The article considers the relationship between competition and consumer law. First, it notes that consumer law may help render markets more competitive but that it may also restrict competition, requiring the legislator to decide how to trade off consumer protection and competition. Second, it suggests that certain consumer law issues can be addressed using antitrust tools, which sheds some light on how the consumer acquis may be revised. Third, it explores the extent to which competition law is part of consumer law, challenging the approach whereby legality for competition law purposes is conditional on undertakings promising to implement measures to protect consumers, and suggesting a better role for competition law is the supervision of self-regulatory agreements designed to protect consumers.
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This journal deals with contract law and serves as a pan-European platform for discussion and analysis. Since the early 2000s when this journal was created, European Contract Law has come to encompass an increasingly comprehensive body of law. The importance and breadth of the field and the methods and questions involved are such that ERCL has established itself as the specialised European journal in this area.