Michael G Pratt is an Associate Professor of Law, cross-appointed to Philosophy, at Queen’s University. He studied at the University of Toronto, where he earned his BSc and, following an LLB from Osgoode, his LLM. He later obtained a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney.

Professor Pratt joined Queen’s Law in 2003, having previously taught at the University of Queensland and the University of Alberta. He has served as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research. Professor Pratt teaches a range of courses in private law, including Contracts, Torts, Remedies, and Land Transactions.

Professor Pratt has written widely on philosophical foundations of contract law, promises, and voluntary obligations. His latest work examines the law of damages, and the law of real estate transactions. He recently completed a treatise on the law governing the termination and rescission of agreements for the purchase and sale of land in Canada.


  • Remedies
  • Contract Law
  • Private Law Theory

Recent Publications


  • Termination and Rescission of Agreements for the Purchase and Sale of Land, LexisNexis, 2023.
  • With J. Berryman et al., Remedies: Cases & Materials, 8th ed. Emond Montgomery, (2020)


  • “Waiving Conditions Precedent” (2021) 52 Adv. Quarterly 119
  • “What would the Defendant have Done But For the Wrong?” (2020) Oxford J Legal Studies 28
  • “Betterment” (2017) 40:1 Dal LJ 67-105
  • “Some Features of Promises and Their Obligations”, (2014) 52 Southern J of Philosophy 382
  • “Disclaimers of Liability and Voluntary Obligations”, (2014) 51 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 767