Nicolas Cornell teaches and writes in the areas of contract law, moral philosophy, remedies, and private law theory.

His work seeks to connect issues in normative ethics with questions about the foundations of private law doctrine. His work has appeared both in peer-reviewed philosophy journals—including "The Possibility of Preemptive Forgiving" (Philosophical Review, 2017) and "Wrongs, Rights, and Third Parties" (Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2015)—and in top law reviews—including "A Complainant-Oriented Approach to Unconscionability and Contract Law" (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 2016) and "A Third Theory of Paternalism" (Michigan Law Review, 2015).

Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, he was an assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.