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The Responsible Consumer in the Digital Age – International and Nordic Perspectives on Consumer Financial Protection / 31 May – 1 June 2018, Copenhagen

Center for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA) organizes the conference

The Responsible Consumer in the Digital Age – International and Nordic Perspectives on Consumer Financial Protection

Copenhagen, Nanna Berg Auditorium, 1st floor

31 May – 1 June 2018

Conference Theme
Consumer protection law is one of the most dynamic fields of study and practice due to continuous and fast-paced innovations concerning the delivery of products and performance of services offered to consumers. This is even more true with respect to the financial sector. The financial crisis emphasized the need for more effective consumer protection measures given the increasing sophistication and complexity of financial products. However, the question is whether the normative changes adopted after the mortgage credit crunch are able to adapt to the pace of financial innovation and digitalization.

The current perspective is that providing consumers with more information and knowledge enables them to fully participate in financial markets and to properly comprehend the novel products and services facilitated by digitalization. Thus, the burden of adequate protection is placed by legislators on consumers themselves, who are expected to be both financially literate and responsible. It is the introduction of a more stringent term than that of a diligent or average consumer with which consumer law operated so far and it marks a significant shift in the manner in which consumer protection is regarded altogether.

The previous attitude towards consumer protection, which by some have been regarded as “over-paternalistic”, is being replaced with a “self-help” approach. The consumer is deemed better able to discern and navigate between fast paced changes and technological advances of the digital age as long as he/she is provided with sufficient information, although, in hindsight, not even professionals were able to fully understand, anticipate and duly respond to the previous financial crisis. Moreover, consumers are to suffer the consequences of the contracts they entered into without properly understanding their risks or their long term effects, as professional liability and state/agency protection are decreased to a minimum.

The conference aims to provide a forum where leading academics and practitioners, researchers, and enforcement officials from multiple jurisdictions join to present and discuss the most recent trends and challenges related to consumer financial protection in the digital age, as they stem from the latest normative developments and court cases.

The conference has a strong focus and emphasis on Nordic perspectives and solutions. Nordic markets have their particularities and Nordic countries adopt joint solutions, which are not sufficiently advertised to other jurisdictions. The conference panels and the ‘Nordic Round Table’ event will make these perspectives widely known and will facilitate dialogue and share of ideas between Nordic jurisdictions and the rest of the world.

Confirmed speakers include:
Jules Stuyck, Professor, University of Leuven
Hans Micklitz, Professor, European University Institute

Practical Information
Proposals must be submitted with a suggested title, author’s name and affiliation, an abstract not exceeding 500 words and an indication of the panel, by email to Dr. Catalin Gabriel Stanescu (catalin-gabriel.stanescu@jur.ku.dk) until the 1st of February 2018.

The conference call is open to papers addressing topics that range from the emergence and expansion of digital currencies and cyber-fraud, the effects of the Mortgage Directive and the new concept of “responsible consumer”, investments and capital markets, enforcement policies and initiatives, to risks and liability related to consumer debtor protection and abusive debt collection practices. The conference particularly welcomes papers addressing consumer financial protection from a Nordic and comparative perspective.

The final decision on selected speakers will be communicated to the authors by the 1st of March 2018. The choice of proposals will seek to ensure a balanced representation of the various aspects of the conference theme and ensure a wide representation of jurisdictions. Contributors are expected to submit a full draft paper for the conference by the 28th of May 2018 and a final version no later than by the 30th of June 2018. A peer-reviewed publication (edited book or special issue of a journal) is anticipated as the outcome of the workshop. A willingness to contribute and commitment to the publication schedule is expected from the conference presenters.

There is no registration fee for conference speakers. Lunch, tea & coffee and refreshments will be provided for all participants during the conference. Speakers will also be invited to our speakers’ dinner free of charge. The conference does not envision coverage of funds for travel or accommodation for all participants, but it will offer financial support to 3 PhD students or postdocs that cannot self-finance their participation.

Please register using this registration form.

Contact – Academic
Catalin Gabriel Stanescu, PostDoc, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. E-mail: catalin-gabriel.stanescu@jur.ku.dk.
Contact – Other
Malene Vinberg Johansen, Academic Officer, Research services, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. E-mail: malene.vinberg.johansen@jur.ku.dk.

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