The Unmaking and Remaking of US Contract Law
The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law at Durham University is pleased to announce that the 2007/8 Annual Lecture will be delivered by Jay Feinman, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Professor Feinman will be speaking on "The Unmaking and Remaking of US Contract Law". For most of the twentieth century, contract law in the US developed in the direction of being more flexible, attentive to commercial reality, and congenial to consumers. In recent years there has been a counter-revolution, as it were, favoring a more rigid and formal body of contract law that favors sophisticated commercial parties in areas such as the routine enforcement of standard form contracts. The lecture will summarize the history of US contract law and focus on current controversies. It also will situate these changes and controversies in the context of broader changes in US law and politics. Professor Feinman received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from American University and his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He teaches Contracts, Torts, Business Torts, Insurance Law, and other subjects. Among his professional activities, Feinman has served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Contracts and Section on Teaching Methods. He is a member of The American Law Institute and an Advisor for the Restatement Third of Torts: Liability for Economic Loss. At Rutgers, he has served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the law school. He has been recognized for his teaching by receiving the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (2005), the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004), and the Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence (1999). Professor Feinman's many publications include five books and more than fifty scholarly articles.