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Justice in Transactions


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Peter Benson is Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. A former clerk for Chief Justice Bora Laskin of the Supreme Court of Canada, he is the editor of The Theory of Contract Law. His work has appeared in journals including Political Theory, Columbia Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, as well as in leading collections such as the Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophical Foundations of Tort Law.


Professor Benson is one of the world's leading contract theorists. This book is the culmination of his research, writing, and reflections on contract law spanning over three decades. Ambitious, innovative, rigorously argued, carefully researched, and clearly written, this work is, in my view, one of the most important contributions to the field of contract theory-if not the most important contribution-in the past 25 years. -- Stephen A. Smith, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Peter Benson's Justice in Transactions is a remarkable-indeed, literally extraordinary-and highly significant book. It takes on basic questions of social organization in a fundamentally new way and develops its own theory of them from first principles. This book will command study from all serious scholars. -- Daniel Markovits, Yale Law School
Probably one of the most important and unified works ever written in contract theory. The book's main effort is an attempt at organically revisiting contract theory based on a liberal conception of justice. In pursuing this effort, the book provides a coherent rationale for all the major doctrines of principles in contracts. This is a necessary exercise (one that clearly draws on years of research and engagement) to show that a liberal conception of justice can serve as an organizational idea for the law of contracts that is fully internal to its system of principles. -- Simone M. Sepe * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
[An] ambitious book...Benson is one of the most thoughtful, sophisticated, and provocative contract theorists of our time, and Justice in Transactions is likely to become the definite modern statement of the venerable transfer theory of contract. -- Hanoch Dagan * Michigan Law Review *

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