24 May
10:00 - 11:00
Prof. Dr. Hanoch Dagan

Maastricht Private Law Lecture 2024

"Freedom of Contract, Properly Understood"

The Maastricht Private Law Lecture, hosted by the Maastricht Department of Private Law, is an annual event at which a most distinguished scholar is invited to give a lecture on a topic related to the wide field of private law. In the afternoon there will be an interactive seminar with PhD-researchers.

The 2024 Maastricht Private Law Lecture will be given by Prof. Dr. Hanoch Dagan.

Prof. Dr. Hanoch Dagan is a Distinguished Professor at Berkeley Law School and the founding Director of the Berkeley Center for Private Law Theory. Professor Dagan writes and teaches primarily in the areas of private law theory, contracts, property, and legal theory. Among his many publications are over 120 articles in major law reviews and journals, such as Yale Law Journal, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review and California Law Review. Professor Dagan is the author of seven books, including Property: Values and Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2011), Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Choice Theory of Contracts (with Michael A. Heller) (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and A Liberal Theory of Property (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He edited six book, including Properties of Property (Wolters Kluwer, 2012) (with Gregory S. Alexander) and Research Handbook on Private Law Theory (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020) (with Benjamin Zipursky). His new book, Relational Justice: A Theory of Private Law, co-authored with Avihay Dorfman, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press and is expected to be published later this year.

Before joining the Berkeley faculty, Professor Dagan was the Stewart and Judy Colton Professor of Legal Theory and Innovation and the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel-Aviv University. Professor Dagan is also a former Dean of TAU’s Faculty of Law and served as the founding Director of the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, the Director of The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, and the Editor in Chief of Theoretical Inquiries in Law. Professor Dagan has been a visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, Michigan, Cornell, UCLA, and Toronto. Dagan delivered keynote speeches and endowed lectures in Singapore, Alabama, Toronto, Queensland, Cape Town, Monash (Melbourne), and Oxford. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law. 


10.00hWelcome by Prof. Dr. Jan Smits
10.05hIntroduction by Dr. Agustín Parise
10.15hMaastricht Private Law Lecture by Prof. Dr. Hanoch Dagan 
 A Research Seminar with PhD-researchers and Prof. Dr. Hanoch Dagan will take place that same day from 16.00 - 18.00h.

This event is open to all the community, but registration is required. Unfortunately it is not possible to attend online. 

We offer this event including drinks for free. As we have a no waste policy, you are expected to join when you register as catering costs are being made on your behalf. The registration deadline is 17 May.

The lecture will be published in the Maastricht Law Series.

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