n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - A European law on unjustified enrichment? A critical view of the law of restitution in the Draft Common Frame of Reference

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



This contribution discusses the European principles on unjustified enrichment as recently published in the . These principles (or rather : model rules) were drafted with a view to the improvement and elaboration of the present European in the field of private law. This contribution considers not so much the substantive details of the new model rules, but more the need for, and the function of, drafting principles in this area of the law. This is a legitimate approach, as the law of restitution is traditionally not a core area of European legislative intervention. The private law rarely contains rules about restitutionary claims and their consequences.

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