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The Commission Recommendation on Collective Redress

14th October 2013

The European Commission has recently published its long awaited Recommendation on Collective Redress. This establishes principles for national collective redress mechanisms in the Member States to achieve EU wide coherency. Fair, equitable and timely national redress mechanisms should be put in place in all Member States, in the different areas where EU law grants rights to citizens and companies (consumer protection, competition, environment protection and financial services).

The Recommendation advocates "opt-in" mechanisms except for exceptional cases. It stresses the importance of information on on-going claims and of procedural safeguards (no contingency fees, standing of non-profit organisations, prohibition of punitive damages). It ensures cross-border participation in collective claims and promotes ADR. The Member States have two years to adapt their national systems to achieve the objectives set out in the Recommendation.

This seminar will address the principles established by the Recommendation, debate which actions need to be taken by the Member States, especially the UK, and reflect on the impact that these changes will have on citizens and their rights to redress.

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The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is convened by Dr Eva Lein and Dr Duncan Fairgrieve, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

With financial support from the Civil Justice Programme of the European Union.


Individual £95
Full-time Academic £60
Full-time Student £35

Individual £160
Full-time Academic £100
Full-time Student £60

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This event is accredited for 4.5 CPD hours.

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