A European Law on Unjustified Enrichment? A Critical View of the Law of Restitution in the Draft Common Frame of Reference (CFR)

EUROPEAN PRIVATE LAW BEYOND THE COMMON FRAME OF REFERENCE, Antoni Vaquer, ed., Groningen 2008, 153-163

8 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2008

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Jan M. Smits

Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI)

Abstract

This contribution discusses the European principles on unjustified enrichment as recently published in the Draft Common Frame of Reference (2007). These principles (or rather: model rules) were drafted with a view to the improvement and elaboration of the present European acquis in the field of private law. This contribution considers not so much the substantive details of the new model rules, but more the need for and the function of drafting principles in this area of the law. This is a legitimate approach as the law of restitution is traditionally not a core area of European legislative intervention. It is concluded that, in view of the multilevel regulation of European private law, enrichment law is better regulated at the national level than at the European one.

Keywords: European private law, draft Common Frame of Reference, restitution, multilevel governance

JEL Classification: K12

Suggested Citation

Smits, Jan M., A European Law on Unjustified Enrichment? A Critical View of the Law of Restitution in the Draft Common Frame of Reference (CFR). EUROPEAN PRIVATE LAW BEYOND THE COMMON FRAME OF REFERENCE, Antoni Vaquer, ed., Groningen 2008, 153-163. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103826

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Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) ( email )

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Maastricht, NL-6200 MD
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