Study on consumer protection in E-commerce in China and Germany published

E-Commerce is growing rapidly in China and Germany. A research project, at which ConPolicy participated, investigated how E-Commerce should best be regulated to improve consumer protection. The results of this study are now published with C.H.Beck München/Hart Oxford/Nomos Baden-Baden.

The study concludes that while both countries see the necessity to regulate the E-Commerce market, the approaches differ quite significantly regarding the objectives, the scope and the instruments for regulation. The Chinese approach is heavily based on state control which leaves little scope for self-regulation. On the other hand, the German - and the approach chosen in the European Union -  is based primarily on self-regulation and the role of private actors. 

The study develops, condenses and compares the key regulatory approaches on E-Commerce in China, Germany and the European Union. It presents the legal framework and how it is interpreted and on the basis of an interdisciplinary analysis it compares both systems.

The study was financed by German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce. The following experts participated in the research project:

China: Li Anyu (University of International Business and Economics, Beijing); He Mingke, (Beijing Technology and Business University); Ala Musi (CEO of Beijing Deofar Information Technology Co., Ltd.).

Germany and the EU: Malte Krüger (Fachhochschule Aschaffenburg); Hans-Wolfgang Micklitz (European University Institute, Florence); Kai Purnhagen (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich); Gerald Spindler (Georg-August-University Göttingen); Christian Thorun (Institute for Consumer Policy, Bad Honnef).


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Quelle: ConPolicy - Institute for Consumer Policy