A great initiative from fellow consumer academics, under the impulsion of Dr Christine Riefa, one of our board members, has led to the development of a new free database to help all of us involved in consumer law teaching. The database was created thanks to the hard work of Joasia Lusak and the commitment of a number of members of the Female Consumer Law Collective. So far the databased is focussed on UK/EU scholarship, but the team hopes that it will inspire other localised initiatives… If you want to diversify your reading lists and include high profile female scholarship, check ZOTERO and search for Female Consumer Law Collective.: https://www.zotero.org/groups/2539563/consumer_law_female_collective_-_database
The team welcomes suggestions for new scholarship to be added. The database is organised as a teaching course – with week by week reading. Any comments, or congratulations gratefully received by the organisers! Email: [email protected]
The full team is composed of: Christine Riefa, Joasia Lusak, Charlotte Pavillon, Vanessa Mak, Andrea Fejos and Kristin Nemeth.
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Seminar 2 Autumn 2020 3 November 2020 13.00 (UK) – Zoom details sent nearer the time via email (register for our newsletter).
Jacolien Barnard, Associate professor at the University of Pretoria and attorney at law, South Africa and Emilia Miscenic, Associate Professor, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law, “Online consumer transactions and redress: A comparison with EU and SA consumer protection”.
Maria Lorena Flórez Rojas, Profesora Asistente, Universidad de los Andes, Columbia, “The spike of digital platforms in Colombia: a consumer-centric vision”.
Aneta Wiewiorowska Senior Researcher at the European Legal Studies Institute – Department for European Legal History and European Union Private Law at the Osnabrück University, “Have we missed the tipping point? On making the EU legal system”.
Peter Cartwright, Professor of Consumer Protection Law, University of Nottingham, “Taxonomy of Consumer Vulnerability after Covid-19”.
Shirish Deshpande, Chairman – MGP India, “Flight and Holiday Cancellations due to Pandemic”.
Patricia Suarez, Presidenta Asufin, “Spain and Covid”.
Session 2: 13.00-14.30
Giorgi Amiranashvili, Visiting Lecturer at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University; Assistant Professor at Tbilisi Open University; Senior Research Scientist at European University, “Measures for Consumer Protection Implemented by the Government of Georgia During Covid-19”.
Kristen Purcell, Chief Research Officer Consumer Report, “Financial Impact of Covid”.
Judith Fox, Clinical Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, “Consumer Housing Issues”.
Prof. Me. Afonso Carvalho de Oliva, Mestre em Direitos Humanos, Universidade Tiradentes, “The Brazilian emergency Income Aid bailout and post-COVID-19 consumers surveillance”.
Session 3: 14.30-15.00 Open Forum
Conference held on ZOOM – full connexion details sent via email – register to our newsletter to receive log-in information.
The current Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone one way or the other. It has also brought about a lot of uncertainty about the future, particularly regarding the availability of a vaccine and the lifting of international travel bans. The 18th Conference of the International Association of Consumer Law (IACL) was initially set to take place in Hamburg, Germany during July 2021. However, in view of the prevailing uncertainty regarding the ongoing pandemic, the IACL board and Institute for Financial Services in Hamburg, Germany (IFF), the organisers of the next IACL’s international conference, have jointly taken the decision to rather postpone the conference to 2022. The 2022 conference with the theme “Challenges and Unanswered Questions of Consumer Law” is tentatively set to take place in Hamburg, Germany during 13–15 July 2022. A main attraction of the bi-annual conference of the IACL is that it not only gives participants the opportunity to share their research with other participants (and delegates), but also to network and form meaningful research relationships. The lunches, tea breaks and social agenda cater for these opportunities. Using a virtual platform for the IACL conference will deprive delegates and participants of this integrated feature of the IACL conferences. The call for papers should follow in due course. Please continue to regularly check the IACL’s website, Facebook page and newsletters for the call for papers and further conference details.
In the meantime, we are fortunate that Prof Geraint Howells has an action packed programme of regular Webinars to fill the gap. Please check our Webinars page for more details.