Academic session 'The Balance in Consumer Protection between Substantive Law and Enforcement'

For whom
Employees , Students
When
12-05-2022 from 16:30 to 19:00
Where
Academieraadzaal, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Economic Law Department
Contact
Reinhard.Steennot@UGent.be
Website
http://financiallawinstitute.ugent.be/index.php/events/

In his lecture, Peter Rott will discuss the relationship between substantive consumer law and its enforcement, using examples from recent case law.

Traditionally, consumer law has suffered from underenforcement in many countries. Reasons are, in particular, insufficient incentives or means for individual enforcement, the lack of effective collective remedies and/or insufficient resources or the lack of interest of public authorities and/or consumer organisations.

This latter development led to a debate about „overenforcement“. Quite recently, the picture has changed, at least in certain sectors of business. This is mainly due to technological advancement. The use of digital technology, commonly referred to as ‘legal technology’ or ‘legal tech’ allows the legal profession to drastically increase the efficiency in handling claims. It has been argued that a massive increase in enforcement of existing consumer law may necessitate the relaxation of the substantive law standard.

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