EU Consumer Law and Policy

EU Consumer Law and Policy

Elgar European Law series

Stephen Weatherill

In many respects the consumer is supposed to be the ultimate beneficiary of the process of market integration in Europe, but the EC Treaty has never included an elaborate recognition of how the EU serves the consumer interest. This highly esteemed book, now in a brand new edition, provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the subject, explaining the evolution of consumer law and policy in the EC in terms of both legislative and judicial activity.

Series Preface

Stephen Weatherill

Subjects: law - academic, consumer law, european law

Extract

Series editor’s preface It is a great pleasure to welcome this new and expanded edition of Professor Weatherill’s book on EU Consumer Law and Policy as the first volume to appear in the Elgar European Law Series. The subject is one which, as the author explains, can no longer be regarded as a peripheral area of EU law; indeed it has been a major element in leading the EU into the heartlands of private law. This new edition reflects not only the considerable growth of EU legislation and case-law in the area of consumer law and policy but also the burgeoning academic and political debates on the policy issues involved. Some of these issues are specific to consumer law, but others, such as the division of competence between the EU and its Member States, underlie many areas of EU activity. Professor Weatherill is a leading writer on EU law in general and is also well-known for his special interest in EU Consumer Law. This book provides comprehensive yet readable coverage of EU Consumer Law and Policy within a manageable compass. John A. Usher April 2005 vii