Rebecca Stone

Professor of Law

  • B.A. University of Oxford, New College, 1999
  • M. Phil. University of Oxford, Nuffield College, 2001
  • D. Phil. University of Oxford, Nuffield College, 2004
  • J.D. New York University School of Law, 2009
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2013

Rebecca Stone is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Her research and teaching interests include law and economics, legal philosophy, contracts, torts, unjust enrichment, and the ways in which law, philosophy, and economics intersect. The primary focus of her research is on questions about how our institutions of private law can be justified as a matter of ideal theory and under conditions of background injustice. She is also interested in the intersections between law, philosophy, and economics. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. in Economics also from Oxford University. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been a visiting professor at NYU School of Law and Harvard Law School.


  • Books
    • Studies in Contract Law (with Ian Ayres & Gregory Klass). St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 10th ed. (2023).  
  • Articles And Chapters
    • Putting Freedom of Contract in its Place, Journal of Legal Analysis (forthcoming). SSRN
    • Who are the Bearers of Tort Law’s Duties?, Law and Philosophy (forthcoming). SSRN
    • The Inequality of Bargaining Power Principle, in Research Handbook on the Philosophy of Contract Law, (forthcoming). (Prince Saprai & Mindy Chen-Wishart eds., Edward Elgar Publishing) SSRN
    • Who has the Power to Enforce Private Rights, in Oxford Studies in Private Law Theory, Volume 2, (edited by Paul B Miller and John Oberdiek, Oxford University Press, 2023). SSRN
    • Private Liability without Wrongdoing, 73 University of Toronto Law Journal 53 (2023). SSRN | Full Text
    • The Circumstances of Civil Recourse, 41 Law and Philosophy 39 (2022). SSRN | Full Text
    • Distributing Corrective Justice, in Private Law and Practical Reason: Essays on John Gardner’s Private Law Theory, (edited by Haris Psarras & Sandy Steel, Oxford University Press, 2022). SSRN
    • Promises, Reliance, and Psychological Lock-In (with Alexander Stremitzer), 49 Journal of Legal Studies 33 (2020). SSRNFull TextWorking Paper Version | [Appendix G: Screenshots – Lab] | [Appendix H: Screenshots – Vignette]
    • Promises, Expectations, and Social Cooperation (with Dorothee Mischkowski and Alexander Stremitzer), 62 Journal of Law and Economics 687 (2019). SSRN | Full Text | Working Paper Version
    • Law's Motivational Landscape, Jurisprudence (2017). (Short contribution to symposium on Frederick Schauer's "The Force of Law".)  Full Text
    • Legal Design for the "Good Man", 102 Virginia Law Review 1767 (2016). SSRN | Full Text
    • Economic Analysis of Contract Law from the Internal Point of View, 116 Columbia Law Review 2005 (2016). SSRN | Full Text
    • Desert and Inequity Aversion in Teams (with David Gill), 123 Journal of Public Economics 42 (2015). SSRN 
    • Rules and Rights (with Jonathan Quong), 1 Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy 222 (2015).
    • Unconscionability, Exploitation, and Hypocrisy, 22 Journal of Political Philosophy 27 (2014). SSRN |
    • Anticipated Regret as an Explanation of Ambiguity Aversion (with Daniel Krahmer), 52 Economic Theory 709 (2013). Full Text
    • Pricing Misperceptions: Explaining Pricing Structure in the Cell Phone Service Market (with Oren Bar-Gill), 9 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 430 (2012). Full Text
    • Fairness and Desert in Tournaments (with David Gill), 69 Games and Economic Behavior 346 (2010). SSRN | Full Text
    • Mobile Misperceptions (with Oren Bar-Gill), 23 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 49 (2009). Full Text
  • Working Papers
    • Norm-Based Enforcement of Promises (with Alexander Stremitzer), UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 19-04 (2019). Full Text