Prior IACL Conferences

15th International Conference

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.

14th International Conference

The 14th International Conference on Consumer Law was held at the University of Sydney, Australia with the theme of ‘diversity’ – of consumers, products and regulatory techniques from July 2 to July 4 2013. Participants came from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to give papers and contribute to discussion. The conference was organised by Professor Gail Pearson from the University of Sydney with help from Professor Eileen Webb from the University of Western Australia. The conference built on the recent introduction of the Australian Consumer Law to explore issues including centralised or divergent regulatory practices, special protection for vulnerable consumers, international protection of tourists as consumers, the digital marketplace, collective actions, and maintained the strong tradition of cutting edge work on consumer credit and finance.

13th International Conference

The 13th International Conference on Consumer Law, was organised under the auspices of the International Association of Consumer Law ( by Brunel University West London, in Uxbridge, UK on June 27-29, 2011, led by Dr Christine Riefa. The theme of the conference was Protecting Consumers in Economic Rescessions. Consumer law scholars along with scholars from other disciplines participated. This conference offered a unique reflection on how consumer protection and consumer policy fare in uncertain economic times and documented how consumers have seen their protection evolve over a few years of economic difficulty.

12th International Conference

12th IACL International Conference Consumer Law – Globalisation, Poverty and Development The 12th International Conference on Consumer Law, was organised by the NALSAR University of Law ( in Hyderabad, India on February 25-27, 2009. Consumer law scholars from all parts of the world attended. The organising committee in Hyderabad, was chaired by Professor Ghansyam Singh and included Dr. Vidyullatha Reddy