By the end of 2022, Member States had to implement the Representative Actions Directive (EU) 2020/1828 into national law. The Directive is meant to open a new chapter in the enforcement of consumer law. At the same time, it leaves a great number of regulatory choices to the Member States, which will affect the effectiveness of the representative action greatly. Crucial issues include the requirements on legal standing of qualified entities, the way and the time in which consumers have to sign up to collective litigation, the financing of redress claims and the way in which potential gains are to be distributed to the consumers concerned.
The University of Oldenburg hosts an international workshop on "The Implementation of the Representative Actions Directive in the Member States" to explore the choices of national legislators, to evaluate the effectiveness of the new instruments in comparison with public enforcement and existing mechanisms, and to discuss their interplay especially with legal tech management.
The conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16, 2023.
Thursday, June 15
14.00 – 15.00
Chair: Geraint Howells (Univ. Galway)
Peter Rott (Univ. Oldenburg), The Representative Actions Directive – What is new?
Petra Leupold (VKI), Implementation in Austria
15.30 – 17.30
Chair: Peter Rott (Univ. Oldenburg)
Charlotte Pavillon (Univ. Groningen), Implementation in France
Jagna Mucha (Univ. Warsaw) and Monika Namyslowska (Univ. Łodz), Implementation in Poland
Karin Sein (Univ. Tartu), Implementation in Estonia
Ursula Pachl (BEUC), Multinational litigation – dream or reality?
Friday, June 16
9.00 – 10.30
Chair: Karin Sein (Univ. Tartu)
Cristina Amato (Corte di Supremo), Implementation in Italy
Geraint Howells (Univ. Galway), Implementation in Ireland and Experience from the UK
Clement Salung Pedersen (Univ. Copenhagen), Implementation in Denmark
11.00 – 12.00
Chair: Axel Halfmeier (Univ. Lüneburg)
Reinhard Steennot (Univ. Gent), Implementation in Belgium
Franziska Weber (Univ. Rotterdam), Implementation in the Netherlands
13.00 – 14.30
Chair: Reinhard Steennot (Univ. Gent)
Peter Rott (Univ. Oldenburg), Implementation in Germany
Jutta Gurkmann (vzbv), The view of vzbv
Axel Halfmeier (Univ. Lüneburg), Prescription
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