(latest post – 11/09/2020)
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.
(original post) Announcement of the IACL’s 2021 conference host
The IACL received two excellent bids to host the 2021 conference. The one bid was prepared by Santa Fe city, province of Santa Fe, Argentina, Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences, Litoral National University (prepared under the leadership of Prof Sebastián Barocelli from the University of Buenos Aires) to host the conference in Santa Fe in Argentina. The other bid was to host the conference in Hamburg, Germany and it was prepared by the Institute for Financial Services (IFF) (under the leadership of Dr Sally Peters and Prof. Dr Udo Reifner), an independent non-profit organization which was founded in 1987. After a rigorous voting process by the board of the IACL the bid was awarded to Hamburg. We congratulate the IFF for winning the bid to host the next IACL conference! The call for conference papers and more details regarding the 2021 conference in Hamburg (provisionally scheduled for July 2021) will follow in due course.
Prof Michelle Kelly-Louw
President of the International Association of Consumer Law