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The role of unjust enrichment in New Zealand

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dc.contributor.author Cooksley, Tessa
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-02T01:21:31Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:33:57Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-02T01:21:31Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:33:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2018
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/21000
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that courts should recognise unjust enrichment as a cause of action, mainly due to the structure and discipline this can bring to New Zealand’s private law. This paper explores the historical development of unjust enrichment, and its relationship to the general law of restitution. This involves an exploration of legal taxonomy, and the different roles the concept of unjust enrichment can play in a common law legal system. The current New Zealand position on unjust enrichment is unclear: it can be seen operating as a label, a legal principle and some argue it is a cause of action in its own right. This paper considers how other jurisdictions have treated the concept of unjust enrichment, before briefly outlining how the cause of action should be structured in New Zealand. Given its sometimes broad nature, this paper views unjust enrichment as a supplementary action, within the law of obligations: there to provide a remedy when one is necessary, even in the absence of a wrong or an agreement between the parties. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Unjust enrichment en_NZ
dc.subject Restitution en_NZ
dc.subject Taxonomy en_NZ
dc.title The role of unjust enrichment in New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Law School en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Faculty of Law / Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180105 Commercial and Contract Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.school School of Law en_NZ

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