Many thanks for visiting. This site is, like every
other site, is "always under construction", though hopefully
a little faster than most. This page is about those little finicky
details like "Who wrote this?" and "How often does
it get updated?" and other questions that might occur to reasonable
people on reading these pages. If there is any question about it
that you would like answered about it, e-mail
are you?" I am Steve Hedley, of University
College Cork. I am always ready to listen to suggestions for
how this site can be improved. I am best contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
is the site based?" The site files are
held on a server at University
College Cork, run by UCC's computer staff. It used to be on the Cambridge Law Faculty server, but now is definitely gone from there. One way or another, the site
has been going since July 1998.
new?" Resources added in the last few months
are indicated with
- hold your mouse over the icon and it will tell you how recently.
For a list of recent additions go here.
large is the site?" The last time I checked
(August 2008) there were 3,143 files, totalling 124Mb. The high number of files is largely due to the RDG
archive (1,747 files) and archived materials (447 files).
if I've seen a mistake?" These pages are
regularly checked for errors, but if anything slips through
the net, so to speak, I would be delighted to be told of it
had a hard time finding my way around the site." There
is always room for improvement. If there is something you found
particularly puzzling, or if you have a specific suggestion,
I would be very interested to hear what it is - e-mail me at
are all the graphics for?" To make the
site look prettier, of course. If you can't guess what the tree
symbolises, then Congratulations - You have just failed Common
Legal Metaphors 101. The
other references are less obvious, and your failure to decode
them is hereby forgiven.
there a better way of organising the material, as there is so
much of it?" Yes, but most of the better
solutions involve organising the site around a database, which
is hard work. Believe me, I'm giving it active consideration.
Expect a solution later in the century, ho ho.
the R&R page a mistake?"
Probably. But nobody's perfect.
what is 'restitution', anyway?" The word
"restitution" is not an uncommon one. Even if we confine
ourselves to legal topics, it has a variety of meanings. For
the more technically-minded, see the page What
is Restitution? Briefly, I take it to refer to a major part
of private law, traditionally regarded as falling neither within
Contract, nor Tort, nor Property. Whether that tradition is
entirely accurate, or whether "restitution" is properly
to be seen as based on a general principle of unjust enrichment,
are not questions on which the website as such has a view, though
of course many writers, myself included, do. As to other legal
meanings of "restitution", note that the word fades
seamlessly into what lawyers might equally call "compensation"
- all good stuff, and all equally entitled to carry the name
"restitution" so far as I am concerned, but not what
this site is about.
is 'restitution' a coherent topic?" That
is actually a matter of some dispute - see particularly the
"Theory and History" page.
However, that hardly affects this website, which takes a catholic
approach within the academic tradition of the subject.
you heard about ...?"
I would be delighted to be told of additional resources
that deserve to be added to this site - please e-mail
me to let me know. Also, if you are looking for a home on
the WWW for some restitution material you have, then again I
would be happy to help.