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The Mexican Petroleum License Of 2013: A Step To The Past To Bring Mexico Into The Present And The Grounds For An Uncertain Future, Guillermo Garcia Sanchez Dec 2019

The Mexican Petroleum License Of 2013: A Step To The Past To Bring Mexico Into The Present And The Grounds For An Uncertain Future, Guillermo Garcia Sanchez

Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez

Petroleum in Mexico is not only a resource that has been used and abused by the State to finance its operations; petroleum runs in the veins of its national identity—oil rigs, barrels, and the State-owned company’s eagle are present in monuments across the nation and featured on coins and circulation bills.Official history books tell the story of how the Mexican revolution was fought partly to regain control of the hydrocarbons sector, which in 1910 was dominated by international oil companies. Consequently, to understand the legal nature of the Mexican petroleum license, one needs to review the history ...


Specific Performance And The Thirteenth Amendment, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Specific Performance And The Thirteenth Amendment, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

No abstract provided.


Reconsidering Contractual Consent: Why We Shouldn't Worry Too Much About Boilerplate And Other Puzzles, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Reconsidering Contractual Consent: Why We Shouldn't Worry Too Much About Boilerplate And Other Puzzles, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

Our theoretical approaches to contract law have dramatically over-estimated the importance of voluntary consent. The central thesis of this article is that voluntary consent plays at best a secondary role in the normative justification of contract law. Rather, contract law should be seen as part of an evolutionary process of finding solutions to problems of social organization in markets. Like natural evolution, this process depends on variation and feedback. Unlike natural evolution, both the variation and the feedback mechanisms are products of human invention. On this theory, consent serves two roles in contract law. First, consent makes freedom of contract ...


Promise And Private Law, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Promise And Private Law, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

This essay was part of a symposium on the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Charles Fried's Contract as Promise and revisits Fried's theory in light of two developments in the private-law scholarship: the rise of corrective justice and civil-recourse theories. The structural features that motivate these theories-the bilateralism of damages and the private standing of plaintiffs-are both elements of the law of contracts that Contract as Promise sets out to explain. I begin with the issue of bilateralism. Remedies--in particular the defense of expectation damages--occupy much of Fried's attention in Contract as Promise, and he insists ...


Unity And Pluralism In Contract Law, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Unity And Pluralism In Contract Law, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

No abstract provided.


The Need For A Law Of Church And Market, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

The Need For A Law Of Church And Market, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

This Essay uses Helfand and Richman’s fine article to raise the question of the law of church and market. In Part I, I argue that the question of religion’s proper relationship to the market is more than simply another aspect of the church-state debates. Rather, it is a topic deserving explicit reflection in its own right. In Part II, I argue that Helfand and Richman demonstrate the danger of creating the law of church and market by accident. Courts and legislators do this when they resolve questions religious commerce poses by applying legal theories developed without any thought ...


The Failure Of Economic Interpretations Of The Law Of Contact Damages, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

The Failure Of Economic Interpretations Of The Law Of Contact Damages, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

The law of contracts is complex but remarkably stable. What we lack is a widely accepted interpretation of that law as embodying a coherent set of normative choices. Some scholars have suggested that either economic efficiency or personal autonomy provide unifying principles of contract law. These two approaches, however, seem incommensurable, which suggests that we must reject at least one of them in order to have a coherent theory. This Article dissents from this view and has a simple thesis: Economic accounts of the current doctrine governing contract damages have failed, but efficiency arguments remain key to any adequate theory ...


Markets As A Moral Foundation For Contract Law, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Markets As A Moral Foundation For Contract Law, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

No abstract provided.


Introductory Remarks: Contract Law And Morality, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Introductory Remarks: Contract Law And Morality, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

No abstract provided.


Indiana And Doux Commerce, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Indiana And Doux Commerce, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

No abstract provided.


Consent To Retaliation: A Civil Recourse Theory Of Contractual Liability, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Consent To Retaliation: A Civil Recourse Theory Of Contractual Liability, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

In the ancient Near East, contracts were often solemnized by hacking up a goat. The ritual was an enacted penalty clause: “If I breach this contract, let it be done to me as we are doing to the goat.” This Article argues that we are not so far removed from our goat-hacking forbearers. Legal scholars have argued that contractual liability is best explained by the morality of promise making, or by the need to create optimal incentives in contractual performance. In contrast, this Article argues for the simpler, rawer claim that contractual liability consists of consent to retaliation in the ...


Corporations And Autonomy Theories Of Contract: A Critique Of The New Lex Mercatoria, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

Corporations And Autonomy Theories Of Contract: A Critique Of The New Lex Mercatoria, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

One of the central problems of contracts jurisprudence is the conflict between autonomy theories of contract and efficiency theories of contract. One approach to solving this conflict is to argue that in the realm of contracts between corporations, autonomy theories have nothing to say because corporations are not real people with whose autonomy we need to be concerned. While apparently powerful, this argument ultimately fails because it implicitly assumes theories of the corporation at odds with economic theories of law. Economics, in turn, offers a vision of the firm that is quite hospitable to autonomy theories of contract. The failure ...


A Pragmatic Defense Of Contract Law, Nathan B. Oman Sep 2019

A Pragmatic Defense Of Contract Law, Nathan B. Oman

Nathan B. Oman

No abstract provided.


Exclusive Dealing, The Theory Of The Firm, And Raising Rivals' Costs: Toward A New Synthesis, Alan J. Meese Sep 2019

Exclusive Dealing, The Theory Of The Firm, And Raising Rivals' Costs: Toward A New Synthesis, Alan J. Meese

Alan J. Meese

No abstract provided.


Is It Time For The Restatement Of Contracts, Fourth?, Peter A. Alces, Christopher Byrne Sep 2019

Is It Time For The Restatement Of Contracts, Fourth?, Peter A. Alces, Christopher Byrne

Christopher Byrne

No abstract provided.


Unintelligent Design In Contract, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Unintelligent Design In Contract, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

Scholars have expended considerable energy in the effort to "discover" a normative theory of Contract. This Article surveys that effort and concludes that something fundamental about Contract has been missed and has frustrated the search from the outset. Succinctly, Contract doctrine resists the neat formulation theory requires. Theorists' perspectives on Contract may be generalized as attempts to impute either deontology or consequentialism to the Contract law. Focusing largely on deontological constructions of Contract, this Article demonstrates the inconsistencies among the extant heuristics-promise, reliance, and transfer-and more importantly, the failure of any of those constructions to provide a coherent explanation of ...


They Can Do What!? Limitations On The Use Of Change-Of-Terms Clauses, Peter A. Alces, Michael M. Greenfield Sep 2019

They Can Do What!? Limitations On The Use Of Change-Of-Terms Clauses, Peter A. Alces, Michael M. Greenfield

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


The Moral Impossibility Of Contract, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

The Moral Impossibility Of Contract, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Reinventing The Wheel, Marion W. Benfield Jr., Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Reinventing The Wheel, Marion W. Benfield Jr., Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Statutory Personal Property Lease Law In Alabama, Peter A. Alces, P. Cade Newman Sep 2019

Statutory Personal Property Lease Law In Alabama, Peter A. Alces, P. Cade Newman

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Regret And Contract "Science", Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Regret And Contract "Science", Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Reconsidering Consideration In The Restatement (Third) Of Suretyship, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Reconsidering Consideration In The Restatement (Third) Of Suretyship, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


On Discovering Doctrine: "Justice" In Contract Agreement, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

On Discovering Doctrine: "Justice" In Contract Agreement, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Is It Time For The Restatement Of Contracts, Fourth?, Peter A. Alces, Christopher Byrne Sep 2019

Is It Time For The Restatement Of Contracts, Fourth?, Peter A. Alces, Christopher Byrne

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


On The Ucc Revision Process: A Reply To Dean Scott, Peter A. Alces, David Frisch Sep 2019

On The Ucc Revision Process: A Reply To Dean Scott, Peter A. Alces, David Frisch

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Guerilla Terms, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Guerilla Terms, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Introduction To The Revision Of Article 2 Of The Uniform Commercial Code Symposium, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Introduction To The Revision Of Article 2 Of The Uniform Commercial Code Symposium, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Contract Reconceived, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Contract Reconceived, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Contract Is Context, Peter A. Alces Sep 2019

Contract Is Context, Peter A. Alces

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.


Carrying A Good Joke Too Far, Peter A. Alces, Jason M. Hopkins Sep 2019

Carrying A Good Joke Too Far, Peter A. Alces, Jason M. Hopkins

Peter A. Alces

No abstract provided.