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European Consumer Law

Second edition

Book | 2nd edition 2014 | Europe | Norbert Reich, Hans-Wolfgang Micklitz, Peter Rott, Klaus Tonner

EU consumer law is the core of European civil law. In recent years, in particular between the first edition of 2009 and this second edition, it has been subject to spectacular decisions by the Court of Justice of the European Union, with significant consequences for Member States’ law. This revised and thoroughly updated new edition follows and analyses this process in such important areas as unfair commercial practices, unfair terms, cross-border consumer protection, and product liability. There has been legislation in the area of consumer rights in distance and off-premise contracts, and very recently consumer ADR and ODR. Other projects are still in the pipeline, e.g. mortgage credit; another is subject to heated controversy, namely the proposed optional Common European Sales Law with an important part on consumer law. Even more importantly, the very concept of consumer and consumer protection has been subject to intense debate. Does EU law limit itself to the ‘informed consumer standard’, or should the ‘weaker’ or even the ‘vulnerable consumer standard’ be given more attention?

The original team of authors Hans W.-Micklitz, Norbert Reich and Peter Rott have been strengthened by the addition of Klaus Tonner. They have worked together to take a broad horizontal approach to the EU consumer law acquis, thereby reflecting on the history, achievements, recent trends and also shortcomings of EU law in this important field of law. The change from ‘minimum’ to ‘full’ or ‘targeted harmonisation’ is critically analysed, and the central role of the CJEU documented and emphasised.

‘This book, distilling insight from a much longer volume originally in German, offers a clear and authoritative survey of EU law developments.’
Luke Nottage in Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law (2016)

About the first edition of this book:
'[...] a publication of which the importance is high, also for the development of law in general'
In Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Burgerlijk Recht 5 (2009) 194

‘[…] stimulating, challenging and well-researched.’
Angus Johnston in Common Market Law Review (2010) 956

‘[...] the book provides a concise and up-to-date overview of European Consumer Law.’
Jan Schürnbrand in RabelsZ 74 (2010) 891

‘[…] certainly an important accomplishment.’
Marco B.M. Loos in 2011 ZEuP 447

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780684598
Series name Ius Communitatis
Weight 740 g
Status Available
Number of pages xlviii + 422 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Apr 2, 2014
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