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European Consumer Protection: Theory and Practice

Edited by: James Devenney, Mel Kenny

ISBN13: 9781107013018
Published: April 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

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This volume analyses the theory and practice of European consumer protection in the context of consolidation initiatives seen, inter alia, in the revision of the Consumer Acquis, the Draft Common Frame of Reference and the proposal for an EU Consumer Rights Directive.

The issues addressed are all the more significant given the revisions to the proposed Directive, the appointment of an 'Expert Group on a Common Frame of Reference' and the Commission's 2010 Green Paper on progress towards a European Contract Law.

The contributions to this volume point to the arrival of a contested moment in EU consumer protection, questioning the arrival of the 'empowered' consumer and uncovering the fault lines between consumer protection and other goals. What emerges is a model of poly-contextual EU consumer protection law, a model that challenges the assumptions in both the 2010 Green Paper and the revised proposed Consumer Rights Directive.

Consumer Law
Introduction James Devenney and Mel Kenny
Part I. Consumer Protection Strategies and Mechanisms in the EU
1. From minimal to full to 'half' harmonisation Norbert Reich
2. Comment: the future of EU consumer law - the end of harmonisation? Christian Twigg-Flesner
3. Two levels, one standard? The multi-level regulation of consumer protection in Europe Vanessa Mak
4. A modernisation for European consumer law? Cristina Poncib-
5. Effective enforcement of consumer law: the comeback of public law and criminal law Peter Rott
6. E-consumers and effective protection: the online dispute resolution system Immaculada Barral-Vinals
7. Unfair terms and the draft common frame of reference: the role of non-legislative harmonisation and administrative co-operation? James Devenney and Mel Kenny
Part II. Conceptualising Vulnerability
8. The definition of consumers in EU consumer law Bastian Schuller
9. Recognising the limits of transparency in EU consumer law Chris Willett and Martin Morgan-Taylor
10. The best interests of the child and EU consumer law and policy: a major gap between theory and practice? Amandine Garde
11. Protecting consumers of gambling services: some preliminary thoughts on the relationship with European consumer protection law Alan Littler
Part III. Contextualising Consumer Protection in the EU
12. Consumer protection and overriding mandatory rules in the new Rome I regulation Christopher Bisping
13. Determining the applicable law for breach of competition claims in the Rome II regulation and the need for effective consumer collective redress Lorna Gillies
14. Horse sales: the problem of consumer contracts from a historical perspective Warren Swain
15. The role of private litigation in market regulation: beyond 'legal origins' Axel Halfmeier
16. Advertising, free speech and the consumer Paul Wragg
17. Are consumer rights human rights? Monika Jagielska and Mariusz Jagielski
18. Consumer protection in a normative context: the building blocks of a consumer citizenship practice Jim Davies
19. Recommended changes to the definitions of 'auction' and 'public auction' in the proposal for a directive on consumer rights Christine Reifa
20. Consumer law regulation in the Czech Republic in the context of EU law: theory and practice Blanka Tomancakova
21. Resistance towards the unfair terms directive in Poland: the interaction between the consumer acquis and a post-socialist legal culture Rafal Manko
Part IV. Conclusions
22. European consumer protection: theory and practice Mel Kenny and James Devenney.