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Trinity College Dublin
A new approach to personal debt litigation:
The role of the Unfair Contract Terms Directive and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
2 CPD points
There are no more seminars planned.
The end of the Irish lending boom has left many individuals and families with unsustainable levels of personal debt. This seminar, co-organised by the ICEL, the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy (CHLRP) at the School of Law, NUI Galway, will examine how the Unfair Contract Terms in Consumer Contracts Directive (UCTD) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights might assist borrowers in debt related proceedings. Based on the UCTD and the Charter, the CJEU has been developing the law in this area, which can be applied by the Irish courts. All the papers and other materials are available for download here.
The issues raised in this seminar are the subject of a judicial review, Grant v Laois County Registrar. The applicants were granted leave to review a repossession order of their family home and the case is currently waiting opposition papers from Pepper Finance. the Notice Party. For a report in the Irish Times about the case, click here.
On 21st December Mr Justice Barrett delivered judgment in AIB v Counihan where he accepted that all Irish judges have an obligation to carry out an assessment of the terms of contracts falling within the Unfair Terms Directive. This is a long standing obligation under EU law and this judgment could have a very significant impact on the rights of consumers in all cases, especially in home repossessions. The judgment can be found here and the report in the Irish Times here.
Confirmed speakers and chairs
Marguerite Angelari, Senior Attorney, Open Society Justice Initiative – The debtor as a consumer, an overview of the key provisions of the UCTD and relevant case law
Dr Padraic Kenna, NUI Galway –The key role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in debt cases
Gary Fitzgerald BL, Director of the ICEL – Procedural issues in debt litigation, including Article 267 References
Madeleine Thornton, Emma Coffey Solicitors– Putting this into practice – protecting consumer rights
Julie Sadlier, Kieran Mulcahy Solicitors - Moderator
Seminars took place on the following dates:
Dublin - 10th November @ 16:30 - Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre, Distillery Building, Church Street, Dublin 7
Galway - 25th November @ 14:00 - Galway Court House
Cork - 7th December @ 16:30 - Imperial Hotel, Cork
Limerick - 22nd February 2017 @ 16:30 Savoy Hotel, Henry Street
Waterford - 23rd March 2017 - 16:00 Viking Hotel, Cork Road, Waterford
Who should attend? Judges, registrars, barristers, solicitors, and other members of the legal profession
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