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 failed to match this rapid advance in economic development.

China has reformed its Consumer Protection Law, yet a lack of knowledge, research, and experience has hindered progress, and consumer protections lag far behind those in developed countries and even those of some 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.

One of the aims of the programme is to investigate the One Belt One Road Initiative launched by the Chinese government to open new economic corridors by reviving the model of the Old Silk Road. The Oxford One Belt One Road research project held in conjunction with the Oxford Faculty of Law will examine the legal and constitutional structure that is suited to the complex and unprecedented issues that arise in such a cross-border and international undertaking.

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