Consumer law regulates our daily transactions and activities, with privatisation, technological advancement and related trends meaning that more of our lives are lived through consumer contracts. Consumer law also regulates an enormous field of economic activity, with household spending accounting for over 50% of GDP in most OECD economies. This course offers a unique opportunity to study the rules and regulations governing the consumer markets that are central to our contemporary economic system. This course welcomes students of a wide range of disciplines, who can display an interest in history, law or the social sciences more broadly. We encourage applicants looking to analyse what it means to be a consumer and the nature and structure of consumer markets in our current climate.
This intensive Summer School course offers a unique opportunity for students of any discipline to study aspects of contract, commercial, sales, banking and financial law and how key contemporary problems of economic stagnation, inequality and political instability can all in some ways be linked to problems arising in consumer markets as increasingly important sites of legal and political activity.
The course begins by discussing key principles and theoretical ideas of consumer market regulation. We consider the nature and structure of consumer markets, examining the institutions and sources that create the ground rules of markets. The course then considers the various tools available to policymakers and how we can design market interventions. This involves questions of how consumer law is made, applied, and enforced.
This is a course that has strong ties to contemporary, real-world problems and encourages students to place themselves as actors within case studies as we work to generate policy proposals in response to your personal perspectives on rules, principles and policies of consumer market regulation. This practical focus offers value to lawyers seeking to quickly gain an up-to-date knowledge of the dynamic field of consumer law, at a time of significant change in this area – especially in the context of Brexit, as questions arise as to the future for UK consumers as policymakers decide on how their rights will change on the UK’s departure from the EU.
This course is interdisciplinary and international in nature and would be of interest to students from various jurisdictions and both legal and non-legal backgrounds. Study of the regulation of retail markets should be of relevance to those working in law, finance, compliance, and regulatory affairs – whether in private practice, government, or NGOs.
Dates: 8 July - 26 July 2019
Lecturers: Dr Joseph Spooner, Dr Paul MacMahon, Dr Emmanuel Voyiakis