Michael G. Pratt

Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6. (613) 533-6000 ext 78599. E-mail: m [dot] pratt [at] queensu.ca


A Little About Me

I hail from Toronto originally, but have not lived there in many years. From 1997 through 2001 I lived in Brisbane, Australia, where I was a Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Queensland. I was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta from July 2001 until July 2003.

I moved to Queen's University in 2003. I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and I am cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy.

I am on sabbatical leave until January 2015, at which point I will become Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) in the Faculty of Law.

My research, which straddles the disciplines of law and philosophy, is devoted primarily to understanding the role of intention and consent in the creation and extinction of legal and moral obligations. I have written widely on the philosophical foundations of voluntary obligations, such as those that are generated by contracts and promises. I am currently undertaking a study of the doctrinal and philosophical aspects of waivers of liability and the idea of consent in negligence cases. I also research and write on the law of damages.

I earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Sydney, completing a dissertation on the philosophical aspects of promises and promissory obligations. I have an LL.M. from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a B.Sc.in Mathematics from the University of Toronto.

I usually teach Contract Law, Advanced Contract Law, Tort Law, and the Law of Remedies.

My Faculty of Law profile is here.

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