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Cornell, Nicolas

Professor of Law

3266 Jeffries Hall

Nicolas Cornell is a professor of law. He teaches and writes in the areas of contract law, moral philosophy, remedies, and private law theory. His work seeks to connect issues in normative ethics with questions about the foundations of private law doctrine. His work has appeared both in peer-reviewed philosophy journals—including "The Possibility of Preemptive Forgiving" (Philosophical Review, 2017) and "Wrongs, Rights, and Third Parties" (Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2015)—and in top law reviews—including "A Complainant-Oriented Approach to Unconscionability and Contract Law" (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 2016) and "A Third Theory of Paternalism" (Michigan Law Review, 2015).

Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, he was an assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He previously served as a law clerk to Justice John Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court. Professor Cornell holds a JD from Harvard Law School, a PhD in philosophy from Harvard University, and an AB in philosophy from Harvard College. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.

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"What Do We Remedy?" In Civil Wrongs and Justice in Private Law, edited by Paul Miller and John Oberdiek, 209-230. Oxford Private Law Theory: Oxford University Press, 2020.

"Complicity & Hypocrisy." Amy Sepinwall, co-author. Phil. Pol. Econ. 19, no. 2 (2020): 154-81.
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"Competition Wrongs." Yale L.J. 129, no. 7 (2020): 2030-77.
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Review of Rights and Demands: A Foundational Inquiry, by Margaret Gilbert. Ethics 130 (2019): 107-13.
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"Wrongful Benefit & Arctic Drilling." Sarah E. Light, co-author. U.C. Davis L. Rev. 20, no. 5 (2017): 1845-910. 
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"The Possibility of Preemptive Forgiving." Phil. Rev. 126, no. 2 (2017): 241-72. 
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Review of The Choice Theory of Contracts, by Hanoch Dagan and Michael Heller, co-authors. Notre Dame Phil. Reviews (2017).
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"Contracts Ex Machina." Kevin D. Werbach, co-author. Duke L.J. 67, no. 2 (2017): 313-382.
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