Peter Birks and Scots Enrichment Law

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Peter spent some years as Professor of Civil Law at Edinburgh University. Although he had never had occasion previously to look into the Scots law of unjust enrichment, he produced two remarkable papers which were to shake this area of Scots law to its core. This chapter traces the various ways in which Peter's influence was brought to bear not only on academics and law reformers but on the Scottish courts, culminating in decisions which sought to set the law off on a new and more coherent path.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping the Law
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Memory of Peter Birks
EditorsAndrew Burrows, Alan Rodger
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0199206554, 9780199206551
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • unjustified enrichment
  • Scots Law
  • legal literature

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