In November 2011 a PLT conference on “The Public Dimension of Contract. Legal Theories in Dialogue” will take place at Villa Vigoni, Lake Como, Italy. The Villa Vigoni Talks, organized by Dan Wielsch, Bertram Keller, Alessandro Somma and Pasquale Femia, shall reveal from controversial theoretical perspectives, if and how public interests could enter into contracts. This public dimension of contracts affects not only legal academics, but also politicians and the democratic public. Private contracts are not only tools of economic competition, but have multiple social backgrounds and effects. These social involvements transcend bilateral interactions. How and to what extent private law takes social contexts and public interests into account is an eminent political question. Diverging national ‘politics of contract law’ imply different theoretical conceptions of contract and the law. The aim of the Villa Vigoni Talks is however not a common theoretical core of the public dimension of contract, but a pluralistic dialogue of theories.