2024 Teaching Consumer Law Conference

“Teaching Consumer Law in a Changing Environment”

Santa Fe, New Mexico

May 17 & 18, 2024

Special supplemental session for clinical faculty, May 16.

The Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice at the UC Berkeley School of Law and The Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center are proud to present the thirteenth biennial international Teaching Consumer Law Conference. The conference is presented in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

As in the past, the Teaching Conference has combined forces with the Law School Consumer Clinics Conference – so the program will begin with a full day devoted exclusively to consumer clinical education. If you are interested in or have questions about the Clinics Conference on May 16, please email Ted Mermin ([email protected]) and/or Ben Hiebert ([email protected]).

This year’s subject is “Teaching Consumer Law in a Changing Environment.” The Conference will be held at the Drury Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the “City Different,” one of the oldest and most interesting cities in the United States.

Please review the information below carefully, and let us know if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Fe in May.

Richard Alderman

Nathalie Martin

Ted Mermin

Conference Chairs

Call for Presentations

Please review the Call for Presentations page closely for information on the substantive focus of the conference, the nature of the sessions, and expectations for proposals.  Proposals are due February 15, 2024.

Submitting a proposal is not required for conference attendance. (See “Registration” section below.)


Date: May 17-18, 2024

Location: Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM (see “Hotel Accommodations” section below)

Schedule: The conference will commence at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17, followed by a full day of sessions and an evening dinner reception. The conference will conclude Saturday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m.

Meals: We will provide lunch and dinner on Friday, May 17. If you are staying in our room block at the Drury Hotel, breakfast is included in your room rate.


Please REGISTER HERE by Friday, April 19, 2024.

When you register, you will be prompted to select the appropriate category from the below:

  • General registration: $250.00
  • Speaker registration: $100.00
  • NACA / Legal Services / Clinical Faculty / Adjunct Faculty registration $ 125.00

NOTE: if you have submitted a presentation proposal, please refrain from registering until we have responded to your proposal so you know which category applies.

If you need assistance in order to attend or have any questions regarding registration, please contact us.

Speaker Form

If your presentation proposal was accepted and you will be speaking at the conference, please complete the Speaker Form.  (Note: please also register via link above.)

Hotel Accommodations

We have a block of rooms set up at the hotel conference venue (Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe) from May 15-19.

Book your room HERE

  • Room rate: $245/ night
    • Note: hot breakfast is included in room rate
  • Group booking code: 10073368
  • Booking Deadline: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

You may also make your reservation over the phone by calling 1-800-325-0720 and referring to the group number (10073368).

For more information on the hotel room block and the included amenities, please see here.

Keynote Address

We are pleased to announce that Christine Riefa of the University of Reading will be providing the keynote address.


Feel free to contact conference logistics coordinator Ben Hiebert ([email protected]).

2024 Teaching Consumer Law Conference

The 2024 Teaching Consumer Law Conference will focus on traditional substantive and pedagogical issues of teaching consumer law, as well as new issues presented by generative AI, fintech, crypto, social media, Covid, Artificial Intelligence, and current societal issues. It is directed primarily toward those currently teaching or interested in teaching consumer law—full-time or as an adjunct.

We invite papers and presentations that will inspire attendees at the conference to think differently about the way we teach and the way we think about consumer law and the marketplace. Possible topics for the 2024 conference include:

  • What opportunities are there for reimagining traditional classroom structure and practice?
  • “I want to steal this idea from you.” A panel to share and borrow teaching tricks.
  • How do we address issues of economic justice within the context of consumer law?
  • How can we bring the world around us into the classroom – and get students out into that world as part of our teaching?
  • How should the field of “Consumer Law” be defined? Are there further/fewer subjects that should be brought within the term?
  • How can we build and enhance consumer law programs at our universities?
  • What societal issues might benefit from the application of consumer protection law – for example, racial justice, health care, elder law, coerced debt in abusive relationships, telecommunications, commerce involved in incarceration, or climate change?
  • How can we learn and teach about consumer financial scams that proliferate today, especially those targeting vulnerable groups like immigrants, children, and seniors?
  • What aspects of consumer protection regulation should come from public or private litigation? From legislation? From agency rulemaking?
  • Are there innovative ways to resolve consumer problems, other than existing court and alternative dispute resolution systems?
  • Are there new forms of risky credit that we can learn and teach about – for example, buy now pay later and educational income share agreements?
  • What can comparing different countries’ approaches to the same consumer protection issues tell us about those countries, and about consumer law?
  • What updates and cutting-edge developments and issues have arisen in substantive consumer law?
  • The view from the trenches—what do practicing attorneys see as the most pressing consumer law issues?
  • What is different about this post-pandemic generation of students, and how can our teaching address those differences?

Presentations will be relatively short, leaving more time for discussion. Papers and presentations, which do not require a formal paper, are invited on any of the above themes, or any other topic of interest to those teaching of consumer law. Presenters may discuss the law of any jurisdiction; however, the emphasis is on topics of interest to law school instructors and those with an interest in entering academia.

Those who wish to submit a paper or presentation topic are invited to forward a proposal including a brief abstract of no longer than 400 words, and contact information for the author. The proposals should be sent to Professor Richard M. Alderman at [email protected]. Proposals may be submitted anytime, but no later than February 15, 2024. You will be promptly notified of acceptance. Final drafts of papers or materials that are to be distributed prior to the Conference should be received not later than the 1st of May 2024. Slides to accompany a presentation are welcome, particularly if they aid the presentation by providing useful graphs, images, videos, and other non-textual material.

The language of the conference is English. Conference registration fees will be reduced for all presenters. With consent, selected papers may be published in the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law. For more information, contact Richard Alderman, [email protected].

Registration, hotel, and other important logistical information be found on the main conference webpage HERE.

ALI-ELI Webinar on the Use of Automated Decision-Making and Consumer Law

We are pleased to invite you to a , presented jointly with the European Law Institute.

Date: February 8, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. PT | Noon ET | 18:00 CET

The aim of the present webinar is to engage in a transatlantic dialogue on the use of automated decision-making (ADM) by consumers and/or traders. To this end, speakers will share insights on existing legal frameworks and their ‘readiness’ for the use of ADM, reflecting on the upcoming ALI Restatement on Consumer Contracts and recently published ELI Report on EU Consumer Law and Automated Decision-Making, which is an interim output of the ELI project on Guiding Principles and Model Rules on Algorithmic Contracts.

Register for this free webinar .

The discussion will be chaired by ELI President Pascal Pichonnaz of the University of Fribourg, and features speakers Florencia Marotta-Wurgler of NYU School of Law (Reporter on Restatement of the Law, Consumer Contracts); John Linarelli of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Adviser on Restatement of the Law, Consumer Contracts); Hans W. Micklitz of the European University Institute; and Jeannie Patterson of the University of Melbourne.

This program is expected to qualify for 1.5 to 1.8 CLE credit hours, depending on jurisdiction. ALI CLE programs are generally accredited in all MCLE jurisdictions. Credit in ID, LA, RI, and UT is available upon request.

Next face to face IACL conference announced for 2023, in Hamburg

Next IACL conference announced.

The 18th World Consumer Law Conference of the International Association of Consumer Law (IACL) will take place in Hamburg from 19.07. to 21.07.2023 at the Rudolf Steiner Haus and carry the title „Challenges and Unanswered Questions of Consumer Law„.

IACL conferences are held every two years and mostly hosted by universities. The hosting countries are deliberately chosen from the Global South as well as the Global North. The last conferences were held in the USA (2019), Brazil (2017), the Netherlands (2015), Australia (2013), UK (2011), India (2009), New Zealand (2007) and South Africa (2005).

The IACL promotes debates on consumer protection and consumer law. Conference attendees include university lecturers, judges, lawyers and representatives of regulatory authorities, banks, business groups and consumer organisations. The conferences are open to all interested parties, not only to members of academic and non-academic consumer research and educational institutions.

The aim of the IACL is to develop research networks and stimulate joint research projects in the area of consumer law, consumer policy and consumer relations. This includes supporting government institutions, universities, consumer organisations and experts.

The conference will be hosted by the IACL Executive Committee (chaired by Prof. Michelle Louw, Cape Town) in cooperation with a local executive committee led by Dr. Sally Peters and Prof. Udo Reifner.


for up-to-date information follow us on Twitter @iacl_net

Forthcoming conference you may be interested in…

Consumer Protection in Transition: Digital Transformation and Better Enforcement 

23-25 September 2021, online/onsite hybrid conference

Participation is free, but a registration is needed. Please find the registration page here and the LinkedIn announcement here.

This event features academics with close links to the IACL including Prof Geraint Howells and Mateja Durovic. have a look at the great programme: https://ps7.pravri.uniri.hr/en/program/

Next newsletter… send us your contributions

In order to keep you all up-to-date with developments in the many jurisdictions represented in the IACL, we will assemble the next newsletter in April 2021. Can all members send the following items, to [email protected]

– short reports on consumer law reforms in your jurisdiction 

– short reports on key cases in your jurisdiction

– events, seminars, conferences

– books, articles and other publications (preferably with abstracts)

All content in English or French please and up to 500 words.

For any items that may not be able to wait that long, you can contact us to post on our website https://www.iacl.net.au  or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IACLaw/  or Twitter @iacl_net

Want to diversify your reading list? A fantastic new initiative…

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.

last workshop of the series – 1st dec 2020

Chair: Geraint Howells.


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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