European Consumer Law in a Digital Society


Course Objective

After having followed this course, a student
- will know which EU directives are important with respect to electronic
- will be able to apply the rules included in EU directives and
regulations to an electronic b2c-transactions;
- will be able to analyse the case law of the European Court of Justitie
with respect to electronic b2c-transactions;
- will be able to review critically the prevailing law with respect to
electronic b2c-transactions using behavioural science literature;
- will be able to apply the prevailing rules to new business models and
will be able to point out new problems.

Course Content

Consumer law deals with transactions between a consumer and a
professional party. Increasingly, consumers conclude contracts through
internet. The European Union considers this type of transactions, which
is part of the digital market, an important means to increase economic
growth. European consumer law also plays a role in the platform economy.
Contracts concluded by consumers with platforms, such as AirBnB and and
E-bay. This course focuses on the contractual aspects of these
transactions and dispute resolution in national, EU and in international
situations. The starting point is the European Union perspective.

Teaching Methods

Each week there will be a lecture and every two weeks a work group
dedicated to discussion of the case law and additional materials as well
as presentations of the assignments.

Method of Assessment

To be able to participate in the written exam, the students are required
hand in three separate assignments.

Entry Requirements

Knowledge of contract law and European law at bachelor-level is


The list of literature will be made available on Canvas (the digital
learning environment).

Target Audience

Apart from law students of the VU, the course is also available for:
-Students from other universities/faculties
-Exchange students
-Contractors (students who pay for one course)

If they have passed a course in Contract Law.

Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.

Recommended background knowledge

European Law, Contract Law

General Information

Course Code R_ECLDS
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator M.E. Jozwiak LLM
Examiner M.E. Jozwiak LLM
Teaching Staff M.E. Jozwiak LLM

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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