Freedom of Contract or Denial of Justice: Consumer Arbitration in the EU and Australia
Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
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.
Professor Richard Garnett, Professor of Private International Law
Professor Richard Garnett
Professor of Private International Law
The University of Melbourne
Richard Garnett is Professor of Private International Law at the University of Melbourne and consultant (international dispute resolution) at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Dr Denise Wiedemann, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Denise Wiedemann
Senior Research Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg
Dr Denise Wiedemann is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. Denise’s research interests are in the areas of conflict of laws, international dispute resolution and comparative private law.