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A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations

David Ibbetson


The English law of obligations has developed over most of the last millennium without any major discontinuity. Through this period each generation has built on the law of its predecessors, manipulating it so as to avoid its more inconvenient consequences and adapting it piecemeal to social and economic changes. Sometimes fragments borrowed from other jurisdictions have been incorporated into the fabric of English law; from time to time ideas developed elsewhere have, at least temporarily, imposed a measure of structure on a common law otherwise messy and inherently resistant to any stable orde ... More

Keywords: contract enrichment, tort enrichment, unjust enrichment, equity, common law structures, economic change, social change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198764113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198764113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ibbetson, author
Lecturer in Law at Oxford University