The Role of National Courts in the Interpretation of Consumer Law

Start Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
End Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Category: Civil Law European Consumer Law
Venue: Bucharest
Country: Roumania
Leading organisation: National Institute of Magistracy (NIM)
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Language(s): English
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Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 10
Contact: Diana Mihaila
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Contact phone: +40 214076253

Course Description

Given the rising number of cases concerning unfair terms in consumer contracts, the objective of the seminar is to rise awareness about the intricacies of consumer protection and to exchange legal opinions with colleagues from other Member States especially regarding Directive 2008/48/EC on credit agreements for consumers.

The debate will start from a presentation of the ECJ’s most recent case law relevant for the topic, followed by national reports on the state of national law in this field, with the aim of conducting an assessment of differences still existing between Member States that restrict consumers' ability to make direct use of credit. Special attention will be given to the role of the national judge in the context of the full level of harmonisation introduced by this Directive and of the scope of application of national transposing laws.
These differences will be best illustrated by case studies coordinated within working groups formed by participants of different nationalities, by trainers from various Member States with experience in the field, which will enhance the comparative approach of the legal discourse.

For this seminar NIM is covering accommodation and meals for all the participants. International transport will remain in the charge of each participant.