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The Principles of the Law of Restitution

Graham Virgo


This book lays out the key principles underlying the law of restitution, a subject recognised by the House of Lords as a discrete body of law fifteen years ago. The law of restitution is concerned with the questions of when restitutionary remedies may be awarded. These are remedies which operate to deprive defendants of gains rather than to compensate claimants for losses. The traditional approach to the subject assumes that restitutionary remedies are only available to reverse unjust enrichment. This book asserts that restitutionary remedies are triggered by three different types of action: t ... More

Keywords: law of restitution, House of Lords, restitutionary remedies, property rights, statutory provisions, unjust enrichment, defendants, claimants, vindication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298501
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Virgo, author
Reader in English Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge; Fellow and Senior Tutor of Downing College, Cambridge

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