Ship Street Centre, Jesus College
Friday, 28 October 2011 - 9:00am


The Hidden World of Consumer ADR: Redress and Behaviour

ADR is highly topical at EU level and within Member States, with the European Commission due to issue proposals in 2011 for a Framework Directive on ADR and a Regulation on a system for ODR. Yet many people are unfamiliar with the consumer dispute resolution mechanisms that have emerged, almost unseen, in recent years:  ADR in this context is not merely "mediation" of court claims, but a separate world.

This conference reported results of a major comparative study on ADR systems in Europe, showing what actually exists, and what potential exists for extending both redress and collective redress.

Participants included:

Isabelle Rouveure, European Commission SANCO B4

Sarah Chambers/Graham Branton, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, London

Dr Rainer Metz and Dr Georg Storke, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Berlin

Dr Maria Reiffenstein, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Vienna

Paulien van der Grinten, Ministry of Justice, The Hague
Rhona MacSweeney, Dept. of Enterprise, Trade & Innovation, Dublin (invited)