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The Active Role of Courts in Consumer Litigation

Applying EU Law of the National Courts' Own Motion

Book | 1st edition 2018 | United Kingdom | Anthi Beka

‘This book makes an enormous original and critical contribution to the development of consumer law and European civil procedure. (…) This book is set to become an essential reference for the judge, lawyer, law reformer, policy-maker and consumer advocate.‘ -- Padraic Kenna, European Consumer and Market Law, 2020

The Active Role of Courts in Consumer Litigation traces the emergence of a specific EU Law doctrine governing the role of the national courts in proceedings involving consumers that whilst only established more recently, has already become an important benchmark for effective consumer protection.

According to the ‘active consumer court’ doctrine, developed in the case-law of the CJEU, national courts are required to raise, of their own motion, mandatory rules of EU consumer contract law, notably those protecting consumers from the use of unfair terms. This results in the strengthening of procedural consumer protection standards in ordinary proceedings but also in payment order proceedings, consumer insolvency proceedings or repossession proceedings directed against the primary family residence of the mortgage debtor.

The considerations of contractual imbalance will now have to be taken into account in court proceedings leading, where necessary, to the reform of national procedural safeguards to protect the weaker contractual party.

Dr Anthi Beka is a legal administrator with the chambers of Judge M. Vilaras in the Court of Justice of the European Union. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Law, University of Luxembourg.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780686172 / 9781780687674
Weight 648 g
Status Available
Number of pages xxxiv + 376 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Sep 10, 2018
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Available on Strada Belgique No
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  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Doctrine of the Active Consumer Court in Context
  • Chapter 1. Setting the Scene - Europeanization of Consumer Procedural Law and Judicial Protection of Human Rights
  • Chapter 2. The General Rule on the Application of Union Law by National Courts of their own Motion
  • Chapter 3. National Perspectives on the Application of Union Law by National Courts of their own Motion
  • Part II. The Emergence and Distinctive Features of the Active Consumer Court Doctrine
  • Chapter 4. The Establishment, Refinement and Consequences of the Application of the Active Consumer Court Doctrine
  • Chapter 5. The Impact of the Active Consumer Court Doctrine in Specific Proceedings
  • Chapter 6. The Influence and Effectiveness of the Active Consumer Court Doctrine on National Legal Systems