General Presentation

Mardi 16 décembre 2008, par Gredicc // Summer School (ENG)

Developments in National, Comparative and International Law

From June 29th to July 4th 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Organized with the support of the Organization of American States


From 1990 to 1999, a summer school in consumer law has been organized by Professor Thierry Bourgoignie and Mrs Françoise Maniet who were then respectively Director of the Centre de droit de la consommation of the University of Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and research assistant at the same Centre. Between 50 and 70 persons coming from all over the world did attend each year this summer programme. The impact of this event has been most significant, in particular in terms of:

  • training of trainers;
  • giving support to policy-makers;
  • enhancing exchanges about consumer laws and market surveillance pratices;
  • approximating consumer legislation on regional and/or international markets;
  • promoting consumer law and policy in scientific and academic circles;
  • and consolidating an international network of consumer experts.

Professor Bourgoignie joined UQAM in May 2003, where he founded a research unit in international and comparative consumer law or Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation (GREDICC). Information on this research group objectives, membership and ongoing projects are available on the left menu.

Françoise Maniet has organized every year since 2004 a summer school in international and European environmental law for the Centre d’études en droit international at the University of Montreal. In September 2008 she joined UQÀM and GREDICC, where she is now adjunct-professor and will be in charge, among other projects, of the academic preparation of the summer courses in consumer law, the first session of which will be held in June 2009.


  • To offer an intensive and high-quality training in consumer law and policy with a special emphasis upon international and regional developments;
  • To promote exchanges of knowledge, experiences and practices between participants from several legal systems and to enhance comparisons of legal tools;
  • To provide the participants with up-dated documentation materials;
  • To enhance the consolidation of an international network of expertise in consumer law and policy, namely at the Inter-American level.


  • Students;
  • Academics, professors and researchers specialized or willing to specialize in consumer law and policy;
  • Officials of national administrations and/or public bodies in charge of consumer policy;
  • Officials of regional and international institutions competent for taking initiatives towards consumer protection and related matters on regional and global markets;
  • Heads of or lawyers working in consumers associations and related NGO’s concerned with issues such as sustainable consumption; quality of life, health protection or fair trade;
  • Economic operators and heads of or lawyers working in business associations;
  • Judges, lawyers and legal consultants.


Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation (GREDICC)

GREDICC is a research group located within the Law Department of the Faculté de science politique et de droit of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Its members are professors, researchers and students from UQAM and other Quebec, Canadian and foreign universities. GREDICC works on the development and consolidation of a network of consumer experts throughout the Americas. Its main research themes currently are: (i) the reform of the Loi sur la protection du consommateur du Québec, (ii) the status of consumer protection law and policy in regional and international trade agreements, (iii) reassessing the theory of consumer protection law in the era of globalisation and sustainable development, (iv) the autonomy of consumer law within the legal system, and (v) the regulation of commercial advertising to children.

Catedra euro-americana de proteccion juridica de los consumidores

The Euro-American Chair on Consumers’ Legal Protection was set up by the University of Cantabria and the government of Cantabria; it is based in Santander, Spain. Its aim is to build up a university forum for research and development in the field of consumer protection from a legal perspective. It regroups several Universities from Latin America, North America and Europe. It undertakes common projects favouring, in the medium- and long-term, the improvement of the level of legal protection for consumers and users. GREDICC is a member of the Chair. Both institutions do cooperate and the Chair was a co-organizer of the international conference on regional economic integration and consumer protection held in Montreal in October 2007.


  • BOURGOIGNIE Thierry, Professor, Director of the Department of Law, Director of GREDICC, UQAM
  • MANIET Françoise, Adjunct-professor, GREDICC, UQAM
  • TOMILLO URBINA Jorge, Professor, Vice-Rector, Chairman of the Euro-American Chair on Consumers’ Legal Protection, University of Cantabria, Spain


Monday 29 June to Saturday 4 July 2009


Faculté de science politique et de droit (Faculty of Law and Political Science)
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Montreal, Quebec


The courses schedule is planned so that all lectures are offered in French, in English and in Spanish (simultaneous translation English to Spanish).


Professors and practitioners, all first-rank experts in consumer law, from Canada, United States, South America and the European Union.

Lecturers (by alphabetical order) :

  • Alvarez Rubio Julio, Professor, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
  • Bourgoignie Thierry, Professor, UQAM, Quebec, Canada
  • Conway Émilie, Researcher, UQAM, Quebec, Canada
  • Darier Eric, General Director, Greenpeace, Canada
  • Farquahr Bruce, International Consultant (to be confirmed)
  • Gozalo Lopez Vicente, Professor, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
  • Lafond Pierre-Claude, Professor, Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada (to be confirmed)
  • Lima-Marques, Claudia, Professor, University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brésil
  • Lorz Bettina, Commission of the European Communities, DG Environment (to be confirmed)
  • Maniet Françoise, Adjunct professor, UQAM, Quebec, Canada
  • Nehf James, Professor, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, USA
  • Paisant Gilles, Professor, Université de Savoie, France
  • Pegado-Liz Jorge, Economic and Social Committee, European Union, Brussels, Belgium
  • Ramsay Iain, Professor, University of Kent, United Kingdom
  • Riefa Christina, Professor, Brunel University, United Kingdom
  • Saumier Geneviève, Professor, McGill University, Quebec, Canada
  • St-Amant Jacques, Adjunct-professor, UQAM, Quebec, Canada
  • Simpson Robin, Consumers International, London, United Kingdom
  • Tomillo Urbina Jorge, Professor, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
  • Toyos Rugarcia Fernando, General Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs from the Government of Cantabria, Spain
  • Vandelac Louise, Professor, UQAM, Quebec, Canada


Participation to the Summer School can earn 4 university credits for graduate and postgraduates students.

The course is part of UQAM’s course bank and bears the following code and title : FPD790A-80 : Droit national et international de la consommation (4 cr.)

The summer courses will count for 4 credits to LL.M and/or doctorate students if approved by the director of their study programme.


It is expected that the summer courses will be certified as an activity credited to the members of the Quebec Bar to meet their continuous training obligations.


A complete and updated documentation will be prepared and provided to the participants at the opening session of the courses. This documentation set will include a selection of laws and other relevant legal documents or papers the consultation of which is deemed useful.


A wide range of hotels and apartments located in the immediate surroundings of the UQAM will soon be suggested.


While busy during daytime, participants will have plenty of time to visit and enjoy Montreal in the evenings. UQAM is located in a very lively area (so-called Quartier latin) and at a walking distance of downtown.

At this time of the year Montreal is a very lively city with a lot of cultural events going on. The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts on July 1st, which creates an exceptional atmosfeer with several open air concerts taking place in the city center.


Françoise Maniet or Hugues Brisson
Département des sciences juridiques, UQAM
C.P. 8888, succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal, Québec H3C 3P8

Phone : 514 987 3000, poste 1635
Fax : 514 987 4784

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