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Unjust Enrichment

Peter Birks


This book gives a concise account of the law of unjust enrichment. It attempts to move away from the use of obscure terminology inherited from the past and insists on the switch from restitution to unjust enrichment, from response to event. It organises modern law around five simple questions: Was the defendant enriched? If so, was it at the claimant's expense? If so, was it unjust? The fourth question is then what kind of right the claimant has, and the fifth is whether the defendant has any defences. This text is the second edition, which was revised and updated by the author before his deat ... More

Keywords: unjust enrichment, restitution, modern law, defendant, claimant

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276981
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Birks, author
former Regius Professor of Civil Law, All Souls College, University of Oxford

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