PhD Studentship: The (A)Morality of Contract Law

United Kingdom
Dec 14, 2017
Feb 15, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Modern contract scholarship is divided on the utility of a morally informed code of contract rules. This is exemplified by the approach of the UK courts to issues of ‘efficient breach’ where one party obtains a benefit from breaching a contractual duty without imposing any loss on the other party. This doctorate would consider the competing demands of justice and welfare-maximising principles drawn from law & economics, in light of EITHER:
  • Evidence from behavioural economics on the interests to be protected on breach ; OR,
  • Arguments from philosophical principles on alternative interests (such as the ‘performance interest’) to restate the notion of welfare.


Applicants should note the following:

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.


If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art. Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.


To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below.

Please mention reference FBLA-LAW-003 in the scholarship section of your application.

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