Principles of the Law of Restitution in Singapore


Principles of the Law of Restitution in Singapore

Author Tang Hang Wu
Publication Date August 2019
ISBN 9789811420368
Publisher Singapore Academy of Law


The law of restitution is a complex area of private law that many people are unfamiliar with. This is the first book in Singapore dedicated to restitution law, and it provides an explanation of the concepts of restitution law with regard to two different parts: unjust enrichment and recompense for wrongs. Only in the 1990s did the prohibition of unjust enrichment as an independent legal principle capable of establishing causes of action gain acceptance in Singapore as an autonomous branch of the common law. 

Principles of the Law of Restitution exposes readers to the major principles and debates in restitution law, with the organising themes of unjust enrichment and recompense for wrongs. The core elements of reparation law are explained using leading judgements from Singapore and other Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Author(s) of Principles of the Law of Restitution:

Tang Hang Wu is a Professor of Law at Singapore Management University's School of Law and the Director of the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia. Hang Wu's work has been cited by Singapore courts at all levels, the Royal Court of Jersey, the Caribbean Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Malaysia, Commonwealth law reform committees, major textbooks, and law journals. Aside from his academic work, Hang Wu consults with members of Singapore's legal profession and relevant government ministries on complicated legal matters involving restitution, property, trusts, and charities, and frequently represents them in Singapore courts. In international litigation and arbitration processes, he is regularly sought as an expert witness on Singapore law.

TABLE OF CONTENTS of Principles of the Law of Restitution in Singapore

  1. Introduction
  2. At the Plaintiff’s Expense
  3. Enrichment
  4. Mistake
  5. Interference with Ownership or Ignorance or Lack of Consent
  6. Failure of Consideration
  7. Duress, Undue Influence and Unconscionable Transactions
  8. Illegality
  9. Restitution for Wrongs
  10. Restitution and Proprietary Remedies
  11. Change of Position
  12. Other Defences

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