Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM089: Consumer Protection

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Joasia Luzak (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Consumer Law plays a critical role in the modern, integrated economy; supplying a measure of protection to the vulnerable in society, providing a framework for business in retail transactions and facilitating cross-border trade. Moreover, Consumer law in its broader context relates to free movement and Competition law.  In the EU, Consumer policy is an area of ‘shared competence’ between the EU and the Member States so you will study the tensions that this leads to (for example in the area of unfair terms), the ‘europeanisation’ of national private law which has resulted and the realignment initiatives which have been proposed/implemented (inter alia the 2011 Consumer Rights Directive, Common European Sales law and, domestically, the Consumer Rights Bill 2014). The option is particularly suited to students with a specialisation in Commercial, Contract and Competition law and an interest in commercial practice and/or corporate governance.

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