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A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations$
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David Ibbetson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198764113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198764113.001.0001

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14. Unjust Enrichment

14. Unjust Enrichment

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(p.264) 14. Unjust Enrichment
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A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations
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D. J. IBBETSON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198764113.003.0015

This chapter discusses unjust enrichment. The conceptual categories of contract and tort cover much of the range of personal obligations but do not exhaust it. Beyond them lies the residuary group characterized as ‘obligations arising from various other causes’. A third category emerged from this group, to be known as ‘quasi-contract’, ‘restitution’, or ‘unjust enrichment’. The common feature of the cases falling into this category is that the defendant has received money or property that ought in justice to be made over to the plaintiff, or has benefited from the performance of some service that ought in justice to be paid for.

Keywords:   unjust enrichment, contract, tort

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