Category Archives: Conferences and Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: International Journal on Consumer Law and Practice

IJCLP is an annual peer reviewed journal which seeks to provide a forum for engaging in discussions on varied issues of National and International issues on Consumer Protection Laws. Following the third successful volume of the Journal and in continuance of the endeavor to encourage academic discourse and legal scholarship, the Board of Editors invites submissions for the fourth volume. The journal welcomes contributions from academicians, practitioners, students of law and allied fields.

IJCLP solicits submissions for its Volume VI to be launched in 2018. Authors can make submissions under the following heads:

  1. Articles and Research Papers (4,000-5,000 words inclusive of foot notes)
  2. Essay (3,000-4,000 words inclusive of foot notes)
  3. A Note (2,500 words inclusive of foot notes)
  4. A Case Comment, Legislative Briefs (2,500-3,000 words inclusive of foot notes )
  5. A Book Review ( 2,000 words inclusive of foot notes)

Authors can submit their written contribution addressed to Prof. (Dr.) Ashok R. Patil, Chief Editor, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Nagarbhavi Circle, Bengaluru 560072 and the same shall be e-mailed to [email protected] (MS word format) along with covering letter on or before 31st May 2018.

  1. Cover letter should include (i) Title of the Paper; (ii) Abstract (not exceeding 250 words); (iii) Name of the Author; (iv) Designation; (v) Institutional affiliation; (vi) Correspondence address. Co-authored papers should give full details about all the authors; (vii) along with CD
  2. Article should contain a disclaimer to the effect that the submitted paper is original and is not been published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  3. All citations shall be placed in footnotes and shall be in accordance with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Ed.
  4. All submissions will go through an initial round of review by the editorial board and the selected pieces will subsequently be sent for peer-review before finalization for publication.


Conference on Collective Redress in Consumer Disputes

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.

University of Pretoria Second International Consumer Law Conference 2016


20-22 September 2016


The Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa will host an international consumer law conference that will focus on relevant developments internationally and nationally in the field of consumer law. The conference theme is “Towards Aligning Consumer Protection in a Global Consumer Market”. The following aspects of consumer law will be covered:

 The consumer in the financial market  The over-indebted consumer
 The consumer and defective goods
 The consumer and e-commerce

 The vulnerable consumer
 The consumer and unfair marketing and commercial practices  The consumer and disclosure
 The consumer and contract terms
 Access to redress for consumers
 Ensuring a fair and competitive market for consumers

Conference highlights include presentations by renowned international and national experts in consumer law as well as the opportunity to network with colleagues in the global consumer law arena.

Kindly submit your abstract of no more than 450 words to Jani van Wyk at [email protected]

For further detailed information regarding the conference, please visit our conference website at:

Warm Regards
Prof Corlia van Heerden Chairperson: UPICLC Committee Department of Mercantile Law Law Faculty
University of Pretoria

Important Dates:

1. Final abstract submission: 30 April 2016

2. Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 May 2016

3. Registration: 31 July 2016

4. Full paper submission deadline: 20 August 2016

5. Payment deadline: 31 August 2016

6. Cancellation deadline: 31 August 2016

7. Opening of Conference: 20 September 2016 University of Pretoria, Faculty of Law,
Foyer of the Law Building.

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.

For more information:

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.

Supporting URL

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 2016

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

Consumer Protection: New Age Challenges


The National Law University Delhi, a premier national law university of India is announcing National Seminar on CONSUMER PROTECTION: NEW AGE CHALLENGES to be organised on February 19-20, 2016 at its campus in Dwarka, New Delhi.  This is being organised in collaboration with Centre for Consumer Studies, IIPA, the seminar aims to conduct a discussion amongst legal luminaries, academics, members of Voluntary Consumer Organizations (VCOs) and enforcement agencies at a time when the Indian Government is endeavouring to amend the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

The major theme of the programme will be “New Age Challenges in Consumer Protection”. The authors may choose any topic under this broad theme.


Well researched original research papers, case studies and survey reports are invited from the academics, practitioners, researchers, VCOs, students and other stakeholders working and interested in the field of consumer protection.

For any query please call: +919868449370, +919278888608 or e-mail us at[email protected]   by DECEMBER 10 2015

Link for the Seminar Brochure: