Is the ‘Behavioural Turn’ in Consumer Law Taken by Dutch National Courts?

Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance 2017/09

20 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2017 Last revised: 26 Oct 2017

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Hanna Schebesta

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) - Law and Governance Group

Kai P. Purnhagen

University of Bayreuth; Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics

Date Written: October 25, 2017

Abstract

This contribution briefly traces the ‘behavioural turn’ in EU Consumer law. We argue that the multilevel-nature of this paradigm shift is currently underappreciating the role of national courts in giving traction to the behavioural sciences paradigm. In a jurisprudential analysis of cases applying the Unfair Commercial Practice Directive in the Netherlands in respect of the average consumer, we find that Dutch courts do not deploy behavioural insights.

Keywords: Consumer law, behavioural sciences, EU law in national courts

Suggested Citation

Schebesta, Hanna and Purnhagen, Kai Peter, Is the ‘Behavioural Turn’ in Consumer Law Taken by Dutch National Courts? (October 25, 2017). Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance 2017/09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3058637

Hanna Schebesta (Contact Author)

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Kai Peter Purnhagen

University of Bayreuth ( email )

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Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics ( email )

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