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Consumer Law

Edited by: Thomas Wilhelmsson, Geraint Howells

ISBN13: 9781788111430
Published: July 2019
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback, 2 Volumes
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This two-volume set contains a compilation of path-breaking and well-cited literature as well as otherwise original contributions to the international debate on consumer protection. It focuses in particular on the role and policy of consumer law as well as on the approaches and methods of research in this domain. Key papers regarding the various instruments and issues surrounding consumer law are included. The picture that emerges from this title is an area of law that is profoundly international and multidisciplinary. This collection will be a useful tool for consumer law researchers and valuable to those engaged by this popular practice area.

Subjects:
Consumer Law
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction Thomas Wilhelmsson and Geraint Howells
PART I ROLE AND POLICY OF CONSUMER LAW
A Goals and Purpose of Consumer Law
1. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2003), ‘United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection (As Expanded in 1999)‘, New York, NY, USA: United Nations, accessed on 26th September 2018, 1–11, www.un.org/esa/sustdev/publications/consumption_en.pdf
2. John F. Kennedy (1962), ‘Special Message to the Congress on Protecting the Consumer Interest’, American Presidency Project, published online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, accessed on 26th September 2018, 1–9, www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/special-message-the-congress-protecting-the-consumer-interest
3. Michael J. Trebilcock (1975), ‘Winners and Losers in the Modern Regulatory System: Must the Consumer Always Lose’, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 13 (3), December, 619–47
4. Iain Ramsay (1985), ‘Framework for Regulation of the Consumer Marketplace’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 8 (4), December, 353–72
5. Norbert Reich (1992), ‘Diverse Approaches to Consumer Protection Philosophy’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 14 (3), September, 257–92
6. Sinai Deutch (1994), ‘Are Consumer Rights Human Rights?’, Osgoode Hall Law Journal , 32 (3), Fall, 537–78
7. Thomas Wilhelmsson (2004), ‘The Abuse of the “Confident Consumer” as a Justification for EC Consumer Law’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 27 (3), September, 317–37
8. Peter Cartwright (2015), ‘Understanding and Protecting Vulnerable Financial Consumers’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 38 (2), June, 119–38
B Sustainability and Consumer Law
9. Sothi Rachagan (2018), ‘Development and Consumer Law’, in Geraint Howells, Iain Ramsay and Thomas Wilhelmsson (eds), Handbook of Research on International Consumer Law: Second Edition, Chapter 3, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 35–63
10. Klaus Tonner (2000), ‘Consumer Protection and Environmental Protection: Contradictions and Suggested Steps Towards Integration’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 23 (1), March, 63–78
C Consumer and Competition Law
11. Angus MacCulloch (2018), ‘The Consumer and Competition Law’, in Geraint Howells, Iain Ramsay and Thomas Wilhelmsson (eds), Handbook of Research on International Consumer Law: Second Edition, Chapter 4, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 64–89
PART II APPROACHES AND METHODS OF CONSUMER LAW RESEARCH
A Consumer Law and General Private Law
12. Hans-W. Micklitz (1999), ‘Principles of Social Justice in European Private Law’, Yearbook of European Law, 19 (1), January, 167–204
13. Brigitta Lurger (2011), ‘The ‘Social’ Side of Contact Law and the New Principle of Regard and Fairness’ in Arthur Hartkamp, Martijn Hesselink, Ewould Hondius, Chantal Mak and Edgar du Perron (eds), Towards a European Civil Code: Forth Revised and Expanded Edition, Chapter 15, Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer, 353–86
B Empirical and Behavioural Research
14. Ian Ayres (1991), ‘Fair Driving: Gender and Race Discrimination in Retail Car Negotiations’, Harvard Law Review, 104 (4), February, 817–72
15. Oren Bar-Gill (2007), ‘The Behavioural Economics of Consumer Contracts’, Minnesota Law Review, 92 (3), February, 749–802
16. Oren Bar-Gill, Omri Ben-Shahar and Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (2017), ‘Searching for the Common Law: The Quantitative Approach of Restatement of Consumer Contracts’, University of Chicago Law Review, January, 84 (7), Winter, 7–35
17. Anne-Lise Sibony (2015), ‘Can EU Consumer Law Benefit From Behavioural Insights’, in Klaus Mathis (ed.), European Perspectives on Behavioural Law and Economics (Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship), Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 901–41
C Comparative Consumer Law
18. Geraint Howells and Thomas Wilhelmsson (1997), ‘EC and US Approaches to Consumer Protection – Should the Gap Be Bridged?’ Yearbook of European Law, 17 (1), November, 207–67
19. James Q. Whitman (2007), ‘Consumerism Versus Producerism: A Study in Comparative Law’, Yale Law Journal, 117 (3), December, 340–406
D EU Consumer Policy
20. Jules Stuyck (2000), ‘European Consumer Law After the Treaty of Amsterdam: Consumer Policy in or Beyond the Internal Market’, Common Market Law Review, 37 (2), May, 367–400
21. Stephen Weatherill (2012), ‘The Consumer Rights Directive: How and Why a Quest for “Coherence” Has (Largely) Failed’, Common Market Law Review, 49 (4), June, 1279–317
Contents:
Introduction An introduction to both volumes by the editors appears in Volume I
PART I INFORMATION AND RIGHT OF WITHDRAWAL
1. William C. Whitford (1973), ‘The Function of Disclosure Regulation in Consumer Transactions’, Wisconsin Law Review, 68 (2), October, 400–70
2. Gillian K. Hadfield, Robert Howse and Michael J. Trebilcock (1998), ‘Information-Based Principles for Rethinking Consumer Protection Policy’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 21 (2), June, 131–69
3. Geraint Howells (2005), ‘The Potential and Limits of Consumer Empowerment by Information’, Journal of Law and Society, 32 (3), September, 349–70
4. Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider (2011), ‘The Failure of Mandated Disclosure’, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 159 (3), February, 647–749
5. Pamaria Rekaiti and Roger Van den Bergh (2000), ‘Cooling-Off Periods in the Consumer Law of the EC Member States: A Comparative Law and Economics Approach’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 23 (4), December, 371–407
PART II UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES
6. Jules Stuyck, Evelyne Terryn and Tom Van Dyck (2006),’Confidence Through Fairness? The New Directive on Unfair Business-to-Consumer Commercial Practices in the Internal Market’, Common Market Law Review, 43 (1), October, 107–52
PART III UNFAIR CONSUMER TERMS
7. Alan Schwartz and Louis L. Wilde (1983), ‘Imperfect Information in Markets for Contract Terms: The Examples of Warranties and Security Interests’, Virginia Law Review, 9 (8), November, 1387–485
8. Hans Erich Brandner and Peter Ulmer (1991), ‘The Community Directive on Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts: Some Critical Remarks on the Proposal Submitted by the EC Commission’, Common Market Law Review, 28, October, 647–62
9. Hugh Beale (1995), ‘Legislative Control of Fairness: The Directive on Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts’, in Jack Beatson and Daniel Friedman (eds), Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law, Chapter 9, Oxford, UK and New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press, 231–61
10. Hans-W. Micklitz and Norbert Reich (2014),’The Court and Sleeping Beauty: The Revival of the Unfair Contract Terms Directive (UCTD)’, Common Market Law Review, 51 (3), October, 771–808
11. Mindy Chen-Wishart (2014), ‘Regulating Unfair Terms’, in Louise Gullifer and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), English and European Perspectives on Contract and Commercial Law: Essays in Honour of Hugh Beale, Chapter 7, Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing, 105–30
12. Chris Willett (2012), ‘General Clauses and the Competing Ethics of EU Consumer Law in the UK’, Cambridge Law Journal, 71 (2), July, 412–40
PART IV CONSUMER SALES
13. George L. Priest (1981), ‘A Theory of the Consumer Product Warranty’, Yale Law Journal, 90 (6), May, 1297–352
PART V DIGITALISATION
14. Colin Scott (2004), ‘Regulatory Innovation and the Online Consumer’, Law and Policy, 26 (3-4), August, 477–506
15. Natali Helberger, M.B.M. Loos, Lucie Guibault, Chantal Mak and Lodewijk Pessers (2013),‘Digital Content Contracts for Consumers’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 36 (1), March, 37–57
16. Arun Sundararajan (2016),’The Shifting Landscape of Regulation and Consumer Protection’, in The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism, Chapter 6, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, USA: MIT Press, 131–58
PART VI CONSUMER CREDIT
17. Iain Ramsay (1995),’Consumer Credit Law, Distributive Justice and the Welfare State’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 15 (2), July, 177–97
18. Udo Reifner (2007), ‘Renting a Slave – European Contract Law in the Credit Society’ in Thomas Wihelmsson, Elina Paunio and Annika Pohjolainen (eds), Private Law and the Many Cultures of Europe, Chapter 17, The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 325–42
19. Toni Williams (2007), ‘Empowerment of Whom and for What? Financial Literacy Education and the New Regulation of Consumer Financial Services’, Law and Policy, 29 (2), April, 226–56
20. Thomas Wilhelmsson (1990), ‘”Social Force Majeure” – A New Concept in Nordic Consumer Law’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 13 (1), March, 1–14
PART VII PRODUCT LIABILITY
21. David G. Owen (1993), ‘The Moral Foundations of Products Liability Law: Towards First Principles’, Notre Dame Law Review, 68 (3), September, 427–506
22. Geraint G. Howells and Mark Mildred (1998), ‘Is European Products Liability More Protective Than the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Product Liability?’, Tennessee Law Review, 65, November, 985–1030
23. Mathias Reimann (2003),‘Liability for Defective Products at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century: Emergence of a Worldwide Standard?’, American Journal of Comparative Law, 51 (4), October, 751–838
24. Aaron D. Twerski and James A. Henderson Jr. (2009), ‘Manufacturers’ Liability for Defective Product Designs: The Triumph of Risk Utility’, Brooklyn Law Review, 74 (3), December, 1061–108
PART VIII SERVICES OF GENERAL INTEREST
25. Peter Rott (2005), ‘A New Social Contract Law For Public Services? – Consequences from Regulation of Services of General Economic Interest in the EC’, European Review of Contract Law, 1 (3), September, 323–45
Index