This book advances the emerging of a new sub-field of study, the law of consumer redress, which encompasses the various dispute resolution processes for consumers, their regulations, and best practices. The book argues that the institutionalisation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) bodies are expanding their functions beyond dispute resolution, as they are increasingly providing a public service for consumers that complements, and often replaces, the role of the courts. Although the book focuses on ADR, it also analyses other redress methods, including public enforcement, court adjudication and business internal complaints systems. It proposes a more efficient rationalisation of certified redress bodies, which should be better co-ordinated and accessible through technological means. Accordingly, the book calls for greater integration amongst redress methods and offers recommendations to improve their process design to ensure that, inter alia, traders are encouraged to participate in redress schemes, settle early meritorious claims and comply with outcomes.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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About the Author
Pablo Cortés is Professor of Civil Justice at Leicester Law School. He has advised the European Commission during the drafting of legislation on consumer online dispute resolution (ODR) and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and has been invited to write reports and to participate in expert meetings, inter alia, by the UN Commission on International Trade Law, the European Commission and the European Parliament. He serves on the advisory board of the ODR Civil Justice Council and the International Mediation Institute, and he has worked as a consultant for a number of organisations. He is Fellow of the European Law Institute, the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution (University of Massachusetts) and in 2012 he was a Gould Research Fellow at Stanford University, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Consumer redress - from public enforcement to alternative dispute resolution; 2. Upgrading from alternative to online dispute resolution; 3. Judicial redress for consumer disputes - the need for collaboration between courts and extrajudicial scheme; 4. Out of court consumer redress - the European law on ADR and the re-design of the ODR platform; 5. Consumer ADR in three radically different jurisdictions - Italy, Spain and the UK; 6. Pursuing global consensus on consumer redress - the UNCITRAL technical notes for online dispute resolution; 7. Voluntariness as the Achilles' heel of ADR - the case for incentives and mandatory redress schemes; 8. Dispute system design features of effective consumer redress models; Conclusion.