Regulation of Consumer Contract Formation in the U.S. and the EU: Almost a World Apart

29.08.2013 (19:00)

Universität Hamburg / Hauptgebäude / Hörsaal ESA H / Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 / 20146 / Hamburg // Hamburg

Die Veranstaltung findet in Zusammenarbeit mit der Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft - Seminar für Versicherungswissenschaft - der Universität Hamburg statt.

Zum o.a. Thema spricht:               
Professor Lawrence M. Solan

Don Forchelli Professor of Law, Director of Graduate Studies, Brooklyn Law School, New York

Einleitung/Moderation:
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Hannes Rösler, LL.M. (Harvard)
Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht; DAJV Hamburg

Profil: Lawrence M. Solan is the Don Forchelli Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition at Brooklyn Law School, and is currently Visiting Professor in the Linguistics Program at Princeton University. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Much of his writing is about the interpretation of statutes and contracts. His books include The Language of Judges, Speaking of Crime (with Peter Tiersma), and The Language of Statutes: Laws and their Interpretation, all published by the University of Chicago Press. He and Peter Tiersma recently published The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law (2012). Solan has been a visiting professor at the Yale Law School, and in the Psychology Department and Humanities Counsel at Princeton University.

Professor Solan beschreibt den Inhalt seines englischsprachigen Vortrages wie folgt:
“Consent” is central to contract law both in Europe and the United States. But the meaning of “consent” has shifted. Traditionally, “consenting to terms” meant agreeing to the substance of the terms themselves. With changes in commerce over the past quarter century in particular, “consenting to terms” now often means merely accepting the fact that one is bound by those terms, especially in consumer contracts. Some academics say that this is not consenting at all, but I disagree.

Using advances in linguistic theory, I will show how words like “consent” are routinely subject to both of these interpretations. Yet this shift in meaning has serious consequences for consumers who may be bound to terms that they have never seen. This, I argue, requires a serious shift in various doctrines governing contract law. Both the EU and German domestic law have made significant strides in this direction. The U.S., in contrast, has largely maintained the legal doctrines of a century ago, notwithstanding the need for far greater regulation on the European model.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt. Die Teilnahme ist kostenfrei.

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Dr. Leyendecker              Prof. Dr. Koch   Priv.-Doz. Dr. Rösler
(Vorsitzender)                    (Regionalvorstände)

 

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