PhD research Michelle Liu: Digital vulnerability in European and Chinese private law

2023 until 2028
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P.Y.M. Liu (Michelle)
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Michelle Liu is working on a dissertation with the working title 'Digital vulnerability in European and Chinese private law'.

Mindful of the consumer-trader power imbalance, EU law makes a few assumptions as to the consumer’s weaker position and its causes. However, the power balance has grown significantly due to digitalisation. This begs the question whether digitalisation renders the assumptions outdated and undermines the instruments to protect the consumer.

Consequently, digital vulnerability became a buzz word in European legal literature. However, the exact outlines of this concept are still vague. Therefore, the aim of this research is to explore these new territories. What is digital vulnerability? What consequences does the adoption of this notion bring and can it solve the power imbalance in the digital age? 

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