Edited by Geraint Howells, Iain Ramsay and Thomas Wilhelmsson
Chapter 3: Development and consumer law
The consumer protection laws of several developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America have expanded the notion of consumer protection beyond the traditional norm of the conduct of the buyer and seller in the marketplace. This chapter examines how the development dimension became a major thrust of consumer advocacy in the latter part of the twentieth century. Beginning with the expansion of the term ‘consumer’ in consumer protection statutes, the chapter then analyses other areas of law critical for consumer protection with a focus on development (credit and financial services, privatisation, intellectual property relating to medicines, plant varieties, educational material, and competition). Notably, there is a lack of progress in these areas in many developing countries. The chapter calls for a conceptual redefinition and realignment of consumer law so as to explicitly provide for the development dimension.
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