Category Archives: Conferences

2nd International Conference on Dispute Resolution of Consumer Mass Disputes Collective Redress, Class Actions and ADR

The Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa will hold its second international conference on resolution of mass disputes on March 16th-17th, 2017. This second conference is organized jointly with the European Institute in Florence, and City University of Hong Kong, and focuses primarily on international consumer disputes. It hosts a number of distinguished scholars and practitioners from different jurisdictions, including Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among the confirmed speakers are Professors John Coffee from Columbia Law School, Carrie Menkel-Meadow from UCI Law, Arthur Miller from NYU, Geraint Howells from City University of Hong Kong, Hans-Wolfgang Micklitz from the EUI, Diana Wallis former Vice President of the European Parliament and current president of the European Law Institute, and Adrian Zuckerman from the University of Oxford.

Faculty of Law, University of Haifa. March 16th-17th, 2017.

Amsterdam Conference July 2015

The theme of the 2015 International Association of Consumer Law conference was ‘virtues and consumer law’. The conference was hosted by the University of Amsterdam and took places in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The key question discussed during the conference was: what makes consumer protection law fit for consumers and businesses? This question was addressed from various angles, dealing with various virtues and their relation to consumer protection law.

The conference hosted 39 workshops (during 8 concurrent sessions) on themes such as Hope (in the era of a financial crisis), Fairness (against unfair commercial practices and against unfair terms), Compassion (in clinical trials and towards vulnerable consumers in financial sector), Forgiveness (through arbitration and ODR), Trust (through data protection) and Self-realization (in consumer contracts). Keynote speeches were held by, i.a., the late Norbert Reich (University of Bremen), Omri Ben-Shahar (University of Chicago), Carina Törnblom (European Commission), Verica Trstenjak (former Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union) and Oren Bar-Gil (Harvard University).

The conference was attended by well over 200 participants –academics, consumer advocates, business representatives and lawyers – from all over the world. The conference was organized by prof. dr. Marco Loos, dr. Joasia Luzak and Sacha Tamboer, LLM.

Towards a Common Private Law of Europe

Twenty years have already gone by since Part I of the Principles of European Contract Law (PECL) was published and more than ten since the whole project was completed. The PECL, together with Law enacted by the European Union (and its predecessors) have fostered intense activity among scholars in respect of the so-called European Contract Law. A new ius commune in this field seems to be increasingly accepted across the continent and subsequent proposals on Uniform rules for Contract Law have attracted the attention of stakeholders. Among these projects are the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) or the Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law (CESL).Great effort has been put into their preparation and also the analysis of their particular rules. The aforementioned proposals, however, still remain soft law with doubtful perspectives as regards enactment by the corresponding European institutions. At this stage, it is unclear whether the whole process of drafting uniform rules is still worthy to be pursued.

The conference aims to assess the current need for uniform rules in European Contract Law, taking into consideration its possible past benefits. The programme is structured according to the needs set out in the PECL: (i) the facilitation of cross-border trade within Europe and the strengthening of the internal market; (ii) the creation of an infrastructure for EU rules governing contracts; (iii) the provision of guidelines for national courts and legislatures; and (iv) the construction of a bridge between the Civil Law and the Common Law. These benefits were to a certain extent assumed by the subsequent projects and initiatives. The programme includes a fifth part which expects to analyse the influence of the European process on non-EU countries.The conference commemorates the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of the Kingdom of Spain in the EEC/EU and serves as the closing event for the Jean Monnet Module “Towards a Common Private Law of Europe”, granted to IE University.

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Personal Insolvency Conference

Personal Insolvency Conference: 7-9 September 2016 – Brisbane Australia

Final date for submission of abstracts: 7 March 2016

In 2016, the Insolvency & Restructuring group within the Queensland

University of Technology’s Commercial and Property Law Research Centre

will be hosting their first international conference.  While the current

focus in much insolvency scholarship or commentary is upon salvaging

economic value for large businesses facing financial collapse, the harsh

reality is that many more people experience financial stress as

over-indebted consumers or Œowners¹ of micro/small/medium sized


The conference will provide a forum for scholars and policy-makers to

discuss and present on the human experience of bankruptcy.

Key note addresses will be delivered by Professor Jay L. Westbrook, Benno

C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law, The University of Texas at Austin, and

Professor Iain Ramsay, Professor of Law, University of Kent.

Themes to be discussed at the conference include:

– Fresh start: rhetoric or reality?

– Policy tensions: fresh start v commercial certainty

– Personal insolvency law reform

– Alternatives to bankruptcy

– Multi-disciplinary insights

– Comparative approaches

– Lenders¹ perspectives

– Human rights

– The health effects of over-indebtedness

Our themes are deliberately broad and we welcome abstracts from all

disciplines and areas of expertise examining issues surrounding natural

person insolvency.

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Montreal Conference



 ÉCOLE d’été sur la protection du consommateur

Développements récents en droit national, comparé et international

 où ?                           Montréal (Québec, Canada)

 quand ?                   Lundi 4 au samedi 9 juillet 2016


  • Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation (GREDICC), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Montréal, Québec, Canada.
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brésil.


 Étudiants (le cours peut éventuellement être crédité), enseignants et chercheurs. 

  • Juges, avocats, professionnels et responsables d’associations professionnelles.
  • Fonctionnaires.
  • Responsables d’organisations de consommateurs ou autres acteurs du monde associatif.

interveNANTS        Professeurs d’universités (10) et experts en droit de la consommation du Canada, des États-Unis, du Brésil et des pays de l’Union européenne.


 4 juillet :         Fondements et enjeux contemporains du droit national, régional et international de la consommation – Principes directeurs des Nations unies 2015. Prof. Thierry Bourgoignie, Prof. Claudia Lima-Marques, Prof. Gilles Paisant, Robin Simpson.

5 juillet :         Environnement numérique et protection du consommateur – Protection des données personnelles – Produits numériques et propriété intellectuelle.

Prof. Vincent Gautrais, Prof. Roberto Pfeiffer, Robin Simpson.

6 juillet :          Au choix :

  • Crédit et surendettement du consommateur.

Prof. Gilles Paisant, Prof. Marc Lacoursière.

  • Sécurité des produits de consommation – Surveillance du marché – Infrastructure Qualité. Thierry Bourgoignie, Ivan Hendrikx.

7 juillet :          Modes de production et de consommation durables – Obsolescence programmée.

Prof. Fabien Durif, Prof. Patricia Galindo, Richard-Alexandre Laniel.

8 & 9 juillet : Accès à la justice et règlement des litiges – Actions collectives – Mise en œuvre transfrontières du droit de la consommation. Prof. Richard Alderman, Prof. Pierre-Claude Lafond, Prof. Geneviève Saumier, Eladio Lecej.

9 juillet :          Développements récents en droit national, régional et international (Open forum).

 Langues                              Français et anglais (avec traduction simultanée).

PLUS D’INFORMATIONS   Programme détaillé, droits et procédure d’inscription disponibles mi- décembre 2015 sur le site ou en contactant Prof. Thierry Bourgoignie à : [email protected]

!!! Save the dates !!!

SUMMER SCHOOL in CONSUMER law and policy

Recent developments in national, comparative and international law

 WHERE?                    Montreal (Quebec, Canada)

WHEN?                      Monday 4 to Saturday 9 JULY 2016


 Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation (GREDICC), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


 Students (possibility to have the course credited), academics and researchers.

  • Judges, lawyers, professionals, industry or trade associations.
  • Government and administration officials.
  • Consumer organizations and other NGO’s.

 LECTURERS             University professors (10) and first-rank senior experts in consumer law and policy from Canada, United States, Brazil and Europe.


 4 July :           Consumer policy today – Contemporary challenges – 2015 UN Guidelines on consumer protection. Prof. Thierry Bourgoignie, Prof. Claudia Lima-Marques, Prof. Gilles Paisant, Robin Simpson.

5 July :           Digital consumers – Personal data protection – Digital products and intellectual property.  Prof. Vincent Gautrais, Prof. Roberto Pfeiffer, Robin Simpson.

6 July :            Choice between  :

  • Consumer credit – Consumer overindebtedness. Gilles Paisant, Prof. Marc Lacoursière.
  • Product safety – Market surveillance- Quality infrastructure. Thierry Bourgoignie, Ivan Hendrikx.

7 July :           Sustainable production and consumption patterns – Planned obsolescence.

Prof. Fabien Durif, Prof. Patricia Galindo, Richard-Alexandre Laniel.

8 & 9 July :    Access to justice and consumer redress – Collective redress procedures – Cross-border enforcement of consumer law. Prof. Richard Alderman, Prof. Pierre-Claude Lafond, Prof. Geneviève Saumier, Eladio Lecej.

9 July :            Recent developments in consumer law and policy (Open forum).

 LanguAGEs                        French and English (with simultaneous translation).

 MORE INFORMATION      Detailed programme, registration fees and procedures available by mid-December 2015 at, or by contacting Prof.  Thierry BOURGOIGNIE at [email protected]



Evolução recente em direito nacional, comparado e internacional

 onde ?                      MontrEal (Quebec, Canadá)

quandO ?                De 4 a 9 de JULHO DE 2016 (segunda a sexta-feira)


  • Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation (GREDICC), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Montreal, Quebec, Canadá
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brasil


  • Professores, pesquisadores e estudantes. 
  • Juízes, advogados, membros do Ministério Público e da Defensoria Públicages, advogados, profissionais e responsáveis por associações profissionais.
  • Membros dos DPDC, dos Procons e demais servidores públicos.
  • Responsáveis pelas organizações de consumidores e outros atores sociais do mundo associativo.

 interveNIENTES           Professores universitários (10) e experts em Direito do Consumidor do Canadá, dos Estados Unidos, do Brasil e dos países integrantes da União Europeia.


 4 de julho :     Fundamentos e desafios contemporâneos do direito nacional, regional e internacional do consumidor – Princípios Norteadores das Nações Unidas 2015. Prof. Thierry Bourgoignie, Prof. Claudia Lima-Marques, Prof. Gilles Paisant, Robin Simpson.

5 de julho :     Ambiente digital e proteção dos consumidores – Proteção dos dados pessoais – Produtos virtuais e propriedade intelectual. Prof. Vincent Gautrais, Prof. Roberto Pfeiffer, Robin Simpson.

6 de julho :      A escolher :

  • Crédito e superendividamento do consumidor. Gilles Paisant, Prof. Marc Lacoursière.
  • Segurança dos produtos de consumo – Fiscalização do mercado – Infraestrutura Qualidade. Thierry Bourgoignie, Ivan Hendrikx.

7 de julho :      Produção e consumo sustentáveis  – Obsolescência programada.

Prof. Fabien Durif, Prof. Patricia Galindo da Fonseca, Richard-Alex. Laniel.

8 de julho :     Acesso à justiça e acordo entre as partes – Ações coletivas – Aplicação transfronteiriça do Direito do Consumidor. Prof. Richard Alderman, Prof. Pierre-Claude Lafond, Prof. Geneviève Saumier, Eladio Lecey.

9 de julho :     Evoluções recentes em direito nacional, regional e internacional

 IDIOMAS                              Francês e inglê (tradução simultânea).

mais informações     Programa detalhado, direitos e procedimento de inscrição disponíveis a partir da segunda quinzena de dezembro de 2015, no site ou contactando Prof. Thierry Bourgoignie à : [email protected]

NEW MEXICO – Teaching Consumer Law Conference

Call for Papers:

Teaching Consumer Law in Our Popular Culture and Social Media

Teaching Consumer Law Conference – Santa Fe, New Mexico, 20 & 21 May 2016

The Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law, is organizing its eighth international law teaching conference. The subject is “Teaching Consumer Law in Our Popular Culture and Social Media. The Conference will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the “City Different,” one of the most interesting cities in the United States.

The Conference will focus on traditional issues of consumer law, as well as how, if at all, the teaching of consumer law should be affected by popular culture and social media. The Conference is directed at those currently teaching or interested in teaching consumer law at the law school or college level. A discussion of prior Conferences may be found at:;;

The 2016 conference will deal with themes such as:

  • How should we integrate the increased use of social media into a consumer law course?
  • What innovations can we bring to the consumer law classroom to reflect popular culture?
  • Does we need more consumer regulation, or less? What is the impact in the US of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and how do you teach it?
  • Are there innovative ways to resolve consumer problems?  What are other countries doing?
  • How can we teach the multitude of subjects encompassed within the term “consumer law”?
  • International consumer law developments and innovations.
  • How do we deal with intra-state and intra-national consumer transactions?
  • Update on an area of consumer law.

Papers and presentations are invited on any of the above themes, or any other topic related to the teaching of consumer law. Proposed topics may discuss the law of any jurisdiction; however, the emphasis is on topics of interest to law school professors and those with an interest in entering the profession.

Those who wish to submit a paper or presentation topic are invited to forward a proposal including a brief abstract of not longer than 400 words and contact information for the author. The proposals should be sent to Richard M. Alderman at [email protected]. Proposals should be submitted no later than 15 January 2016. Authors will be promptly notified of acceptance. Final drafts of the papers that are to be included in the Conference materials are to be forwarded not later than the 1st of May 2016. The language of the conference is English. Conference registration fees will be waived for all presenters. Some scholarships are available for travel and room costs. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law,

If you are not sure about a proposal, but simply want to be placed on our mailing list for more information about the Conference, visit