Papers are invited from students/teachers and other stake holders in connection with a seminar to be jointly organized by the Centre for Consumer Protection Law and Policy (CCPLaP), Centre for Law and Economics (CLE) & Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Law Reforms (CPSLR) at NUALS, Kochi on 17th and 18th March 2017.

The topic of the seminar is “Need for an International Consumer Protection Framework and Policy – Economic and Legal Concerns”.

Brief Description of the Theme

It is paradoxical that in an era of globalization where trade and consumerism has crossed national barriers but the laws regarding the same have remained hugely national. Though isolated efforts have arisen at the international level, including efforts by the United Nations in this regard, concrete and coercive efforts remain still elusive.

The traditional notion of a consumer being subject to the legal system of a country has long been replaced by consumer who buys goods and avails of service from other countries and originating from other countries.

The growth of e-commerce industries transcending national boundaries also magnifies this situation. The likelihood of a consumer coming face to face with an alien legal system is a real possibility like never before. Whether municipal laws or private international law have addressed this issue in right earnest is oft debated question. Answers in the negative to the above question are also not uncommon.

It is in the backdrop of this question that a seminar of this nature was envisioned and envisaged. The seminar is essentially an attempt to analyse the present scenario and see if workable options are possible in this regard and in the event of possibility of options, suggest measures for the protection of consumer interest at the international level.

The seminar focuses mainly on the following themes:


1.1 Existing Consumer Laws and Policy in International Trade – Necessity for Transformation

The object of the session is to identify current lacunae, if any, and suggest possible reformation to International consumer protection framework and policy when and where required. It intends to emphasize issues of Private International Law and Municipal Law in the form of their effects on the implementation of an international framework on consumer protection.

It also seeks to analyze the effectiveness of the initiatives of the various international institutions in this field and further delve into the possibilities of standardization of consumer laws at a global level, thrusting greater importance on the rights and protection of the consumers.

Thus, the objective is to channelize the discussions to the development of a policy framework at the global level that shifts to an individualistic approach, from the now existent, state approach.

1.2 Economic Factors Affecting Formation of International Consumer Protection Framework and Policy

In the second half of the session, the seminar broadens the theme to bring in the concerns faced by the global economic realm, by examining as to how far the individual choices and the market fluctuations affect the consumer as a whole, in the era of globalisation and e-commerce.

It also spreads across to study the repercussions in the field of domestic and international trade by basing the discourse on the economics of standardisation and the economic benefits of the same.


2.1 International Framework on the Consumer Protection Repercussions in the Indian Legal System

The session is an analysis on whether an international framework on consumer protection would go against the stated objectives of the legislations in India regarding consumer protection law and policy.

It also seeks to enquire probable changes to be brought about in the Indian legislative framework so as to meet international demands and also to assess whether such international policies undermine the powers of the Indian parliament and the aspirations of the Indian public.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submissions are to be made in electronic form only and are to be sent to
  2. Each article must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 300 words.
  3. The word limit for the papers is set at 3000 words (inclusive of footnotes).
  4. Abstracts must be submitted before 5th February 2017. Acceptance of abstract shall be intimated on or before 7th February 2017.
  5. Once abstract is selected, full paper must be submitted on or before 7th March 2017.
  6. Submission must contain a covering letter indicating the name of the author(s), the name of the institution, e-mail id and contact number.
  7. By submitting an article, the author is presumed to undertake that the article is an original work and has not been submitted, accepted or published elsewhere.
  8. Articles found plagiarized will be summarily rejected.
  9. Co – authorship is allowed (maximum of 2 authors).
  10. Authors of the selected papers would be required to present at the seminar.
  11. In case of co-authored papers, only one author would be permitted to make the presentation.

Formatting Guidelines:

  1. All submissions must follow the Bluebook system of citation.
  2. Submissions must be in Times New Roman with font size 12 and line spacing 1.5
  3. Footnotes must be in Times New Roman with font size 10 and line spacing 1.
  4. Submissions may be made in .doc/.docx/.odt formats only.

Note: The travel expenses of the authors of a few chosen papers would be subsidized at the discretion of the organizers.

The following cash prizes would be awarded to the three best papers received:

FIRST PRIZE: RS. 10,000/-


THIRD PRIZE: RS. 5,000/-

For further details or queries, please contact us at

Akhil V. Menon – +919539686568; Shinto Mathew Abraham – +918943187245

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