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.

Preface

Stephen Weatherill

Subjects: law - academic, consumer law, european law

Extract

I began the Preface to the first edition of this book, published in 1997, by observing that I have always believed that a lot of interesting research has been and is being conducted into EC consumer law and policy. And yet it seems to me that many EC lawyers and students have tended to treat consumer policy as peripheral. Do they still? Not to the same extent, I think. EC consumer policy has ever more energetically developed its own body of scholarship. And I warmly welcome that. My purpose in writing this book has not changed between the first and second editions. It remains to construct a bridge between basic EC law principles and the particular context in which they are applied in consumer policy. To this end, I assume a basic grasp of the pattern of the EC legal order, but do not assume any advanced knowledge. So the book should be readily accessible to anyone who has followed an introductory EC law course, covering institutional and constitutional law and the basic framework of trade law. The book should be perfectly intelligible on its own, although the reader could usefully have the texts of relevant Treaty provisions, Directives and Resolutions to hand. And naturally I provide plenty of sources of further reading. I deliberately wrote the first edition as a short book. It was designed to set out the main themes in EC consumer policy. It did not immerse the reader in a highly technical research agenda, though it...