Consumer Rights in China

China’s transition to a market economy has seen it become the world’s second largest economy, yet consumer protection provisions in the country have thus far failed to match this rapid advance in economic development.
 
Although China has undertaken reforms on its Consumer Protection Law, a lack of knowledge, research, and experience has hindered progress, and consumer protections lag far behind those in developed countries and indeed in some other developing countries.
 
This programme will provide a platform for China, the EU, and the rest of the world to address this urgent need to establish an effective consumer redress system in China, in order to help protect the rights of consumers in the world’s most populous country.
 
This programme will:

  • compare and analyse best approaches to effective consumer redress in several different jurisdictions, including the UK, Germany, Netherland, and US;
  • identify and analyse the circumstance under which specific practices function well;
  • make recommendations to Chinese consumer protection regulators regarding the possibility and the practical approach to build a consumer protection system in line with European and other systems

 
Ying Yu, Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and Programme Coordinator, FLJS Consumer Rights in China Programme
 
Mingnan Shen, Coordinator, FLJS Consumer Rights in China Programme