Legislating for an Effective and Legitimate System of Online Consumer Arbitration

Forthcoming, Arbitration in the Digital Age: The Brave New World of Arbitration (Maud Piers and Christian Aschauer eds. 2018)

University of Leicester School of Law Research Paper No. 17-10

41 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2017 Last revised: 20 Mar 2018

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Pablo Cortes

University of Leicester - School of Law

Tony Cole

University of Leicester Law School

Date Written: September 16, 2017

Abstract

This chapter addresses the conflict between the restrictive and negative view often taken towards consumer arbitration and the supportive and positive view often taken towards ODR by arguing that a properly designed system of online consumer arbitration can fulfil the promise of consumer arbitration while avoiding its greatest risks. After clarifying what is meant by the term “online arbitration” and addressing the important differences that exist between commercial arbitration and consumer arbitration, this chapter examines the current regulatory framework applicable to consumer arbitration, contrasting the two dominant regulatory approaches found in the EU and the US. Moreover, this chapter discusses the distinctive and problematic features of consumer arbitration, and addresses the additional problems that can develop when consumer arbitration is undertaken in the ODR context. Lastly, this chapter considers current alternatives to online consumer arbitration and concludes by proposing four guarantees that legislators should include in order to ensure a fair and effective system of online consumer arbitration.

Suggested Citation

Cortes, Pablo and Cole, Tony, Legislating for an Effective and Legitimate System of Online Consumer Arbitration (September 16, 2017). Forthcoming, Arbitration in the Digital Age: The Brave New World of Arbitration (Maud Piers and Christian Aschauer eds. 2018); University of Leicester School of Law Research Paper No. 17-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3084696

Pablo Cortes

University of Leicester - School of Law ( email )

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Leicester LE1 7RH, LE1 7RH
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Tony Cole (Contact Author)

University of Leicester Law School ( email )

University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

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