The Wisconsin Contracts Project


The Wisconsin Contracts Group includes University of Wisconsin emeritus faculty Stewart Macaulay and Bill Whitford, ILS Distinguished Scholar Jean Braucher of the University of Arizona, and Wisconsin law faculty Lisa Alexander, Kathryn Hendley, Mitra Sharafi, and Jason Yackee. The late John Kidwell was a founding member of this group.


February 28, 2014  Contracts Works-in-Progress Lecture: "What Lawyers Say Determines Choice of Law in Merger Agreements" by Juliet Kostritsky, Case Western Reserve University Law School. This is the first lecture in the John Kidwell Occasional Contracts Lecture Series hosted by the Wisconsin Contracts Group and cosponsored by ILS. This workshop will start at 3:00 in Lubar Commons. A draft paper will be available. If you are interested in reading the paper and participating in the discussion, please contact Pam Hollenhorst by the Friday before this event. For more information please contact Professor Bill Whitford
     If you missed this presentation, you may view in at this link, provided by Case Western Reserve University Law School:

Oct. 21-22, 2011 Empirical and Lyrical: Revisiting the Contracts Scholarship of Stewart Macaulay. See link for complete conference information including photos.

Feb. 15-16, 2008  Contracts: Law in Action Workshop.
 Sponsored by the Wisconsin Contracts Group and hosted by Jean Braucher (Roger Henderson Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona and Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Legal Studies) who is chair of the project to revise the textbook, Contracts: Law in Action.

Nov. 15, 2005  In search of a "European contract law" and its implications for Eastern Europe
by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Norbert Reich, Faculty of Law, Bremen University, and Ex-Rector, Riga Graduate School of Law. Hosted by Professors David Trubek and Louise Trubek, with introductions by Professor Stewart Macaulay. Sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence, the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asis (CREECA), the European Studies Alliance, the Global Legal Studies Initiative, and the Wisconsin Contracts Group.

Feb. 6-8, 2004  Wisconsin Law Review Symposium: Freedom from Contract. Cosponsored by the John M. Olin Center for Law and Economics, University of Michigan Law School, with support from the UW Contracts Enrichment Fund. Approved for 12 general CLE credits.
    Overview:  Freedom of contract has often been at the center of contracts scholarship. Less so, freedom from contract: the ability of parties to make legally unenforceable promises. This theme is at the core of some of the most perplexing problems of current commercial law. There are a growing number of circumstances in which liability arises in the absence of an affirmative manifestation of assent. At the Freedom from Contract Conference, eleven papers investigating this topic will be presented and discussed by distinguished scholars from leading universities.
    Presenters include Ian Ayres and Greg Klass, Yale University; Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Michigan; David Campbell, Cardiff Law School; Melvin Eisenberg, University of California at Berkeley; Clayton Gillette, New York University; Juliet Kostritsky, Case Western Reserve University; Roy Kreitner, Tel-Aviv University; Stewart Macaulay, University of Wisconsin; Todd Rakoff, Harvard; Robert Scott and Paul Stephan, University of Virginia; James J. White, University of Michigan. Commentators include Brian Bix, University of Minnesota; Jean Braucher, University of Arizona; Kevin Davis, University of Toronto; Jason Johnston, University of Pennsylvania; Charles Knapp, University of California, Hastings; Iain Ramsay, York University; and William Whitford, University of Wisconsin.

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