Economic Integration and Consumer Protection in Southeast Asia: ASEAN Product Liability Law and Safety Regulation

ASEAN PRODUCT LIABILITY AND CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY LAW, Winyuchon Publication House, Thailand, 2016

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/100

14 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2015 Last revised: 7 Jan 2016

See all articles by Luke R. Nottage

Luke R. Nottage

The University of Sydney Law School; The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Sakda Thanitcul

Chulalongkorn University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 13, 2015

Abstract

Southeast Asia has long been known as a particularly dynamic part of the global economy. In 2007 the leaders of the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations further agreed to accelerate the project to complete a single market or “ASEAN Economic Community” by the end of 2015. Less well known is that their blueprint also committed to improve and harmonise consumer law, to prevent a regulatory race to the bottom. A new Committee has encouraged member states to enact strict product liability regimes aimed at making it easier for consumers (and sometimes even businesses) to be compensated for harms suffered from unsafe products. ASEAN states have also introduced new or revised laws allowing regulators to set mandatory safety standards before products are put into circulation, and to enforce post-market controls such as bans and recalls of unsafe products.

This is the co-editors’ Introduction to a conference volume that adds two further introductory chapters to ten country reports detailing these consumer product safety laws, in the context of international and national regulatory structures and dispute resolution systems.

Keywords: Consumer law, comparative law, Asian law, international economic law, law and development

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Nottage, Luke R. and Thanitcul, Sakda, Economic Integration and Consumer Protection in Southeast Asia: ASEAN Product Liability Law and Safety Regulation (December 13, 2015). ASEAN PRODUCT LIABILITY AND CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY LAW, Winyuchon Publication House, Thailand, 2016; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/100. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2703130

Luke R. Nottage (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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The University of Sydney
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Australia

The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Room 640, Building F10, Eastern Avenue
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Sakda Thanitcul

Chulalongkorn University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Thailand

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