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Collective enforcement of consumer Law

Collective enforcement of consumer Law
securing compliance in Europe through private group action and public authority intervention

  • ISBN: 9789076871806
  • Editorial: Europa Law Publishing
  • Lugar de la edición: Groningen. Países Bajos
  • Colección: European Studies in Private Law
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 254
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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In the 1970s and 1980s, the consumer rights movement in Europe primarily focussed on improving consumer rights by way of changing the substantive law. Moreover, from the second half of the 1980s onwards, consumer law increasingly became of interest to the European Union. In the eyes of the European Commission, consumer law was and is instrumental to the establishment and completion of the internal market. As a result of this instrumentalist view of consumer law, the emphasis in European consumer law was often put on correcting information asymmetries by imposing duties to inform on sellers and service providers, often combined with the introduction on cooling-off periods and rights of withdrawal. Since the beginning of the 21st century, however, a new trend seems to emerge. Apart from legislation supporting the development of new markets and marketing techniques (e-commerce, distance selling and distance marketing of financial services), the attention is gradually shifting from improving consumer rights through substantive law to improving access to consumer justice. There are at least two aspects to this latter trend. On the one hand, European policy-makers tend to promote alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, online dispute resolution, informal dispute resolution boards, arbitrational courts etc. On the other hand, following positive experience in especially the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries, the individual enforcement of consumer rights was supplemented by collective action schemes, either entitling (private law) consumer organisations to act on behalf of the collective of consumers, or establishing regulatory agencies in public law to do so.

Eds. Willem H.van Boom and Marco Loos


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