The Supreme Court Law Review
Private Law Power Limits
Private law issues touch the everyday experiences of individuals and businesses. Contracts, torts, trusts and other areas of private law and the law of obligations evolve with jurisprudential and statutory changes. The Power and Limits of Private Law is a timely compilation of papers developed from a conference on the subject at the University of British Columbia’s Green College in June of 2022. The contributors are eminent scholars in their respective fields and their commentaries and observations on developments in private law provide a useful reference for lawyers, judges, academics and students who confront private law issues in their work. The material in this collection covers a wide spectrum of issues, including Indigenous perspectives in contract law, the deterrent function of medical negligence law, exclusion of liability clauses, the doctrine of frustration, joint and several liability, good faith in the performance of contracts, justifications for judicial innovations in private law, and adaptations of the law of fiduciary obligations to problems from the age of technology. These topics which appear in this volume are just a sampling of the important issues of private law addressed by the conference and by its theme of The Power and Limits of Private Law. I enthusiastically recommend this volume to anyone interested in private law or the law of obligations. I commend Professors Marcus Moore and Samuel Beswick for organizing the conference that led to the publication of this volume. Their work in putting together this compilation will enable The Power and Limits of Private Law to make an enduring contribution to our understanding of these areas of law.
Marcus Moore &Samuel Beswick, "Introduction to Volume I [of the Canadian Law of Obligations III Conference]: The Power and Limits of Private Law" (2023) 109 Sup Ct L Rev (2d) xxiii-xxxiii.