Micklitz, H. W. et al.E-commerce between consumer protection and sustainability

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‪Hans W. Micklitz, Nikola Schiefke, Christa Liedtke, Peter Kenning, Louisa Specht-Riemenschneider & Nina Baur

Release date:
December 2020

Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV), policy brief

A holistic view of all regulations along the life phases of a product including its raw materials shows that the phases that are not currently the focus of consumer law are subject to a variety of national, international and EU legal requirements well before and after the conclusion of a contract. For the consumer, however, it is almost impossible to get an overview of this and to find out the conditions under which the products bought online are manufactured and transported. The mere expansion of information obligations vis-à-vis consumers would, however, go too short in order to further develop online trading in the direction of sustainability. Rather, all actors involved, i.e. not only consumers but also business and politics, must assume responsibility. The SVRV discusses numerous possible solutions both within the existing consumer contract law, such as an obligation of the consumer to bear the cost of returns as well as legal and technical approaches that go far beyond this, e.g. B. Sustainability filters and the taxation of primary raw materials.

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