Freedom of Contract or Denial of Justice: Consumer Arbitration in the EU and Australia

Seminar/Forum

Freedom of Contract or Denial of Justice:  Consumer Arbitration in the EU and Australia

Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School
Law 106
185 Pelham Street, Carlton

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United States companies commonly include arbitration clauses in their standard form contracts with consumers. Recently, also European companies such as Uber and Spotify have introduced arbitration clauses in their dealings with customers and some European authors argue that the law should recognise and enforce these clauses. The seminar outlines the European Union’s guidelines on consumer arbitration and questions the desirability of replacing courts by private tribunals in disputes between businesses and consumers. Comparative reference will also be made to how Australian law treats arbitration clauses in consumer contracts.

Presenters

  • Professor Richard Garnett
    Professor Richard Garnett, Professor of Private International Law
  • Dr Denise Wiedemann
    Dr Denise Wiedemann, Senior Research Fellow