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A cross-border-only regulation for consumer transactions in the EU : a fresh approach to EU consumer law

Twigg-Flesner, Christian

Authors

Christian Twigg-Flesner



Abstract

For almost three decades, the European Union (EU) has adopted measures to regulate consumer transactions within the internal market created by the EU Treaties. Existing legislation is largely based on directives harmonizing aspects of national consumer laws. This Brief argues that a more appropriate approach for EU consumer law would be legislation in the form of a regulation which is applicable to cross-border transactions only. The author considers the constitutional constraints of the EU Treaties, before examining the case for a cross-border-only measure. He argues that the cross-border approach is preferable, because it would provide clearer benefits for consumers seeking to buy goods and services across borders, while not upsetting domestic law unnecessarily-in particular in the context of e-commerce, with implications for industry, policymaking, and regional development. The Brief concludes by suggesting that a successful EU measure on cross-border consumer transactions could create a template for global initiatives for transnational consumer law.

Citation

Twigg-Flesner, C. (2012). A cross-border-only regulation for consumer transactions in the EU : a fresh approach to EU consumer law. Springer Publishing Company. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-2047-7

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2014
Journal Springer briefs in business
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title A cross-border-only regulation for consumer transactions in the EU : a fresh approach to EU consumer law
ISBN 9781461420460; 9781461420477
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-2047-7
Keywords REF 2014 submission
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/369660
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-1-4614-2047-7