Consumer Protection in a Circular Economy

In recent years, policy makers at various levels are discovering the concept of “circular economy” and are increasingly proposing strategies and legal instruments to support the transition from a linear economy towards a more circular economy. Against this background, the aims of this international conference are: first, to explore the “circular economy” concept and strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective (economics, engineering, ethics, law), and, second, to identify and critically assess “circular economy” legal instruments in various steps of the value chain. In doing so, the focus with be primarily on production, consumption, repair and remanufacturing and on the most pressing consumer protection issues at these stages. As innovative business and consumption models – like the “functional economy” (consuming services rather than buying products) - can also contribute to the transition towards a more circular economy, attention will also be paid to the legal challenges these new economic models entail.

Programme

8.30       Registration

9.00       Welcome Bert Keirsbilck and Evelyne Terryn, KU Leuven, CCM

MORNING SESSION: TOWARDS A “CIRCULAR ECONOMY” IN EUROPE

9.10       KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Towards a circular economy in Europe - An overview of EU initiatives

Hugo Maria Schally, Head of Unit - ENV.B1 - Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption, European Commission, DG Environment

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

9.25       Engineering

Karel Van Acker, Faculty of Engineering Science, KU Leuven

9.45       Economics

Johan Eyckmans, Faculty of Economics, KU Leuven, Brussels Campus

10.05     Ethics

Antoon Vandevelde, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven

COFFEE BREAK (10.20-10.45)

PANEL DEBATE (10.45– 11.40)  

- Luc Alaerts, Circular Flanders

- Catherine Vanderstichelen, Environment Brussel, “Economy in transition”  

- Thomas Opsomer, IFixit

- Jules Stuyck, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven

11.40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Consumer protection in the circular economy in China – Legal initiatives and challenges

Lei Chen, City University of Hong Kong

SANDWICH LUNCH (12.00-13.00)

AFTERNOON SESSION: CONSUMER PROTECTION IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY – LEGAL INITIATIVES AND CHALLENGES 

Chair : Jules Stuyck

13.00     The design and production stage: ecodesign requirements

Anaïs Michel, KU Leuven

13.20     The information and marketing stage: information requirements, labelling and green claims

Bert Keirsbilck, KU Leuven

13.40     The contracting stage: legal and commercial guarantees and the right to repair in Europe and the US

Evelyne Terryn and Sanne Vandemaele, KU Leuven

14.00     Functional economy (from products to services): legal challenges

Fryderyk Zoll, University of Krakau

BREAK OUT SESSIONS: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES (14.10– 15.30)

Session 1 Movables: national legal initiatives and challenges      Session 2 Real estate

NL: Vanessa Mak, University of Tilburg                                                 ES: Francisco De Elizalde, IE University Madrid

SI: Petra Weingerl and Janja Hojnik, University of Maribor               IT: Alberto de Franceschi, University of Ferrara

SE: Eleonore Maitre Ekern, University of Oslo                                     FR: Denis Voinot, University of Lille

UK: Christian Twigg-Flesner, University of Warwick                           DE: Klaus Tonner, University of Rostock

B: Annick De Boeck, KU Leuven                                                             B: Benjamin Verheye, KU Leuven

15.30-16.20        Report from the break-out sessions and panel debate

- Session reporters Klaus Tonner and Christian Twigg-Flesner

- Patrick Van den Bossche, head Center of expertise Environment, Agoria

- Ursula Pachl, BEUC

16.20     CLOSING REMARKS  Hans Micklitz, EUI

16.40     KEYNOTE CLOSING ADDRESS: Consumer protection in the circular economy in Europe – Legal initiatives and challenges – The Commission’s view Renatas Mazeika, Head of Unit responsible for consumer policy, European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers

17.00     END OF CONFERENCE

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Target group: 

This conference is relevant for all legal professionals who will be increasingly confronted with consumer protection issues in a more circular economy: lawyers, judges, policymakers and in-house counsels.

Registration fee: 175 € (with conference book) / 100 € (without conference book). The fee of €175.00 includes: participation to the conference, documentation, sandwich lunch, coffee breaks and the conference book (which will be sent afterwards).

Accreditation

OVB: acknowledgment requested

IGO: acknowledgment requested

Erkend door
- OVB (2017-03209)
Inhoudelijk verantwoordelijke
Bert Keirsbilck - Evelyne Terryn
Contactgegevens
Karin Andries
Karin.Andries@kuleuven.be
+32 2 609 37 09
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