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    The law relating to claims, quasi-contractual or otherwise, which are founded upon the principle of unjust enrichment.

    The Law of Restitution is a loose confederation of legal rules that have one thing in common: the defendant has been unjustly enriched at the expense of the plaintiff. In all other respects, the law is highly diverse, ranging from claims arising out of explicit transactions between the parties (i.e. restitutionary remedies in which one party has broken a contract) to claims between complete strangers (i.e. mistaken improvement of another's land); and from the accidental (i.e. money paid under mistake) to the deliberate (i.e. transactions entered into under duress and coercion).

    About this paper

    Paper title Law of Restitution
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
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    LAWS 202 and LAWS 203 and 36 further LAWS points
    Pre or Corequisite
    LAWS 301 and any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    Limited to
    LLB, LLB(Hons)
    Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
    Teaching staff
    Professor Struan Scott
    Paper Structure
    The method of instruction is a combination of lectures and small group student-led seminars. To accommodate the seminars, scheduled classes may be replaced with others to be held at another time. This will be done with the agreement of members of the class.
    Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Have an understanding of the various conceptions of the principle of unjust enrichment advanced by judges and academics in commonwealth jurisdictions
    • Have a general overview of the the legal materials within the law of restitution
    • Be able to critically analyse the case law relating to this field


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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