In common law jurisdictions, contract law is primarily judge-made law. This course will explore central topics in common law contract law through the study of leading cases, including classic decisions that are staples of legal education, as well as more recent cases that mark new directions in the law. Each contract law topic, ranging from contract formation to remedy for breach, will be addressed through selected leading cases. Each leading case will serve as a lesson in the development of the law, and a window into a particular historical and policy context. An important consideration for every leading case is what legal principle(s) it furthers, and how these principles appear under theoretical scrutiny. Students will also be encouraged to take a comparative view, and consider how different legal traditions might produce different approaches and/or outcomes than that of the common law.
3 ECTS credits