LAW-57806 Consumer Law


Studiepunten 6.00

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HC Schebesta

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Assumed knowledge on:

No mandatory or assumed legal knowledge. The course LAW12346 -Business Law introduces some of the topics in this course.

Continuation courses:

All LAW courses, specifically, LAW-55306 Food, Nutrition and Human Rights/ LAW-22806 Food Law/ LAW-31806 Global Economic (Trade) Law and Risk Regulation/ LAW-32306 Intellectual Property Rights/ LAW-32806 Food Law and Regulation/ LAW-39806 Comparative Food Law PR China/USA


What are the time delays to return online purchases; is bait advertising legal; when is your company liable for a defective product; how must the price on a product be indicated; can you engage in comparative advertisement? Consumer law regulates the daily transactions of businesses and consumers and provides answers to all these questions.

This course addresses legal consumer protection relating to consumer contracts, business conduct, consumer safety and product quality. It teaches students the key legal principles and theoretical ideas of consumer market regulations, for example the legal concept of the ‘average consumer’. Specifically, we address EU rules about consumer protection relating to:

- consumer contracts and consumer rights;

- advertising law;

- unfair commercial practices;

- product information duties of traders;

- prohibition to mislead consumers;

- the ‘average consumer’;

- consumer rights in online services;

In this course, you will acquire knowledge about laws affecting consumer, and learn how to research and apply consumer law in real life.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize key characteristics of different types of transactions made between consumers and businesses;
- identify and understand the legal principles and EU rules that govern consumer transactions;
- use relevant databases for researching EU consumer law;
- apply EU consumer law to factual scenarios in order to solve legal case questions;
- form opinions and personal perspectives on rules, principles and policies of consumer market regulation, and generate policy proposals.


- read the mandatory literature;

- prepare legal cases in writing that are discussed in the tutorials;
- students attend tutorials;
- participate in practicals on legal research database training.


Written exam with mix of open and multiple choice questions. Bonus points may be awarded for tutorial assignments and practicals.


The course will be taught on the basis of literature that are made available in Brightspace.