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Consumer Collective Redress in European Private International Law

Tang, Z (2011) Consumer Collective Redress in European Private International Law. Journal of Private International Law, 7 (1). 101 - 147 (46). ISSN 1744-1048


Collective redress congregates claims of a group of claimants with similar factual and legal issues together in one action. It is introduced in consumer litigation primarily to overcome the weakness of expensive and time-consuming court proceedings in small claims in order to increase consumers' access to justice. Compared to the common law countries with the class action tradition, collective redress in European countries is at an 'experimental' stage. The European Commission is currently examining existing collective redress mechanisms in the Member States, exploring effective and efficient means to address mass claims of consumers. During the process of the Commission's project in collective redress, a special question has gradually attracted stakeholders' attention, which is how the collective redress would work in a cross-border context. This article aims to examine cross-border collective redress from a private international law perspective. It introduces the European developments on collective redress, examines the theoretical and practical challenge brought by collective redress to the current private international law and evaluates the effect of the current European private international law in the future development of collective redress mechanisms, including classification, proximity, judicial proceedings in supporting the voluntary settlement, lis pendens, exequatur, effects on the third state and substantive rights. It is submitted that the current European conflicts regime does not fit the purpose of cross-border collective redress. The jurisdictional barrier to the future development of collective redress is not catastrophic though inconvenience, uncertainty and unfairness may exist in certain circumstances, but the choice of law barrier is much more fundamental. The article provides a reform proposal and a perspective for the future development of collective redress in Europe.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Law (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:39
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/174410411795375614
Status: Published
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Identification Number: 10.5235/174410411795375614
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43899

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