YEAR 2013 N.º 1

ISSN 2182-9845

Some reflections on the forthcoming European Diplomas on consumer sales of goods

Maria Raquel Guimarães


Sales contracts; cross-border contracts; consumer rights; Directive 2011/83/UE; CESL; e-commerce


This text looks into the goal of the European directive on consumer rights (Directive 2011/83/UE) and the proposed Common European Sales Law (CESL) as an “optional instrument” that contractors can choose in cross-border contracts. It specifically questions the European Commission’s purpose to turn consumer law into an area of full harmonization and to create a new common European sales law and the main goals that are intended to be archived with this plan: the increase of cross-border contracts and the creation of a single European market.