Consumer Protection and the Criminal Law: Law, Theory, and by Peter Cartwright

By Peter Cartwright

To what quantity may still felony legislation be used to guard the shopper? Peter Cartwright evaluates the function of felony legislation sanctions in shopper safety from an financial and social point of view. during this very important new learn the writer examines the rationales for shielding shoppers, and considers the function that felony strategies play in pleasurable those. moreover, he analyzes legal legislations doctrines reminiscent of strict, company, and vicarious legal responsibility, and means that they require re-assessment. This examine should be of curiosity to teachers, undergraduate and post-graduate scholars in addition to legal professionals.

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By Peter Cartwright

To what quantity may still felony legislation be used to guard the shopper? Peter Cartwright evaluates the function of felony legislation sanctions in shopper safety from an financial and social point of view. during this very important new learn the writer examines the rationales for shielding shoppers, and considers the function that felony strategies play in pleasurable those. moreover, he analyzes legal legislations doctrines reminiscent of strict, company, and vicarious legal responsibility, and means that they require re-assessment. This examine should be of curiosity to teachers, undergraduate and post-graduate scholars in addition to legal professionals.

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The Authority has said that it will work alongside government departments, business and consumer groups to promote financial literacy, consumer information, and advice. The importance of consumer awareness has also been recognised at an international level. The UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection state that ‘[g]overnments should develop or encourage the development of general consumer education and information programmes’ and that ‘[c]onsumer education should, where appropriate, become an integral part of the basic curriculum of the educational system.

Measures such as this are also market-correcting, in that they enable the vulnerable consumer to make the informed choice in accordance with his preferences that is essential for the market to function effectively. This illustrates the difficulties with separating market and non-market approaches to regulation. 111 This loss may result from information deficits, and so may be solved, to some extent, by information remedies such as disclosure. However, there may be other causes of such welfare loss.

61 There can be little doubt that ignorance of the law is one of the principal impediments to consumer protection and that measures to eradicate this ignorance will be an important part of an effective consumer policy. A further matter for concern with private law is that it may have undesirable distributive effects. Wilhelmsson has argued that by emphasising individual claims consumer law reproduces injustice. 62 This is examined later in 59 60 61 62 See the discussion of consumer education in H.

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