Past Non-IACL Consumer Conferences



March 2017

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.


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.


July 2016



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]


June 2016

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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February 2016

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:


December, 2014

The annual Australasian Consumer Law Roundtable will be held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia on December 1-2 2014. Contact Nicola Howell. The theme of the 2014 Roundtable is: “looking back, looking forward.” Australia and New Zealand have both implemented major changes in consumer and consumer credit law in recent years. In Australia, there has been the implementation of the Australian Consumer law in 2010, and the National Consumer Credit Protection Act in 2009, with further enhancements in 2010, and 2012.ln New Zealand, there has been major changes to the Consumer Guarantees Act, Fair Trading Act, and Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act, with these changes to be implemented progressively from 2013 to 2015. Looking forward, in Australia there are current proposals to extend the unfair terms protectionito small businesses. The Roundtable will consider whether the reforms are achieving their goals, where they may have fallen short, and what changes might still be needed. The discussion will take place in the shadow of major relevant inquiries in Australia including the Financial System Inquiry (the Murray Inquiry) and Competition Policy Review (the Harper Review) and the proposed review of the Australian Consumer law in 2016. An innovation this year is a Teaching Consumer Law Workshop to be held the day before the Roundtable.

Australasian Consumer Law Roundtable Flyer »


November 6-9, 2014, Tampa, FL

Consumer Rights Litigation Conference

Without a doubt, this is the most important event of the year for attorneys who represent consumers. No matter you