last workshop of the series – 1st dec 2020

Chair: Geraint Howells.

Speakers:

Anat Rosenberg, Senior lecturer at the Radzyner Law School, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Israel, “Cultural legal history of advertising in Britain c. 1840-1914”

Marie-Eve Arbour, Professor, University of Laval, “Canadian perspectives on product safety

Luke Nottage, Professor, University of Sydney, “Improving the Effectiveness of the Consumer Safety System: Australian Reform in Asia-Pacific Context” (because of the time zone difference, Prof. Nottage will not be participating live. You can see his presentation at: https://japaneselaw.sydney.edu.au/2020/10/consumer-product-safety-system/. Please send any reactions to [email protected]).

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New Webinar on November, 3rd, 2020 13:00 (UK time)

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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”.

Autumn Webinar 01 Oct 2020

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Seminar 1 Autumn 2020: 1 October 2020 11.00 (UK) – Zoom details available through our newsletter. Register on this site for information.

Catalin-Gabriel Stanescu, Assistant Professor / Marie Curie Fellow, University of Copenhagen, “Abusive Debt Collection Practices in EU”.

Ashok Patil, Chair of Consumer Law and Practice, National Law School of India University Nagarbhavi, Bangalore, “Indian Consumer Protection Act, 2019: New Changes”.

Mateja Durovic, Reader in Contract and Commercial Law, King’s College London, “Modernisation of EU Consumer Law”.

Online Conference on ‘Impact of Covid on Consumers’: 25 September 2020 11.00 – 15.00 (UK) 30 minutes break at 12.30

All slides from the event are available on this website: https://www.iacl.net.au/conferences/online-conference-2020/

Session 1: 11-12.30

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”.

12.30-13.00 Break

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.

IACL Annual Conference Postponed due to Covid-19

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.

Call for Papers: Fourth University of Pretoria International Consumer Law Conference (UPICLC) – Proportionality and consumer regulation: Time for a balanced approach?

21-23 September 2020

The dynamics of the consumer market are such that it transcends borders and realms. The products and services traded in this market are evolving and changing on a daily basis. They are increasingly sophisticated and complex. 

We are now on the frontiers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which drives the search for a new regulatory landscape aligned with the challenges that this exciting epoch presents. If our aim is to protect consumers, especially vulnerable ones, we need to consciously consider, now more than ever, the type of approach we support. Is more intrusive and expansive regulation the answer? Should we completely rethink and innovate our approach to consumer protection and take it to new dimensions? Or do we need to consider a more balanced and proportional approach? 

We invite you to join us in this exciting debate where we can freely share ideas in the interest of expanding knowledge and shaping policy in the area of consumer protection. At the 4th University of Pretoria International Consumer Protection Law Conference, we would like to explore the concept of a balanced approach between proportionality and consumer regulation and how it affects all the various aspects, policies, theories, areas and rights that is considered to be part of Consumer Protection. This would include for example General Consumer Protection, Financial Consumer Protection and Credit Law, E-Commerce and other related areas. 

Send your abstract of no more than 500 words to Jani van Wyk at [email protected] by 30 June 2020.

Contact Jacolien Barnard at [email protected] or Jani van Wyk for more information

https://www.up.ac.za/cf-upiclc2020

In addition … African realities and approaches to Consumer Protection

The UPICLC 2020 will include a concurrent stream of presentations for participants from other African jurisdictions (or any other jurisdiction) to disseminate the position relating to the conference theme and the position in Africa or a particular African country/countries.  

We will also have a one-day workshop on 21 September 2020 facilitated by the Attorney General Alliance Africa (“AGA Africa”) on inter alia debt collection, credit reporting, privacy, e-commerce and secured transactions involving movable assets with a comparative perspective of the United States of America and how these transactions relate to the South African and African positions. Any other jurisdictions are welcome to attend!

Important information

Abstracts      Abstracts must be submitted no later than 30 June 2020 and must not exceed 500 words. The abstract must contain the following information of the candidate: title, surname, affiliated institution, position held at institution and an e-mail address where the candidate can be reached. This information does not form part of the word count for the abstract.

All abstracts are peer-reviewed. Candidates are requested to proofread their abstracts to ensure that the language and style is of high quality. 

All presentations at the conference will be in English and no provision is made for translators. As such, prospective participants need to be proficient in English or make provision for their own translators to accompany them. Feedback on submitted abstracts will be given within two weeks of date of submission of the abstracts

Venue      The conference will take place from 21 to 23 September 2020 at the new Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria. 

Accommodation is available at the venue and must be arranged directly with the venue. Visit the Future Africa website at www.futureafrica.science for more information.

Conference fee   3 500 ZAR which includes the AGA Africa-workshop, evening welcoming function, conference dinner, and refreshments and lunch on the days of the conference. Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. 

Masters and doctoral candidates, as well as post-graduate research fellows qualify for a reduced fee of 1 750 ZAR upon application to the conference committee. Delegates who only wish to attend one of the two conference days, together with the workshop, qualify for a reduced conference fee of 2 000 ZAR upon application to the conference committee.

Important dates

30 June 2020Last day for submission of abstracts
14 August 2020Last day for payment of conference fee
21 August 2020Publication of draft program on conference website
21 September 2020AGA Africa-workshopEvening: UPICLC Welcoming function
22 September 2020UPICLC Day OneEvening: UPICLC Conference dinner
23 September 2020UPICLC Day Two

Digital Consumer Contract Law and New Technologies Conference

Conference Day: 17-18 April 2020

General Aim and Outcome

2019, the EU adopted two new Directives in the field of consumer contract law: The Directive on Contracts for the Supply of Digital Content and Services 2019/770 and the Consumer Sales Directive 2019/771. Both directives harmonise key consumer contract law rules regarding digital content, digital services, and smart goods across the EU. 

At our Conference, international high-level experts from different European countries will deal with the scope and content of the new directives, their implications for industry and the question of how the new rules should be transposed in Member States. An additional panel will look at new technologies and business models (AI, blockchain, internet of bodies, Legal Tech) to see whether the new rules for consumer contracts are fit to deal with them.

Target Audience

The conference is suitable for all legal practitioners, academics, students, judges and government officials dealing with issues of digitalization and (consumer) contract law.

The conference forms part of the Project “PRG124 Protection of consumer rights in the Digital Single Market – contractual aspects”, funded by the Estonian Research Council. It is additionally supported by the Social Sciences Development Fund.

Organizers 

Prof. Dr. Karin Sein; Prof. Dr. Martin Ebers

For more information : https://sisu.ut.ee/digitalconsumercontractlawconference/avaleht