The Yearbook of Consumer Law provides a valuable outlet for high quality scholarly work which tracks developments in the consumer law field with a domestic, regional and international dimension. The 2009 volume presents a range of peer-reviewed scholarly articles, analytical in approach and focusing on specific areas of consumer law such as credit, consumer redress and the impact of the European Union on consumer law. The book also includes a section dedicated to significant developments during the period covered, such as key legislative developments and important court decisions. It is an essential resource for all academics and practitioners working in the areas of consumer law and policy.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Part 1 Articles 2009: Crisis or future of European consumer law?, Norbert Reich; The status of consumers in EC liberalisation directives, Paul Nihoul; The impact of the European Union on consumer policy in Malta: a mixed blessing?, Paul Edgar Micallef; The limits of competition: reasserting a role for consumer protection and fair trading regulation in competitive markets, Nicola Howell and Therese Wilson; The consumer protection code: regulatory innovation from the Irish financial regulator, Mary Donnelly; Re-regulating unsecured consumer credit in Japan: over-indebted borrowers, the supreme court, and new legislation, Souichirou Kozuka and Luke Nottage; Consumer collective redress in the European Union: the 'Italian case', Cristina PoncibÃ²; The future of consumer law in the United States - hello arbitration, bye-bye courts, so-long consumer protection, Richard M. Alderman. Part 2 Current Developments: Unfair Commercial Practices: The unfair commercial practices directive - alternatives in UK law, Alan Barron; Recent amendments to Maltese consumer law - transposition of the unfair commercial practices directive and changes to the regulatory regime, Paul Edgar Micallef. Credit: Secret commissions and overseas purchases: the good news for customers in 2007, James Ross. General: A critical (re)view of the Spanish Act on improvement of consumers protection concerning long term contracts (Act 44/2006, of 29 December), Susana Navas Navarro; France: a new law for 'the development of competition for the benefit of consumers', Alexandre Regniault; EC passenger law running on track - the regulation on rail passengers' rights and obligations, Jens Karsten; Future prospects for 'class actions' in Europe, Andrew Laidlaw.
Deborah Parry is an independent consultant on consumer law matters, having previously been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull. Annette Nordhausen is Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester, UK. She was previously a lawyer in commercial practice in northern Germany and a member of the law faculty of UniversitÃ¤t Bremen. She has written mainly on contract related aspects of consumer law as well as e-commerce law (both in German and English). She advises government departments and has co-authored a number of studies for government departments in the UK as well as in Germany. She is the co-author of several standard works on consumer law and is consulted regularly by government departments, consumer law enforcement agencies and trade bodies. Geraint Howells is Professor of Law at Lancaster University, and barrister at Gough Square Chambers. He has written widely on Consumer Law including Consumer Protection Law and EC Consumer Law published by Ashgate and regularly advises NGOs and governmental bodies. Christian Twigg-Flesner is a Reader in Law at the University of Hull, UK. His publications include Consumer Product Guarantees (Ashgate, 2003), and he has co-authored a number of reports for the Department of Trade and Industry.
'...The Yearbook of Consumer Law 2009 is vital reading for anyone studying or practising in this fascinating and fast-moving area of law. It is quickly gaining a reputation as the leading consumer law journal by including articles that are expertly selected, thought provoking and (most importantly) relevant. The continued approach of including articles from other jurisdictions (like Malta) means the reader is able to compare UK law to international law and look at how the law may develop. If the editors maintain the quality, like I am sure they will do, The Yearbook of Consumer Law 2009 will remain a favourite of mine for years to come.' The Student Law Journal