Philosophy of Private Law Seminar (3 credits)

The distinction between public law (like constitutional law, criminal law, and administrative law) and private law (like property, contract, and tort) is that while public law deals with the relationship between the individual and the state, private law deals with the relationships among private individuals. This course is a study in theories of private law. It will explore the foundational principles of, and justifications for, our system of private law. Along the way, it will question whether the distinction between public and private law makes sense, or perhaps whether private law is just another form of government regulation of human behavior for the sake of the collective welfare. Prerequisites: None