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Vulnerable Consumers and the Law: Consumer Protection and Access to Justice

Edited by: Christine Riefa, Severine Saintier

ISBN13: 9780367204686
Published: October 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00



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This book charts the difficulties encountered by vulnerable consumers in their access to justice, through the contributions of prominent authors (academic, practitioners and consultants) in the field of consumer law and access to justice.

It demonstrates that despite the development of ADR, access to justice is still severely lacking for the vulnerable consumer. The book highlights that a broad understanding of access to justice, which encompasses good regulation and its public enforcement, is an essential ingredient alongside access to the mechanisms of traditional private justice (courts and ADR) to protect the vulnerable consumer. Indeed, many of the difficulties are linked to normative obstacles and lack of access to justice is primarily a vulnerability in itself that can exacerbate existing ones. In addition, because it may contribute to 'pushing' already vulnerable consumers into social exclusion it is not simply about economic justice but also about social justice.

The book shows that lack of access to justice is not irreversible nor is it necessarily linked to consumer apathy. New technologies could provide solutions. The book concludes with a plea for developing 'inclusive' justice systems with more emphasis on public enforcement alongside effective courts systems to offer the vulnerable with adequate means to defend themselves.

This book will be suitable for both students and practitioners, and all those with an interest in the justice system.

Subjects:
Consumer Law
Contents:
1. In search of (access to) justice for vulnerable consumers
Christine Riefa and Severine Saintier
2. Economic theory and consumer vulnerability: Exploring an uneasy relationship
Christine Riefa and Harriet Gamper
3. A Universal Perspective on vulnerability: International Definitions and Targets.
Robin Simpson
4. The legal definition of 'vulnerable' consumers in the UCPD: benefits and limitations of a focus on personal attributes
Eleni Kaprou
5. Vulnerable consumers in financial services and access to justice: the regulatory response
Sarah Brown
6. Regulating the consumer credit market - protecting vulnerable consumers
Nic Ryder and Dan Jasinski
7. Vulnerability in the UK Energy Market
Tim Dodsworth
8. Using 'stokvel' community values to combat financial exclusion
Andrew Hutchinson
9. The role of voluntary standards in improving outcomes for consumers in vulnerable situations
Julie Hunter
10. Improving courts and ADR to help vulnerable consumers access justice
Cosmo Graham
11. ODR and Access to Justice for vulnerable consumers: the case of the EU ODR Platform
Elisabetta Sciallis
12. Consumer ADR in the European Union and in Portugal as a means of ensuring consumer protection
Jorge Morais Carvalho
13. Online Dispute Resolution of Consumer Disputes, Vulnerable Consumers and New Technologies
Mateja Durovic and Plamena Markova
14. Using claims management as a method to help consumers on low income
Peter Rott
15. The way forward: for an 'inclusive

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