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Teaching Consumer Law: Where Have We Been—Where Are We Going?"

Teaching Consumer Law Conference – Santa Fe, New Mexico, 18 & 19 May 2018

The Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law, is organizing its tenth biennial international teaching consumer law conference. The subject is "Teaching Consumer Law: Where Have We Been—Where Are We Going? The Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the "City Different," one of the most interesting cities in the United States.

The Conference will focus on traditional issues of consumer law, in the context of significant changes in technology, privacy and social media. The Conference is directed at those currently teaching or interested in teaching consumer law at the law school or college level. A discussion of a few of our prior Conferences may be found at:

The 2018 conference will deal with themes such as:

  • How might we integrate the increased use of social media into a consumer law course?
  • What innovations can or should we bring to the consumer law classroom to reflect popular culture?
  • Do we need more consumer regulation, or less?
  • What is the impact in the US of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and how do you teach about the CFPB?
  • Are there innovative ways to resolve consumer problems, other than the typical court and alternative dispute resolution systems? 
  • How do we deal with intra-state and intra-national consumer transactions?
  • Is online dispute resolution good or bad?
  • How can we teach the multitude of subjects encompassed within the term "consumer law"? What should we emphasize? What should we delete?
  • International consumer law developments and innovations.
  • Recent developments in substantive US consumer law.
  • The view from the trenches—what do practicing attorneys see as the current consumer law issues.

Papers and presentations are invited on any of the above themes, or any other topic related to the teaching of consumer law. Proposed topics may discuss the law of any jurisdiction; however, the emphasis is on topics of interest to law school professors and those with an interest in entering academia.

Those who wish to submit a paper or presentation topic are invited to forward a proposal including a brief abstract of not longer than 400 words and contact information for the author. The proposals should be sent to Professor Richard M. Alderman at Proposals should be submitted no later than 15 January 2018. Authors will be promptly notified of acceptance. Final drafts of the papers that are to be included in the Conference materials are to be forwarded not later than the 1st of May 2018. The language of the conference is English. Conference registration fees will be waived for all presenters. Some scholarships are available for travel and room costs. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law,

I look forward to seeing you in Santa Fe next May.