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A European Contract Law, or an EU Contract Law Regulation for Consumers?


  • Norbert Reich



The paper informs about initiatives of the EC Commission to create a set of instruments for advancing a European contract law, in particular a “common frame of reference.” It questions the underlying assumptions in the still somewhat unclear and open Commission communications. It doubts whether EU has any competence to harmonise contract law under the internal market jurisdiction of Art. 95 EC. As an alternative, it proposes the elaboration and eventual adoption of an EU consumer contract law regulation (ECCLR) based on Art. 153 (3) b) EC which would take direct effect and be limited to minimal, yet directly applicable rules on consumer protection in contract law. Copyright Springer 2005

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  • Norbert Reich, 2005. "A European Contract Law, or an EU Contract Law Regulation for Consumers?," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 28(4), pages 383-407, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jcopol:v:28:y:2005:i:4:p:383-407
    DOI: 10.1007/s10603-005-3282-z

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    2. Christos V. Gortsos, 2011. "European Financial Integration: Economic Aspects, the Existing Legal Framework and the Way Ahead," Chapters,in: International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume II, chapter 18 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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