EU Consumer Law and Human Rights by Iris BenohrEU Consumer Law and Human Rights by Iris Benohr

EU Consumer Law and Human Rights

byIris Benohr

Hardcover | January 19, 2014

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Traditionally, consumer law has played an instrumental role in the EU as a tool for market integration. There are now signs in the new EU legal framework and jurisprudence that suggest this may be changing. These changes can be seen in recent court cases and, above all, the Lisbon Treaty andthe EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Treaty contains provisions affecting consumer law and, at the same time, it grants binding legal force to the EU Charter, which adds a fundamental rights dimension to consumer protection. This evolution, however, is still at an early stage and may bethwarted by conflicting trends. Moreover, it may generate tensions between social objectives and economic goals. This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of these developments and examines new avenues that may be opening for consumer law, focussing on three key areas: financial services, electronic communication, and access to justice. Through a systematic analysis of relevant cases the book tracesthe development of a human rights dimension in consumer law and details the potential ramifications that the post-Lisbon legal framework may have on consumer protection and on related policy issues. This book concludes by providing ideas for a new legal approach to consumer law which strikes acompromise between social and economic demands.
Iris Benohr is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law and Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and a recipient of a British-Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Prior to this she held positions at the United Nations (Competition and Consumer Policies, Geneva), at the European Commission (Consumer Affairs, Brussels...
Title:EU Consumer Law and Human RightsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:January 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199651973

ISBN - 13:9780199651979

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Consumer Law and the Market3. Human Rights and Consumer Protection4. A New Theoretical Approach to Consumer Protection and Human Rights5. Contractual Fairness and Fundamental Rights in Consumer Credit Cases6. A Fundamental Rights Perspective to Electronic Communication7. Access to Justice as a Human Right8. Conclusion