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Amending China’s Notion of a “Consumer”: Lessons from Comparative Analysis of the PRC Consumer Protection Law

K. Thomas ()
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K. Thomas: Aston University

Journal of Consumer Policy, 2022, vol. 45, issue 3, No 4, 435-456

Abstract: Abstract Who does the law treat as a “consumer” and why does it matter? How should China’s notion of a “consumer” best be articulated within the law and applied in practice? This article will attempt to answer these intriguing questions by first focusing on the approach taken to define a “consumer” in China’s Law on the Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests before examining the legal notion of a “consumer” in comparative perspective, in order to further understand the competing rationales behind the consumer protection law. This article will explore this Chinese definition of a “consumer” to propose how China’s vague and unworkable statutory definition of a ‘consumer’ should be amended in future.

Keywords: China; Consumer definition; Consumer protection; Comparative law (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s10603-022-09518-3

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