European Business Law Review

Volume 29 (2018)

Volume 29 (2018) / Issue 4

Guido Alpa, 'The Making of Consumer Law and Policy in Europe and Italy' (2018) 29 European Business Law Review, Issue 4, pp. 589–611


Before the creation of the European Economic Community in 1957 the Italian legal system did not know the notion of consumer in its legal meaning: “consumer” was a sociological and economic concept. Buyt for a quotation of this term in the Report made in 1942 by the Minister of Justice to the King concerning the presentation of the new Civil Code no statute had any reference to it. Only with the enactement of EC directives in different fields and only with the development of products liability the notion of consumer began to be a solid concept with important legal aspects. Today consumers occupy a relevent place in themarket, in contract law, in tort law, and also in competition law, and concumers associations are strong counterparties of entrepreneurs.

Copyright © 2018 Kluwer Law International
All rights reserved

ISSN: 0959-6941
ID: EULR2018023