Professor Stephen Weatherill and Dr Dorota Leczykiewicz have received funding from the John Fell Fund to carry out a project on the images of the ‘consumer’ in EU law: legislation, free movement and competition law.

The purpose of the project is to invite experts in EU, consumer and competition law to explore the different ‘images’ of the consumer in different contexts of EU law. The project’s theme is inspired by the persisting questions about how many visions of the consumer there are in EU law, and whether they are consistent and sincere, or merely instrumental to the achievement of other goals. Are the different types of ‘consumer’ we find scattered across EU law apt reflection of rich diversity or do they create a troublingly chaotic landscape? Discussing these questions is particularly timely a few years after the Treaty of Lisbon, which reformed Union objectives to include a ‘social market economy’ and vested the Charter of Fundamental Rights, elevating ‘consumer protection’ to the status of a fundamental right, with a binding force. The project will culminate with a conference to be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford, on 27-28 March 2014.

Confirmed contributors:
Dr Albertina Albors-Llorens (University of Cambridge), Professor Hugh Beale (University of Warwick),  Professor Daniela Caruso (Boston University), Professor Gareth Davies (VU University Amsterdam), Professor Graeme Dinwoodie (University of Oxford), Dr Dev Gangjee (London School of Economics), Professor Stefan Grundmann (Humbolt University and European University Institute), Professor Chris Hodges (University of Oxford), Professor Geraint Howells (University of Manchester), Mr Angus Johnston (University of Oxford), Professor Alison Jones (King’s College London), Dr Vanessa Mak (Tilburg University), Professor Hans Micklitz (European University Institute), Dr Lucinda Miller (University College London), Professor Iain Ramsay (University of Kent), Professor Norbert Reich (University of Bremen), Professor Christian Twigg-Flesner (University of Hull).

For further information on the project please contact Dr Dorota Leczykiewicz