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Horst Eidenmüller / Florian Faust / Hans Christoph Grigoleit / Nils Jansen / Gerhard Wagner / Reinhard Zimmermann

Revision des Verbraucher-acquis

[Revision of the Acquis Communautaire.]

2011. XVI, 326 pages.
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Published in German.
When the European Commission initiated the Common Frame of Reference process, it aimed, in particular, at a revision of the acquis communautaire in the field of consumer contract law. However, such a revision has not, to date, been undertaken. The authors of the present paper have attempted to remedy this deficiency by an investigation of the key issues involved: the proper scope and effectiveness of mandatory law, the policing of not individually negotiated unfair contract terms, rights of withdrawal, the unwinding of consumer contracts following the exercise of a right of withdrawal, information duties.
When the European Commission initiated the Common Frame of Reference process, it aimed, in particular, at a revision of the acquis communautaire in the field of consumer contract law. However, such a revision has not, to date, been undertaken. The Draft Common Frame of Reference is marked by a largely uncritical attitude vis-à-vis the acquis. The same will be true, it must be feared, for the 'optional instrument' to be developed by an 'expert group' on that basis by mid-2011. The proposal for a 'horizontal' Directive on Consumer Rights submitted by the Commission in October 2008 also did not benefit from a critical revision of the acquis. The authors of the present paper have attempted to remedy this deficiency by an investigation of the key issues involved: the proper scope and effectiveness of mandatory law, the policing of not individually negotiated unfair contract terms, rights of withdrawal, the unwinding of consumer contracts following the exercise of a right of withdrawal, information duties. This paper presents the main conclusions of a more comprehensive German study in English and in the form of 52 propositions, grouped by subject matter and elucidated, in most cases, by brief comments. We thus hope to initiate a discussion on the reform of European consumer contract law going beyond a harmonizing generalization of individual rules, which emphasizes intellectual coherence as well as consistency of concepts, policies, and evaluations. A particular focus is on rational justifications for consumer contract rules and on how such rules should be formulated in order to serve the economic purposes they are intended to serve.
Authors/Editors

Horst Eidenmüller Geboren 1963; Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in München, Cambridge (England) und an der Harvard Law School (USA); 1989 LL.M (Cambridge); 1994 Promotion; 1998 Habilitation; 1999–2003 o. Prof. an der Universität Münster, 2003–15 an der LMU München; seit 2015 Inhaber eines Lehrstuhls für Handelsrecht an der Universität Oxford und Professorial Fellow am St. Hugh's College, Oxford.

Florian Faust ist Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Bürgerliches Recht, Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht und Rechtsvergleichung an der Bucerius Law School, Hamburg.

Hans Christoph Grigoleit ist Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Bürgerliches Recht, Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, Privatrechtstheorie an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Nils Jansen Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Philosophie und Politik in Passau und Kiel; 1997 Promotion (Kiel); 1998 zweites juristisches Staatsexamen (München); 2002 Habilitation (Regensburg), Professur an der Universität Augsburg; 2003 Wechsel an die Universität Düsseldorf; seit 2006 Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Römisches Recht und Privatrechtsgeschichte sowie Deutsches und Europäisches Privatrecht an der Universität Münster; seit 2007 Hauptantragsteller, seit 2019 Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters Religion und Politik.

Gerhard Wagner Geboren 1962; Studium in Göttingen und München; 1989 Promotion; 1992 zweites juristisches Staatsexamen; 1994/95 LL.M.-Studium an der University of Chicago Law School; 1997 Habilitation; 1999 Direktor des Instituts für Zivilprozessrecht der Universität Bonn; seit 2013 Inhaber der Lehrstuhls für Bürgerliches Recht, Wirtschaftsrecht und Ökonomik an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und akademischer Leiter des Masterstudiengangs International Dispute Resolution.

Reinhard Zimmermann ist Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht und Professor an der Bucerius Law School, Hamburg.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Journal of Consumer Policy — 2014, 148
In: Nederlands Burgerlijk Recht — 2011, 536–537
In: Zeitschrift f. Europäisches Privatrecht — 2013, 917–919 (Ewoud Hondius)