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The Law of Contracts, Seventh Edition
By: Stephen M. Waddams, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D., F.R.S.C.
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An essential element of Canadian contract law

Cited frequently by Canadian courts at all levels

With six previous editions spanning 40 years, Stephen Waddams’s The Law of Contracts has earned an esteemed place in Canadian jurisprudence. The Supreme Court of Canada and lower courts consider it an authority and regularly turn to it for its sound analysis of the principles underlying the law.

An important new appraisal of Bhasin v. Hrynew and much more

In the 2017 edition, Professor Waddams turns his attention to a careful, nuanced analysis of Bhasin v. Hrynew, the 2014 Supreme Court of Canada case that has transformed contract law. The ruling, which held that there is a duty of honesty in the performance of all contracts, has enormous implications for Canadian businesses – and has created new law around a general duty of good faith.

An overarching doctrine such as this gives rise to new duties beyond the letter of the contract and affects broad areas of the law of contracts. Professor Waddams has also revised and expanded his commentary under numerous topics to address the implications of the case throughout the law of contracts.

New in this edition

  • Analysis of the groundbreaking decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew (2014 S.C.C.) which held that that there is a duty of honesty in the performance of all contracts
  • An examination of Sattva Capital Corp v. Creston Moly Corp (2014 S.C.C.), which discussed how appellate courts should handle appeals involving the interpretation of contracts
  • Revised commentary addressing the implications of Supreme Court of Canada decisions under various topics
  • Analysis of all important decisions from Canada and Commonwealth countries since the sixth edition
  • All chapters have been reviewed and updated

Understand the tension at work among conflicting principles, competing values, and established law

Bhasin v. Hrynew illustrates the natural evolution Professor Waddams referred to in the original 1977 preface:

“...[M]any rules of contract law at present thought to be established doctrines will be reopened and reconsidered. If a rule fails to respond to society’s concept of justice, it will no longer be an answer that settled law is good law.”

The Law of Contracts delves beneath the rules on the surface to identify and explain the conflicting principles that lie beneath. This insight helps you grasp the conflicts, apprehend the interplay of values, and confidently understand the implications.

A required resource for complete research on contract law

Dispel doubt − Arm yourself with the most comprehensive and authoritative voice on contracts law

Save time − Quickly find answers you can trust supported by the most important Canadian case law and relevant case law from related Commonwealth jurisdictions

Gain the edge − Prepare persuasive submissions using the text Canada’s courts cite with authority


About the Author

Stephen M. Waddams, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D., F.R.S.C., is University Professor and the holder of the Goodman/Schipper chair at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, where he has been teaching since 1968. Professor Waddams specializes in contract law and is the author of seven books: Products Liability, The Law of Contracts, The Law of Damages, Introduction to the Study of Law, Law, Politics and the Church of England, Sexual Slander in Nineteenth-Century England, and Dimensions of Private Law: Categories and Concepts in Anglo-American Legal Reasoning, the Editor-in-Chief of the Dominion Law Reports (Canada Law Book) as well as numerous law review articles and notes. He has also been editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal.


Professor Waddams has won several important awards, including the Canadian Association of Law Teachers/Law Reform Commission of Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Research and Law Reform in 1989; the first Albert Abel Professorship in 1994; the David W. Mundell medal for contributions to Law and Letters in 1996; and a Killam Research Fellowship in 1999. He was appointed University Professor in 2005.