restitutio in integrum


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restitutio in integrum

‘putting things back the way they were’, originally a remedy in Roman law allowing a party to be restored against his own deed. It has now come to be part of the process of RESCISSION of contract in English law and in Scots law. Generally, a party will be allowed to rescind only if he can effect restitutio in integrum. More broadly, representative of the principle of justice which underlies tort and delict and states the object of an award of damages for wrongdoing in so far as money can effect restoration.