Comparative Law in Consumer Litigation

Geraint HOWELLS, Jonathon WATSON

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This chapter examines how comparative law arguments have been used in consumer litigation. In light of the influence of EU legislation in the field of consumer law the chapter focuses on the way English courts have referred to civilian European laws in consumer litigation. It first looks at selected UK cases on product liability, unfair terms, and unfair commercial practices to assess the extent and nature of the use of comparative law in the context of consumer litigation. It then briefly reviews how the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has used comparative law in some of its decisions. Finally, it considers the tools available which make comparative law available to practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCourts and Comparative Law
EditorsMads Andenas, Duncan Fairgrieve
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780198735335
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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