How does Australian consumer law compare internationally?

Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand by Justin Malbon and Luke Nottage (eds) examines the ‘Australian Consumer Law’ reform package in a broad context and compares it to recent reform initiatives especially in New Zealand. It considers consumer law developments in other economies including the European Union, Japan, Canada and the United States, as well as parallel re-regulation of consumer credit and other financial markets impacting on consumers. The book also examines policy considerations and market transformations, as well as the often complex legislative history associated with recent consumer law reform proposals in Australia and New Zealand.

Specific areas covered include: definitions of ‘consumers’, comparative consumer law reform, statutory guarantees and controls over unfair terms in consumer contracts, regulation of unconscionable conduct, a possible general prohibition of ‘unfair practices’, product liability and safety regulation, responsible lending and ‘hardship’ provisions for consumer credit, consumer banking and financial advice, protections for vulnerable consumers, interest rate caps, dispute resolution, regulatory powers and e-commerce.

[box border=”full”]Authored by 14 consumer law experts, the book will appeal to policy-makers, researchers, law students, and legal practitioners interested in an advanced and wide-ranging analysis of current consumer law issues.[/box]

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