This post originally appeared on the European Law Institute’s website.

The American Law Institute (ALI) and European Law Institute (ELI) invite you to join their webinar on the use of automated decision-making and consumer law on 8 February 2024 from 18:00–19:30 CET (12:00–13:30 ET).

The webinar is part of a series of ALI-ELI webinars, which aim to showcase the on-going and completed works of both Institutes and their impact. It follows a successful inaugural webinar on the ALI-ELI Principles for a Data Economy.

The aim of the present webinar is to engage in a transatlantic dialogue on the use of automated decision-making (ADM) by consumers and/or traders. To this end, speakers will share insights on existing legal frameworks and their ‘readiness’ for the use of ADM, reflecting on the upcoming ALI Restatement on Consumer Contracts and recently published ELI Report on EU Consumer Law and Automated Decision-Making, which is an interim output of the ELI project on Guiding Principles and Model Rules on Algorithmic Contracts.

Consideration will be given to the question of whether there is a need for the revision of existing consumer laws, given that ADM could gradually facilitate the automation of all or some stages of the contracting lifecycle, for example with consumers uptaking digital assistants. The question arises how adequate consumer protection can be ensured in this context, while at the same time enabling the use of innovative technologies in consumer markets. These new realities might even require a re-thinking of existing concepts in consumer law, such as its protective function.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Pascal Pichonnaz (Chair; ELI President; Professor, University of Fribourg)
  • Christoph Busch (Co-Reporter of the ELI Report on EU Consumer Law and Automated Decision-Making; Professor, University of Osnabrück)
  • Teresa Rodriguez de las Heras Ballell (Co-Reporter of the ELI Report on EU Consumer Law and Automated Decision-Making; Professor, University Carlos III Madrid)
  • Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (Co-Reporter of the ALI Restatement on Consumer Contracts; Boxer Family Professor of Law, NYU Law)
  • John Linarelli (Advisor to the ALI Restatement on Consumer Law; Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law)
  • Hans W Micklitz (Professor, European University Institute)
  • Jeannie Paterson (Professor, University of Melbourne)

To register for the webinar, please click here. The webinar is open to the public free of charge.


The European Law Institute

Founded in June 2011 as an entirely independent organisation, the European Law Institute (ELI) aims to improve the quality of European law, understood in the broadest sense. It seeks to initiate, conduct and facilitate research, to make recommendations, and to provide practical guidance in the field of European legal development.