Since the first UPICLC conference in 2014, the University of Pretoria Consumer Protection Law Cluster has attempted to propagate and address various consumer issues and trends on a national, regional and international scale. Through the years there have been consistent collaborative efforts and the dissemination of information, scholarly research, empirical studies and the professional input of the legal fraternity and regulatory authorities. This all in an attempt to address issues regarding the global consumer market, regulatory enforcement and redress challenges, consumer rights and policy, proportionality, sustainability and vulnerability.
As a global community we are faced with disruptive events such as pandemics, natural disasters, crashing economies and governments that are divided, yet another industrial revolution with its own challenges and of course war. Consumer protection had to broaden its horizon and grew significantly as a multidisciplinary field of law as a result.
What should consumer protection and consumer protection law in the 21st century look like? Are we moving towards a new Pangaea where we are looking at a supercontinent with consistent conforming consumer regulation, representative of the world's consumers and segments in the consumer market or are we heading towards a continental drift where nations and continents are drifting further apart in their approach to consumer protection and the regulation of the business-consumer dynamic?
We invite attendees and speakers to explore this conference theme further, and how it affects all the various aspects, policies, theories, areas and rights that is considered part of consumer protection.
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