Handbook of Research on International Consumer Law, Second Edition
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Handbook of Research on International Consumer Law, Second Edition

Edited by Geraint Howells, Iain Ramsay and Thomas Wilhelmsson

Consumer law and policy continues to be of great concern to both national and international regulatory bodies, and the second edition of the Handbook of Research on International Consumer Law provides an updated international and comparative analysis of the central legal and policy issues, in both developed and developing economies.
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Chapter 2: Consumer protection and human rights

Iris Benöhr and Hans-W. Micklitz


Until recently, consumer protection and fundamental rights have been treated as separate legal fields. Over the last decade, however, consumer protection has increasingly been discussed in the context of human rights, owing also to its inclusion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union as a prominent EU objective. This chapter explores the conceptualization of consumer protection as a human right. Moreover, it analyses how EU consumer law and policy are likely to be influenced by recent innovations in international law and by established constitutional rights.

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