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Meet the project team leader, Prof. Christine Riefa

Updated: Mar 16

Prof. Christine Riefa is leading the project Cross-border enforcement of consumer law (full info: www.crossborderenforcement.com) She is a consumer law expert with international expertise. She has advised governments on reform of consumer laws in different hemispheres. She is widely published with work cited in official documents from international institutions (incl. The World Economic Forum, UNCTAD, the European Parliament, the OECD) and academic scholarship. She is currently working on a monograph (under contract with Cambridge University Press) on Consumer Protection and Global E-commerce. Her latest publications include:

  • Vulnerable Consumers in the Digital Single Market (forthcoming, European Business Law Review 2022)

  • Consumer Law and the Internet (with Anna Medvinskaia) in Gringras: The Laws of the Internet (6th ed., Bloomsbury Professional 2022)

  • Coronavirus as a Catalyst to Transform Consumer Policy and Enforcement (Journal of Consumer Policy 2021)

  • Vulnerable Consumers and the Law (co-edited with Séverine Saintier) (Routledge 2021)

  • Consumer Theories of Harm, an economic approach to consumer law enforcement and policy making (co-authored with Paolo Siciliani and Harriet Gamper) (Hart 2019)

  • Consumer Protection and Online Auction Platforms (Routledge 2016)

She currently serves on the United Nations Working Group on Consumer Protection in E-Commerce (sub-groups on unfair commercial practices and sub-group on cross-border enforcement) as part of the UNCTAD Inter-Governmental Group of Experts. She is also a member of the Consultative Group of Experts of the Committee for the development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists at the World Tourism Organisation (A specialised agency of the United Nations). She was the expert to the Rapporteur on the General Product Safety Regulation at the European Economic and Social Committee. She is a Board Member of the International Association of Consumer Law and a founding editor of the Journal of European Consumer and Market Law (EuCML, published by Beck and available on Kluwer).


Prof. Riefa teaches Commercial Law, Law and technology, and legal skills at the University of Reading (UK).



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