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[Lecture]The New Formalism in Private Law

NOV . 18 2021

Speaker: Professor Paul B. Miller, Notre Dame Law School

Host: Professor Lou Jianbo, PKU Law School


Professor Zhang Qi,PKU Law School
Associate Professor Chen Ruoying, PKU Law School
Professor Tang Xin, Tsinghua Law School

19:00-21:00, November 18, 2021 (GMT+8)

Online: Tecent Meeting ID 670 824 106

Language: English


In his two lectures, Prof. Miller is to define the methodology of the on-going new private law movement in the U.S., i.e., the new formalism which recognizes both historical and practical facets of reason-giving through law; he is also to suggest a more robust understanding of the internal point of view, as opposed to Holmesian externalism in private law.


Paul B. Miller is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International & Graduate Programs at Notre Dame Law School, where he also serves as Director of the Notre Dame Program on Private Law. Miller taught previously at McGill University in Montréal and has held visiting appointments at the University of Melbourne, Peking University, and Tel Aviv University. A graduate of Cambridge University (M.Phil.) and the University of Toronto (M.A., J.D., & Ph.D.), Miller is a leading private law theorist whose work primarily focuses on philosophical questions in fiduciary law, trust law, and corporate law. His books include Philosophical Foundations of Fiduciary Law (Oxford University Press, 2014), Contract, Status, and Fiduciary Law (Oxford University Press, 2016), Fiduciary Government (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law. Prof. Miller's work has been published in journals including William and Mary Law Review, University of Toronto Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, McGill Law Journal, and Osgoode Hall Law Journal as well as in edited collections published by Routledge, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press. Miller is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Jurisprudence and serves (with John Oberdiek) as the General Editor for Oxford Private Law Theory and the associated series, Oxford Studies in Private Law Theory, both published by Oxford University Press. He is also an enthusiastic founder and organizer of various workshops worldwide on fiduciary law and private law.

Source: PKU Law School