Annual Consumer Law Conference – The Continued Relevance of Consumer Law and the Need for More Vigilant Consumer Agencies

Date: 18 March 2020

Time: 13.00 – 17.00 hrs

Venue: Chamber of Advocates Conference Hall

The Chamber of Advocates, through its Malta Law Academy Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Malta, proudly presents the Annual Consumer Law Conference 2020.  The event, entitled The continued relevance of Consumer Law and the need for more vigilant consumer agencies, will take place at the Chamber of Advocates Conference Hall on Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 13.00 – 17.00 hrs.  

The speakers at this event are all experts and leading practitioners in the field and shall be addressing different perspectives, developments and issues involving consumer rights and consumer safety, including recent Maltese Court judgments, the new ‘omnibus’ directive recently introduced by the European Commission and passenger problems in the airline industry.  

The activity will be opened by the Hon Chief Justice Dr Joseph Azzopardi, while Dr David Fabri (Head of the Department of Commercial Law and organizer) will deliver the first talk with a critical round-up of recent consumer mishaps and misadventures.

Mr Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General DG SANTE at the European Commission will be the keynote speaker.  His talk will discuss the role of regulation and the challenges facing regulation in ensuring consumer safety.  A number of safety and consumer concerns in the health sector will also be reviewed.

Dr Lorna Mifsud Cachia shall take a critical look at three recent judgments of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) which have dealt with consumer law. 

Dr Antoine Grima shall analyse the implications of a recent local Court of Appeal Decision on the role of consumer authorities in the enforcement of consumer law.

Dr Clive Aquilina Spagnol shall address recent consumer and competition issues that affected the travelling consumer, following recent incidents involving well-known airline companies.   

Dr Annalies Muscat shall examine the recently-published Consumer Rights Omnibus Directive which Malta is required to transpose in the coming months.

The conference will be closed by Rev Dr John Berry, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta.

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List of Speakers:

Introduction: The Hon. Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi

Dr David Fabri

Mr Martin Seychell (European Commission, Keynote Speaker)

Dr Lorna Mifsud Cachia

Dr Antoine Grima

Dr Clive Aquilina Spagnol

Dr Annalies Muscat

Rev Dr John Berry, Dean of the Faculty of Theology (Closing address)

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