EU Consumer Law


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • To supplement the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that may form part of the student’s choice of educational and professional profile

Learning objectives


  • Sources of law concerning EU consumer law
  • The concept of consumer and their organisation
  • EU law interaction with Member State consumer law
  • The purpose of consumer protection and interaction with other regulation
  • Selected consumer law issues:
    • Sale of consumer goods (including distance and doorstep selling), including fx:
      • Lack of conformity
      • Rights of the consumer in case of lack of conformity
      • Right of withdrawel
    • Commercial practice, including fx:
      • Unfair commercial practice
      • Misleading commercial practice
      • Identification
      • Unsolicited communication
      • Commercial practice directed at children and young people
      • Guarantees
      • Price information
    • Unfair contract terms
    • Means of payment
    • Passengers’ rights
    • Complaints and sanction
  • Sharing economy
  • Knowledge about the impact of digitalisation on consumer protection legislation


  • Proper use of concepts and terminology in consumer law
  • Identifying relevant consumer law issues
  • Express themselves clearly and well-structured on consumer law issues with the use of correct terminology
  • Understanding relevant practice from the EU Court of Justice
  • Using sources of law and legal methods in consumer law
  • Qualifying interaction between public and civil consumer protection legislation
  • Qualifying interaction between EU legislation and Member State implementation


  • Independently explaining consumer law areas and reflecting critically and analytically
  • The ability to assess and analyse rules and consequences of the rules
  • Qualify and relate legal issues within consumer law
  • Being able to work problem-oriented by independently composing a problem and working with it in an analytical and structured way
  • Taking responsibility for own learning, development and specialisation within the frames of consumer law
  • Being able to reflect on the impact of digitalisation on aspects of consumer protection such as new business models (sharing economy), advertising, sustainability, and information duties

Type of instruction

  • Workshops
  • Lectures

Students are expected to physically show up to class to participate in group and project work.

Extent and expected workload

  • 270 hours


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • A written hand-in – answering given questions regarding the course curriculum – must be submitted 3 weeks after the start of the course. The assignment will be given at least 2 weeks before the course starts.
  • The work with the hand in should be expected to take 2 full weeks. The hand-in must be accepted by the teacher in order for the student to participate in the exam.
  • The same conditions apply for reexams. The deadline for the written hand-in must be agreed upon with the course responsible.


Name of examEU Consumer Law
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
20 minutes per student x participants in the group
Permitted aidsProject can be brought to the exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleEU Forbrugerret
Module codeJUR-SM-21-22
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Law
DepartmentDepartment of Law
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities


NB literature will be announced 3 weeks prior to start on semester
The exact description of literature will be shown in the lesson plan

  • Book: Rethinking EU Consumer Law 
    Howells, Geraint G., author.; Twigg-Flesner, Christian, 1975- author.; Wilhelmsson, Thomas, 1949- author. 2018
  • Primary sources of law:
    • Directives and Regulations.
    • Rulings from the EU Court of Justice
  • Scientific articles