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Professor HOWELLS, Geraint

LLB (Brunel)
LLD (Brunel)
Barrister (Inner Temple)

Dean & Chair Professor of Commercial Law

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-P5318
Phone: +(852)-3442-8180
Email: ghowells@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Consumer & Product Liability
  • Contract/Sale
  • European
  • Comparative Law

Selected Books

  • 1993   Comparative Product Liability (Dartmouth) 333pp + viii.
  • 1995   The Law of Consumer Protection (Dartmouth) (with S Weatherill) 601pp + xxii         
                (second edition 2005)
  • 1997   European Consumer Law (Dartmouth) (with T. Wilhelmsson) 464 pp + vii.
  • 1998   Consumer Product Safety (Dartmouth) 388 pp + ix.
  • 2000   Product Liability General Editor) in Butterworths Common Law Series 594 pp +lvi
                (second edition 2007)
  • 2006   European Fair Trading – The Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (with Hans
                Micklitz and Thomas Wilhelmsson) 295pp +xvi
  • 2007   The Law of Product Liabilty (ed) (2nd ed) 924pp + lxxxii
  • 2011   The Tobacco Challenge (Ashgate) 323 +

Selected Articles

  • 1989   "Judicial Treatment of Extortionate Credit Bargains", [1989] Conveyancer 164-174
                (with L Bently).
  • 1989   "Loansharks and Extortionate Credit Bargains", [1989] Conveyancer 234-243      
                (with L Bently).
  • 1991   "Britain's Best Kept Secret - An Analysis of Credit Unions as an Alternative         
                 Source of Credit", (1991) Journal of Consumer Policy 443-461 (with G Griffiths)
  • 1998   "Is European Product Liability More Protective than the Restatement (Third) of
                 Torts: Product Liability?" (1998) 65 Tennessee Law Review 985-1030
                 (with Mark Mildred).
  • 1999   "EC and US Approaches to Consumer Protection - Should the Gap be
                 Bridged?" Yearbook of European Law 1997 (with Thomas Wilhelmsson)
                 207-267.
  • 1999   "When Surfers Start to Shop: Internet Commerce and Contract Law" (with
                 Roger Brownsword) (1999) 19 Legal Studies 287-315.
  • 2000   "The Relationship Between Product Liability and Product Safety –
                  Understanding a Necessary Element in European Product Laibility    
                  Through a Comparison with the US Position" 2000 (39) Washburn Law
                  Journal 305-346.
  • 2002   "Federalism in EC and USA - The Scope for Harmonised Legislatiive
                 Activity Compared" (2002) 6 European Review of Private Law 601-622
  • 2003   "Consumer Law - Has it Come of Age?" (2003) 28 European Law Review
                  370-388 (Thomas Wilhelmsson)
  • 2005   "The Potential and Limits of Consumer Empowerment by Information’”(2005)   
                  32 Journal of Law and Society 349-370.
  • 2006   "The Rise of European Consumer Law– Whither National Consumer Law?" 
                  (2006) 28  Sydney Law Review 63-88
  • 2006   "General Product Safety – a Revolution Through Reform?" (2006) 69 Modern
                  Law Review 59-69 (with D. Fairgireve).
  • 2007   "Rethinking Product Liability: A Missing Element in the European
                 Commission’s Third Review of the European Product Liability Directive” with     
                 D. Fairgrieve (2007) 60 MLR 962-978.
  • 2009   "The End of an Era - Implementing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive
                  in the United Kingdom: Punctual Criminal Law gives way to a General Civil
                  Law Standard[2009] Journal of Business Law 183-194.
  • 2009   "Collective Redress Procedures – European Debates” with D. Fairgireive
                  (2009) 58 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 379-409  
  • 2009   "Consumer Remedies - The Last Frontier of EU Consumer Law Reform?"
                  Festschrift Thomas Wilhelmson (2009) (3-4) Juridska Föreningen I Finland   
                  310-326
  • 2010   "The Consumer Credit Litigation Explosion" (2010) 126  Law Quarterly
                  Review  617-644.
  • 2011   "European Contract Law Reform and European Consumer Law – Two
                  Related But Distinct Regimes" (2011) 7 European Review of Contract Law 173-
                  194
  • 2012   "The Consumer Rights Directive – An Assessment of its Contribution to the
                  Development of European Consumer Contract Law" (2012 ) 8 European             
                  Review of Contract Law
    (with E. Hall and J . Watson) 139-166.
  • 2014-15  “Change of circumstances in consumer credit contracts – the United
                  Kingdom experience and a call for the maintenance of sector specific
                  rules” in Life Time Contracts, L. Nogler and U. Reifner (Eleven, 2014) 301-11
  • 2014-15  “European Consumer Law in European Union Law C. Barnard and S.
                  Peers (ed) (OUP) 680-703
  • 2014-15  “Product Safety - A Model for EU legislation and Reform” in Varieties
                  of European Economic Law and Regulation (K. Purnhagen, P. Rott
                  eds ),(2014) 525-538
  • 2014-15  “The role of information in’pushing and shoving’ consumers of tobacco
                  and alcohol products to make healthy lifestyle choices” in Regulating
                  Life Style Risks
    , and A. Alemanno and A. Garde (eds) (Cambridge
                  University Press, 2014) 23-45
  • 2014-15  “European Controls on Regulation of Tobacco Advertising” 153-159 in
                  Portugese “Controles Europeus e do Reino Unido Sobre a Regulamentação
                  da publicidade de produtos derivados de Tabaco” 160-167 in Publicidade
                  de Tabaco A. Pasqualotto (ed) (Atlas, 2015)