Netherlands, Amsterdam

Contract Law & the Moral Limits of Markets

when 28 June 2017 - 1 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week

The 2017 CSECL International Summer School will examine contractual aspects relating to basic question of the moral limits of markets. Most people believe that there are some things that should not be sold on markets, and that there are certain background conditions and terms that are antithetical to meaningful market exchange. The basic question of moral limits of markets has been a topic of debate among philosophers, legal scholars and economists.

There are multitude of controversies over the moral limits of markets. From a legal standpoint, however, concrete answers are required to the question of what things and terms should be legally permissible.
This summer school invites an multidisciplinary exchange on questions at the intersection of contract law and the moral limits of markets. In a just society, what is the appropriate role of contract law in demarcating the moral limits of markets? And how ought a society treat exchanges that are morally controversial from a contractual perspective? The summer school engages these and other questions,including whether any moral limits of consumption should have a bearing on consumer contract law.

Target group

Masters students, Graduate/PhD students, Postdoctoral researchers and other junior scholars

Course aim

Each day will be devoted to exploring and discussing a novel, liberal contract law theory detailed in unpublished manuscripts from each teacher. The teachers will explore, with the group, their own novel, liberal theory of contract law and participants will be able to bring their own research agendas and alternative views into the discussion. Part of the day will be dedicated especially to the individual work of participants within the summer school theme: papers will be presented to and discussed with the group and the teacher.

Fee info

EUR 0: Thanks to funding from the European Commission, as part of an award of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence status to ACCESS EUROPE, there is no fee for attending the summer school.
10 scolarships are available for participants to cover costs of travel and accomodation.


There are ten scholarships (up to 500 euros each) to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. These will be awarded on the basis of merit and need. Those who would like to be considered for a scholarship should state this in their application letter,

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