Unjust enrichment: a study of private law and public values

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This book is a sophisticated comparative analysis of the doctrine of unjust enrichment in the North American and Jewish legal systems, and in international law. By offering an explanatory theory which brings to light the normative underpinnings of the doctrine, it facilitates the prediction of legal outcomes and supplies the necessary tools for evaluating existing legal rules. Applying both theoretical analysis and comparative legal techniques, the study claims that the choice of compensation arising from a claim of unjust enrichment is not a matter of legal technicality. Instead it describes how the legal choice of a pecuniary remedy can be seen to embody a choice between competing values. This decision, writes Dagan, is implicated in the prevailing background ethos of the society at issue, and is deeply influenced by its own complex conceptions of self and of community.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge England
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages195
ISBN (Print)052158468X, 9780521584685
StatePublished - 1997

Publication series

NameCambridge studies in international and comparative law
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • Unjust enrichment
  • Enrichissement sans cause (Droit juif)
  • Rechtsvergleich
  • United States
  • Unjust enrichment (Jewish law)
  • Joods recht
  • Ongerechtvaardigde verrijking
  • Sociale waarden
  • Ungerechtfertigte Bereicherung
  • Enrichissement sans cause
  • Enrichissement sans cause (Droit islamique)
  • Unjust enrichment (Islamic law)

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Unjust enrichment (Islamic law)
  • Unjust enrichment (Jewish law)
  • Unjust enrichment -- United States
  • עשית עשר ולא במשפט (משפט אסלאמי)


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