Sina Akbari, B.Comm., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law - Admin
463 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H5
- Mondays & Wednesdays 10:30-11:30
Area of Study / Keywords
legal theory political theory private law distributive justice
Sina Akbari is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. His research is in legal theory, focusing on the justification and evaluation of private law institutions and their relationship to issues of legitimacy and distributive justice in political theory. He holds a BComm from the University of Calgary, a JD from the University of Toronto, a LLM from New York University School of Law and PhD from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, he practiced law in Toronto and New York. His publications include peer-reviewed articles in the Australasian Journal of Legal Philosophy and the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.
A discussion of the prerequisites to the creation of contractual obligation: offer and acceptance, intention and certainty, consideration, the requirements of writing and capacity. The effect of misrepresentations and terms of the contract, together with the problems of exclusion clauses and of standard form contracts. Questions of discharge from contractual obligation on the grounds of mistake, undue influence, duress, unconscionable transactions and frustration. Remedies for breach of contract.
The laws governing corporations including: pre-incorporation matters; the corporation as a legal person; the tortious, criminal, regulatory, and contractual liability of the corporation; fiduciary duties in general and in commercial relationships, especially in the context of directors and officers, corporate social responsibility; corporate management; shareholder rights; and shareholder remedies.
An examination of law from a theoretical rather than a doctrinal perspective. Every year, the course will consist of a number of seminar offerings whose focus will be on a broader theoretical examination of law, legal processes, and institutions. Each of these courses will allow a critical examination of law from a variety of perspectives such as; legal theory, literature, politics, economics, social and cultural development, and religion.
Review of From Personal Life to Private Law, by John Gardner
The Modern Law Review. 2020 January; 83 (4):917-922
Instrumental Justifications of the Law
Australasian Journal of Legal Philosophy. 2018 January; 43
Against the Reductionism of an Economic Analysis of Contract Law
The Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence. 2015 July; 28 (2):245-264
Foreign Currency Considerations in Tax Law and Policy
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. 2008 January; 66 (1):1-32