Pacta Illicita

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Since the conception of Scots law, it has stood staunchly against contracts which were deemed ‘illegal’. However, despite this early adoption of an approach, this part of Scots law remains relatively unexplored. This chapter focuses on the part of Scots law that prohibits and refuses of uphold illegal contracts. It looks into the sources of the general principle against enforcement. The development of this principle is discussed by tracing its growth through the common law. The external influences brought about by the Roman law and the English law are identified including the practical effects of illegal contracts. In particular, this chapter examines the transfer of title to goods through illegal contract, and the availability to the contracting parties of restitutionary remedies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA History of Private Law in Scotland
EditorsKenneth Reid, Reinhard Zimmermann
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages27
Volume2: Obligations
ISBN (Print)0198299419, 9780198299288
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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