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Dr Prince Saprai
Bentham 310
Faculty of Laws, UCL
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Laws

Prince Saprai joined the Faculty of Laws in 2009. Formerly, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (2008-2009), and had worked as a Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford (2007-2008). He completed his doctorate on the philosophy of contract law at the University of Oxford (2009).

In 2016 he received a UCL Faculty of Laws Excellence Award for Legal Teaching (EXALT) in recognition of his teaching on the LLB. 

He is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethics and Law and the Steering Committee of the UCL Health Humanities Centre

Prince is keen to engage with non-academic audiences, particularly with legal practitioners, and has recently given lectures on contract law and contract theory to fee earners at Slaughter and May LLP and to the senior judiciary at the Ministry of Justice under the auspices of the Judicial College

External Appointments 

External Examiner, Law Faculty, University of Oxford (2014-2016)

Visiting Scholar, Georgetown Law (2013)

Research Summary

Prince’s main research interest is in the philosophy of private law. He has written extensively on the normative foundations of contract law and unjust enrichment, and on philosophical puzzles relating to a variety of doctrines in these areas including the intention to create legal relations, mistake, undue influence, restraint of trade, and remedies for breach of contract.

Prince also works on broader questions about transnational private law, the ethics of markets, and the regulation of new technologies. 

He is currently working on a monograph called Contract Law Without Foundations (under contract with Oxford University Press) that explores the implications of normative pluralism for contract law theory, contract doctrine and for debates surrounding the convergence of contract law in the transnational context. 

Teaching Summary


Contract Law (Joint Convenor)

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law (Convenor) 

PhD Supervision

Prince welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students. 

01-SEP-2008 – 31-AUG-2009 Assistant Professor School of Law University of Warwick , United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 31-AUG-2008 Stipendiary Law Lecturer Merton College University of Oxford , United Kingdom
01-APR-2006 – 31-JUL-2006 Non-Stipendiary Law Lecturer Balliol College University of Oxford , United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 31-AUG-2006 Lecturer Law University of Greenwich , United Kingdom
01-DEC-2002 – 31-DEC-2004 Stipendiary Law Lecturer Mansfield College University of Oxford , United Kingdom
Academic Background
  AFHEA ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow  
2011 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Teaching University College London
2009 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Law Mansfield College, Oxford
2004 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Law Mansfield College, Oxford
2002 BCL Bachelor of Civil Law – Law Mansfield College, Oxford
2000 LLB Bachelor of Laws – Law King's College London
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