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Inter-American Juridical Committee - October 2016

Inter-American Juridical Committee Approves Resolution for the International Protection of Consumers

During its most recent regular session (October 2016), the Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) approved a resolution for the international protection of consumers, a topic that was included on its agenda in 2015, that recognizes the challenges faced by consumers in cross-border dealings and the need for special protection as a consequence, including access to effective, efficient and affordable methods of dispute resolution. At the same time, the resolution acknowledges the importance of preserving the ability of sellers and suppliers to compete in the marketplace to ensure that consumers are provided with a wide range of products and services appropriate to their needs and desires, while also ensuring their health, safety and need for special protection.

Inter-American Juridical Committee Approves Resolution for the International Protection of Consumers

By means of this resolution, the CJI calls on countries of the Hemisphere to consider recommendations made by various international organizations to adopt appropriate principles and mechanisms in applicable law, dispute settlement procedures and best business practices for suppliers of goods and services destined for consumers in cross-border transactions, among them United Nations, the OECD, the International Law Association, and the Caribbean Community. The CJI emphasized the need for States to establish mechanisms for international cooperation and coordination in the area of consumer protection.

The CJI also announced that as a follow-up to this matter, it would focus its future efforts on issues relating to mechanisms for online settlement of disputes arising from cross-border consumer transactions.

» For the text of the resolution, see “International Protection of Consumers”, CJI/RES.227 (LXXXIX-O/16) of October 13, 2016.

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