 70 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law
8 70 Between Regulatory and Autonomy-Based Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
9 64 The Consumer Rights Directive, Consumer Sales and English Law – The Fear of Coherence?
Christian Twigg-Flesner
University of Hull
10 62 A Case for Interfering with Freedom of Contract? An Empirically-Informed Study of Bans on Assignment
Hugh Beale, Louise Gullifer and Sarah Paterson
Warwick School of Law, University of Oxford - Faculty of Law and London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

December 10, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New in Print

Pile of BooksKenneth Ayotte & Henry Hansmann, A Nexus of Contracts Theory of Legal Entities, 42 Int'l Rev. L. & Econ. 1 (2015)

Aditi Bagchi, Other People's Contracts, 32 Yale J. on Reg. 211 (2015)

Kenneth K. Ching, What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price, 84 UMKC L. Rev. 1 (2015)

Dr. Heba Hazzaa & Silke Noa Kumpf, Egypt's Ban on Public Interest Litigation in Government Contracts: A Case Study of "Judicial Chill", 51 Stan. J. Int'l L. 147 (2015)

Gregory H. Shill, Boilerplate Shock: Sovereign Debt Contracts as Incubators of Systemic Risk, 89 Tul. L. Rev. 751 (2015)

December 2, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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RECENT TOP PAPERS 

Rank Downloads Paper Title
1 695 An Overview of Privacy Law
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
2 178 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview
Badrinath Srinivasan
Independent 
3 138 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
4 137 Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal: M&A Agreements in India
Afra Afsharipour
University of California, Davis - School of Law 
5 131 Presumed Undue Influence: The False Partition from Fiduciary Accountability
Robert Flannigan
University of Saskatchewan 
6 112 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
7 111 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
8 78 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law 
9 70 Towards a European Insurance Contract Law? The Commission Expert Group, its Antecedents and Consequences
Jürgen Basedow
Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law 
10 70 The State of the Law of Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Canada
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law

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1 178 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview
Badrinath Srinivasan
Independent 
2 167 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law
Ronald A. Brand
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law 
3 138 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
4 112 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
5 111 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
6 81 Stephen A Smith on Duties and Liabilities
Nicholas McBride
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
7 78 The Relational Economics of Commercial Contract
Chapin Cimino
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law 
8 70 The State of the Law of Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Canada
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law 
9 64 Between Regulatory and Autonomy-Based Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
10 61 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law

 

 

 

December 1, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New in Print

Pile of BooksMichael S. Barr, Mandatory Arbitration in Consumer Finance and Investor Contracts, 11 N.Y.U. J. L. & Bus. 793 (2015)

Richard A. Epstein, The Upside-Down Law of Property and Contract: Of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and San Jose Pensions, 93 Neb. L. Rev. 869 (2015)

Matthew D. McGill & Alexander N. Harris, NML Capital v. Argentina: Enforcing Contracts in the Shadow of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 30 Md. J. Int'l L. 3 (2015)

George A. Nation III, Demand Promissory Notes and Commercial Loans: Balancing Freedom of Contract & Good Faith, 94 Neb. L. Rev. 151 (2015)

Bradford Stone, Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: The Convention and the Code, 23 Mich. St. Int'l. L. Rev. 753 (2015)

Mark Strasser, Traditional Surrogacy Contracts, Partial Enforcement, and the Challenge for Family Law, 19 J. Health Care L. & Pol'y 85 (2015)

Frank Sullivan, Jr., Banking Business and Contract Law, 48 Ind. L. Rev. 1195 (2015)

Kevin Warbach, Reflections on Network Transactions and Social Contracts for the Broadband World, 13 Colo. Tech. L. J. 45 (2015)

Erich A. Zacks: Contract Review: Cognitive Bias, Moral Hazard, and Situational Pressure, 9 Ohio St. Entrepreneurial Bus. L.J. 379 (2015)

 

November 25, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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1 663 An Overview of Privacy Law
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
2 171 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview
Badrinath Srinivasan
Independent 
3 131 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
4 125 Presumed Undue Influence: The False Partition from Fiduciary Accountability
Robert Flannigan
University of Saskatchewan 
5 121 Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal: M&A Agreements in India
Afra Afsharipour
University of California, Davis - School of Law 
6 107 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
7 87 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
8 68 Contract Law and the Digital Single Market: Towards a New EU Online Consumer Sales Law?
Rafał Mańko
European Parliamentary Research Service 
9 66 Towards a European Insurance Contract Law? The Commission Expert Group, its Antecedents and Consequences
Jürgen Basedow
Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law 
10 64 The State of the Law of Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Canada
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law

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1 171 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview
Badrinath Srinivasan
Independent 
2 165 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law
Ronald A. Brand
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law 
3 131 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
4 107 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
5 87 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law
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6 76 Stephen A Smith on Duties and Liabilities
Nicholas McBride
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
7 64 The State of the Law of Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Canada
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law 
8 58 Supreme Disgorgement
Caprice L. Roberts
Savannah Law School 
9 56 Restoring Freedom of Contract between Doctor and Patient in Medicare Part B
David Bernstein
George Mason University School of Law 
10 52 Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards
John Y. Gotanda
Villanova University School of Law

 

 

November 24, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Friday, November 20, 2015

New in Print

Pile of BooksPiotr Bogdanowicz, Cross-Border Interest and Concession Contracts: A Critical Approach, 10 Eur. Procurement & Public Private P'ship L. Rev. 83 (2015)

Aaron E. Ghirardelli, Rules of Engagement in the Conflict between Businesses and Consumers in Online Contracts, 93 Or. L. Rev. 719 (2015) 

Juan Bataller Grau, The Harmonization of European Contract Law: The Case of Insurance Contracts, 21 Conn. Ins. L. J. 149 (2015) 

Lori D. Johnson, Say the Magic Word: A Rhetorical Analysis of Contract Drafting Choices, 65 Syr. L. Rev. 451 (2015)

Jason Steck, You're in the Army Now! Reforming Military Enlistment Contracts, 38 Hamline L. Rev. 451 (2015)

Joanna Tsai & Joshua D. Wright, Standard Setting, Intellectual Property Rights and the Role of Antitrust in Regulating Incomplete Contracts, 80 Antitrust L. J. 157 (2015)

 

November 20, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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1 559 An Overview of Privacy Law
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
2 167 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview
Badrinath Srinivasan
Independent 
3 120 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
4 112 Presumed Undue Influence: The False Partition from Fiduciary Accountability
Robert Flannigan
University of Saskatchewan 
5 111 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
6 98 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
7 98 Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal: M&A Agreements in India
Afra Afsharipour
University of California, Davis - School of Law 
8 79 Remedial Clauses: The Over-Privatization of Private Law
Seana Shiffrin
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law 
9 73 A Complainant-Oriented Approach to Unconscionability and Contract Law
Nicolas Cornell
Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
10 69 Deceptive Advertising and Taking Responsibility for Others
Seana Shiffrin
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

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1 167 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview
Badrinath Srinivasan
Independent 
2 164 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law
Ronald A. Brand
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law
3 120 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1
Jan M. Smits
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
4 111 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
5 98 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law
Martijn W. Hesselink
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
6 79 Remedial Clauses: The Over-Privatization of Private Law
Seana Shiffrin
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law 
7 75 Stephen A Smith on Duties and Liabilities
Nicholas McBride
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
8 73 A Complainant-Oriented Approach to Unconscionability and Contract Law
Nicolas Cornell
Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
9 67 The Challenges of Private Law
Hanoch Dagan
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law 
10 64 The State of the Law of Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Canada
Lionel Smith
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law

 

 

 

November 17, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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1 538 An Overview of Privacy Law 
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz 
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
2 280 Efficiencies and Regulatory Shortcuts: How Should We Regulate Companies like Airbnb and Uber? 
Benjamin G. Edelman and Damien Geradin 
Harvard University - HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit and George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
3 158 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
4 108 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law 
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke 
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
5 108 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
6 97 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 
7 89 Bailment and the Property/Contract Interface 
Christopher M. Newman 
George Mason University School of Law 
8 86 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law 
Martijn W. Hesselink 
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
9 76 Superdelegation and Gatekeeping in Bankruptcy Courts 
Melissa B. Jacoby 
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law 
10 72 Remedial Clauses: The Over-Privatization of Private Law 
Seana Shiffrin 
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law 

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1 160 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law 
Ronald A. Brand 
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law 
2 158 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
3 108 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law 
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke 
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
4 108 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
5 97 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 
6 86 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law 
Martijn W. Hesselink 
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)
7 74 Stephen A Smith on Duties and Liabilities 
Nicholas McBride 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
8 72 Remedial Clauses: The Over-Privatization of Private Law 
Seana Shiffrin 
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law 
9 67 A Complainant-Oriented Approach to Unconscionability and Contract Law 
Nicolas Cornell 
Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
10 63 The State of the Law of Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Canada 
Lionel Smith 
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law 

 

 

November 10, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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1 515 An Overview of Privacy Law 
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz 
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
2 268 Efficiencies and Regulatory Shortcuts: How Should We Regulate Companies like Airbnb and Uber? 
Benjamin G. Edelman and Damien Geradin 
Harvard University - HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit and George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
3 146 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
4 135 Reasoned Awards in International Commercial Arbitration: Embracing and Exceeding the Common Law-Civil Law Dichotomy 
S.I. Strong 
University of Missouri School of Law 
5 99 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
6 96 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law 
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke 
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School
7 95 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 
8 88 Bailment and the Property/Contract Interface 
Christopher M. Newman 
George Mason University School of Law
9 79 The Lingering Confusion and Uncertainty in the Law of Contract Interpretation 
David McLauchlan 
Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law
10 73 Mobile Payments and Financial Inclusion: Kenya, Brazil and India as Case Studies 
Jane K. Winn 
University of Washington - School of Law 

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1 153 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law 
Ronald A. Brand 
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law 
2 146 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
3 99 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
4 96 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law 
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke 
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
5 95 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 
6 79 The Lingering Confusion and Uncertainty in the Law of Contract Interpretation 
David McLauchlan 
Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law 
7 72 Stephen A Smith on Duties and Liabilities 
Nicholas McBride 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
8 69 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law 
Martijn W. Hesselink 
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 
9 58 Remedial Clauses: The Over-Privatization of Private Law 
Seana Shiffrin 
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law 
10 58 The State of the Law of Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Canada 
Lionel Smith 
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law 

 

November 3, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, November 2, 2015

Loving the New York Times this Sunday

He_New_York_Times_newsroom_1942A lot of folks in legal education were pissed off at The New York Times last week. Some fine responses include Michael Simkovic's and Frank Pasquale's.  I would just like to draw attention to the last two paragraphs of the Times editorial, which strain to draw some connection between loans that go to law students and the decrease of funds available to pay for legal representation for the poor.  Rising student debt and decreased funding for legal services are two sides of the same coin, and it is really peculiar to blame law schools for politicians' failures to adequately fund education or legal services . . . but today we are here to praise The New York Times.

I'm not sure why this is news but yesterday's Sunday Times prominently featured an article that tells it like it is about arbitration clauses and class action waivers.  The title and sub-title tell it all: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking Deck of Justice: Vast Trend Locks Americans Out of Court -- Rulings Greatly Favor Business.  This is the first in a series of stories called Beware the Fine Print.  Part II is called In Arbitration, "A Privatization of the Justice System.

Ah, the Old Grey Lady returns to form.

November 2, 2015 in In the News, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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1 490 An Overview of Privacy Law 
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz 
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
2 245 Efficiencies and Regulatory Shortcuts: How Should We Regulate Companies like Airbnb and Uber? 
Benjamin G. Edelman and Damien Geradin 
Harvard University - HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit and George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
3 141 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
4 133 Reasoned Awards in International Commercial Arbitration: Embracing and Exceeding the Common Law-Civil Law Dichotomy 
S.I. Strong 
University of Missouri School of Law 
5 109 The Myth of 'Legal' Consent in a Consumer Culture 
Jennifer Ann Drobac 
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 
6 91 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 
7 85 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law 
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke 
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
8 84 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
9 83 Bailment and the Property/Contract Interface 
Christopher M. Newman 
George Mason University School of Law 
10 79 Property and Secrecy 
Amnon Lehavi 
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law 

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1 147 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law 
Ronald A. Brand 
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law 
2 141 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
3 109 The Myth of 'Legal' Consent in a Consumer Culture 
Jennifer Ann Drobac 
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 
4 91 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 
5 85 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law 
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke 
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
6 84 Contract Law: A Comparative Introduction, Chapter 1 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
7 74 The Lingering Confusion and Uncertainty in the Law of Contract Interpretation 
David McLauchlan 
Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law 
8 69 U.S. CEO Employment Agreements and Non-Competition Provisions: A Literature Survey 
Randall S. Thomas and Norman Bishara 
Vanderbilt University - Law School and The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan 
9 68 Stephen A Smith on Duties and Liabilities 
Nicholas McBride 
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law 
10 59 Contract Theory and EU Contract Law 
Martijn W. Hesselink 
University of Amsterdam - Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) 

October 27, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

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1 438 An Overview of Privacy Law 
Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz 
George Washington University Law School and University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
2 381 Bitcoin and the Uniform Commercial Code 
Jeanne L. Schroeder 
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 
3 330 Contract as Automaton: The Computational Representation of Financial Agreements 
Mark D. Flood and Oliver R. Goodenough 
Government of the United States of America - Office of Financial Research and Vermont Law School 
4 226 Efficiencies and Regulatory Shortcuts: How Should We Regulate Companies like Airbnb and Uber? 
Benjamin G. Edelman and Damien Geradin 
Harvard University - HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit and George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
5 169 Privacy in the Clouds: An Empirical Study of the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of 20 Cloud Service Providers 
Dimitra KamarinouChristopher Millard and W. Kuan Hon 
Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies and Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies 
6 131 Reasoned Awards in International Commercial Arbitration: Embracing and Exceeding the Common Law-Civil Law Dichotomy 
S.I. Strong 
University of Missouri School of Law 
7 127 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
8 119 The Normative Force of Consent 
Heidi M Hurd 
University of Illinois College of Law 
9 104 The Myth of 'Legal' Consent in a Consumer Culture 
Jennifer Ann Drobac 
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 
10 86 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 

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1 330 Contract as Automaton: The Computational Representation of Financial Agreements 
Mark D. Flood and Oliver R. Goodenough 
Government of the United States of America - Office of Financial Research and Vermont Law School 
2 169 Privacy in the Clouds: An Empirical Study of the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of 20 Cloud Service Providers 
Dimitra KamarinouChristopher Millard and W. Kuan Hon 
Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies and Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies
3 127 Defective Arbitration Clauses: An Overview 
Badrinath Srinivasan 
Independent 
4 127 The Continuing Evolution of U.S. Judgments Recognition Law 
Ronald A. Brand 
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law 
5 119 The Normative Force of Consent 
Heidi M Hurd 
University of Illinois College of Law 
6 104 The Myth of 'Legal' Consent in a Consumer Culture 
Jennifer Ann Drobac 
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 
7 86 Good Faith in English Contract Law: A 'Contagious Disease of Alien Origin' 
Andre Sinanan 
Independent 
8 80 Contract Theory and the Economics of Contract Law 
Klaus Ulrich Schmolke 
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Law School 
9 73 The Contract Frontier: A Study of the Modern Joint Venture 
Sarath Sanga 
University of California, Berkeley 
10 71 The Lingering Confusion and Uncertainty in the Law of Contract Interpretation 
David McLauchlan 
Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law 

October 20, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink