EU Consumer Law and Human Rights

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Publication Date 2013
ISBN 978-0-19-965197-9
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Traditionally, consumer law has played an instrumental role in the EU as a tool for market integration. There are now signs in the new EU legal framework and jurisprudence that this may be changing. The Lisbon Treaty contains provisions affecting consumer law and, at the same time, it grants binding legal force to the EU Charter, which in turn adds a fundamental rights dimension to consumer protection. This evolution, however, is still at an early stage and may be thwarted by conflicting trends. Moreover, it may generate tensions between social objectives and economic goals.

This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of these developments and examines new avenues that may be opening for consumer law, focusing on three key areas: financial services, electronic communication and access to justice. Through a systematic analysis of relevant cases, the book traces the development of a human rights dimension in consumer law and details the ramifications that the post-Lisbon legal framework may have on consumer protection and policy. This book concludes by proposing new directions in consumer law, striking a compromise between social and economic demands.

Readership: Academics and EU law practitioners in private law, human rights, constitutional law and constitutional theory, and consumer law.

Table of contents:
1: Introduction
2: Consumer Law and the Market
3: Consumer Protection and Human Rights
4: Consumers and Human Rights: A Broader Perspective to Consumer Protection
5: Consumer Protection and Financial Contracts
6: Electronic Communication, Conflicting Fundamental Rights and Participation
7: Access to Justice of Consumers and Procedural Rights
8: Conclusion

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