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II. The Development of English Law
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Volume X: Restitution - Unjust Enrichment and Negotiorum Gestio | Chapter 3 (1989): History of Restitution in Anglo-American Law

Completed in November 1985

George E. Palmer

A. Quasi Contract

4. Before 1700.–As the central courts in england began to take jurisdiction over controversies between the King’s subjects, forms of action were developed.1 In time, a party seeking relief must be able to fit his case into an accepted form of action. In early law there was no action to recover unliquidated dam…

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George E. Palmer, “II. The Development of English Law”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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