Dissertation Title: The Instrumental Autonomy of Contract Law
Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Liam Murphy
Felipe's area of research focuses on private law theory and contract theory. His project constitutes an attempt to make sense both of contract law's instrumental role and its autonomous internal self-understanding. For such purpose, the project is based on the distinction between the wholesale political justification of social practices and their internal, everyday operation. At the former level, contract law is pluralistic: it serves, across different societies and times, different political values and social goals, such as personal autonomy, social justice, and economic efficiency. At the latter, contract law is an autonomous practice, an internally complex form of discourse with its own logic and conceptual features. The project studies both the distinction and the connections between these two levels, and therefore attempts to provide a nuanced approach to the theory of contract law.