Research guides

Restatement of Restitution


"The Restatement of [Restitution] deals with situations in which one person is accountable to another on the ground that otherwise he would unjustly benefit or the other would unjustly suffer loss." General Scope Note to Restatement of Restitution, at 1 (Am. Law Inst. 1937).

Jenkins has access to the Restatement of the Law of Restitution in print, on the library's Westlaw computers, and on the member database HeinOnline. Use this guide to find out more about this Restatement and how to access it.

Series Information

The third series of Restitution was published in 2011. Select case citation sources to the third series of Restitution may include case citations from July 1986 to present to the first and second series of Restatement of Restitution.

The second series of Restitution was started in 1981 but discontinued without a final product. Draft publications are available in print and on HeinOnline. Select case citation sources may include case citations to the second series with the first and third series of Restitution.

The first series of Restitution was published in 1937. Select case citation sources may include case citations from July 1986 to present with the third series of Restitution.

See the Annotations page of this guide for more information about finding case citations.

Research Tip

For more information about the different Restatement series, see the About the Restatements page of this guide.

Superseded Status

For information on superseded status, see the publication page at or contact the American Law Institute.

Parallel Tables

To help researchers navigate between the different Restatement series, ALI includes "parallel tables", found before the index of most Restatement subjects. These tables show corresponding section numbers between two series of Restatements. Some parallel tables may connect section numbers of the final Restatement with one or more earlier drafts. When using these parallel tables to find where an older series (or draft) section is located in a newer series, be sure to check all volumes of the current series - the parallel tables only point to the sections found in that particular volume.

Parallel Tables found in the back of volume 2 of the Restatement (Third) Restitution show corresponding Restatement (Third) Restitution and the Restatement of Restitution (1937) section numbers.

Parallel Tables found in the back of the Restatement of Restitution (1937) show corresponding Restatement of Restitution (1937), Tentative Draft, and Proposed Final Draft section numbers.