Dr Joasia Luzak
Dr. Joasia Luzak is an Associate Professor in Law (Education and Research). She is also an External Researcher at the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In December 2015 she has been awarded funding within the Open Research Area (ORA) to a 3-year project led by her: “The ABC of Online Disclosure Duties: Towards a More Uniform Assessment of the Transparency of Consumer Information in Europe” (see more under Research).
Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Private Law A of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2008-2016). At this university, as of 2015, she was a Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law, as well as the Director of the European Private Law LL.M program. Previously, she coordinated master thesis process in three private law LL.Ms (2012-2015).
She holds a PhD in Law (2011) from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She obtained her LL.M degree in Law cum laude at the University of Warsaw, Poland (2004). She also graduated with distinction a two-year course on English and European Law co-organized by Cambridge and Warsaw Universities (2003).
She was a Visiting Professor at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London (2013); at the University of Houston Law Center, United States (2014); and at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece (2014-2016).
Dr. Joasia Luzak is one of the editors of the Journal of European Consumer and Market Law (EuCML) (as of 2016) and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Consumer Policy (JCP) (as of 2016).
She has participated in many projects of the European Commission, of the European Parliament and of the European Consumer Organization (BEUC). Most recently, she was part of the consortiums working on the “Economic study on consumer digital content products” and on the “Study on consumers’ attitudes towards terms and conditions” for the European Commission (both finalized in 2015).
Dr. Joasia Luzak is also a founder and an administrator of the popular blog on Recent Developments in European Consumer Law: http://recent-ecl.blogspot.nl/
Research group links
- (European) consumer law
- (European) contract law
- Consumer behaviour
Within the Open Research Area (ORA) funding scheme 2015 the funding was awarded, among others, to a project led by dr Joasia Luzak on “The ABC of Online Disclosure Duties: Towards a More Uniform Assessment of the Transparency of Consumer Information in Europe”. Total budget for this 3-year project is ca 465.000 Euro and will allow to conduct comparative and empirical legal research in Germany, the Netherlands, England and Poland.
When European consumers buy, e.g., a computer online, the European legislator requires them to receive “clear and comprehensive” information about the trader’s option to store, process and share their data (ePrivacy Directive). Subsequently, they need to receive “clear and comprehensible” information “in clear and intelligible language” on the purchase conditions, such as their right of withdrawal or the computer´s characteristics (Consumer Rights Directive). Moreover, if they purchase the computer on credit, they need to receive “clear and concise” information on the credit terms (Consumer Credit Directive). Although EU law requires information disclosures like these to be transparent, it does not establish what counts as clear, comprehensive, intelligible or concise online disclosure. As it provides no yardstick for assessing transparency, it leaves a gap that national enforcement authorities (NEA) may fill differently.
The research aims to develop European guidelines that NEA should apply to uniformly assess the transparency of disclosures. These guidelines will be drafted on the basis of insights gained from conducting: a) comparative legal research illustrating when a given disclosure is currently assessed as transparent by NEA; b) empirical legal research determining the desired and applied criteria for the transparency’s assessment.
I am interested in superivsing thesis in the broad field of consumer law, especially if the students aim at using empirical methodology or include interdisciplinary elements, e.g. by drawing from the consumer behaviour research insights.
Current PhD students
Radha Jethu-Ramsoedh - Consumer Protection and Textile Labelling
Anna van Duin - The functions of Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in European private law adjudication
External impact and engagement
Founder, administrator and contributor of the blog Recent Developments of European Consumer Law (http://recent-ecl.blogspot.co.uk/ )
Participation in a panel of a private seminar of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) 'For a Smart Protection of the Digital Consumer' in Brussels - 7 November 2016
Presentation on empirical evidence in consumer law cases at Teaching Consumer Law conference in Santa Fe, the US - 21 May 2016
Preparing Polish report for the European Commission - Study to support the Fitness Check of EU Consumer law - ongoing
Conversation with Which? on legal issues of sharing economy - 14 April 2016
Presentation on sharing economy at the COJEF II (organized by the European Consumer Organisation BEUC for national consumer organisations' representatives) meeting in Florence - invited lecture - 21-22 March 2016
Presentation on vulnerable consumers in package travel contracts at the Polish Consumer Ombundsman annual conference in Katowice - invited lecture - 10-11 March 2016
Organisation of and presentation at the workshop Digital Single Market: Stakeholders' Perspective on proposed new Contract Rules in Amsterdam - 4 February 2016
Part of the consortium (UvA, Tilburg University, Ecorys, GfK) conducting the study on consumers' attittudes towards terms and conditions for the European Commission (final report in 2016)
Preparing Dutch report on franchising for the European Parliament
Preparing Dutch report on all mandatory rules applicable to contractual obligations in contracts for sales of tangible goods sold at a distance and, in particular, online for the European Commission
Part of the consortium (UvA, ICFI) conducting economic study on consumer digital content products for the European Commission
Co-writing (with M. Loos) report Consumer law compliance in online services for BEUC (European Consumer Organisation)
Co-writing (with M. Loos) Report on the transposition of consumer law directives in the Netherlands for the EC Consumer Law Compendium
Part of the project (Asser Institution) Strengthening the Vietnam Competition Authorities in the field of enforcement of Consumer Law
Co-writing (with prof. F. Zoll) Polish report for the project Digital content services for consumers for the European Commission