The Impact of Consumer Legal Education on the Effectiveness of the Protection of Consumer Rights: Taking into Account Legal Clinics in Poland

Date01 January 2015
Published date01 January 2015
DOI10.1177/2322005814552751
Subject MatterArticles
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Article
The Impact of Consumer Legal
Education on the Effectiveness of
the Protection of Consumer Rights:
Taking into Account Legal Clinics
in Poland
Kinga Flaga-Gieruszyn´ ska1
Ewelina Cała-Wacinkiewicz2
Daniel Wacinkiewicz3
Abstract
Practical aspects of consumer education and also a contrario—negative effects of inaction on this
matter—require further analysis due to their fundamental importance in the shaping of the actual level
of legal protection of the consumer. An educated consumer, aware of his legal status, in many cases is
able to defend his interests and also effectively enforce any claims he is entitled to before a court of
law or under existing alternative methods of dispute resolution. Therefore, the main objective of this
article is to present the role and importance of legal education of the consumer taking into account
the functioning of legal clinics in Poland. Consumer rights will be presented in the general concept
of the protection of human rights, with particular emphasis on the right to information—as one of
the fundamental rights of the consumer. At the same time, the framework of the Polish law and the
European Union law were adopted as a research perspective for these analyses.
Introduction
Given the prevalence of transactions in consumer trading, ensuring an adequate level of legal education
in the scope of a legal status and in particular of consumer rights has become one of modern challenges
of economic trading. Legal education, as an important task of state authorities and the civil sector, refers
to all economies, regardless of their level of development. The problem only lies in the rate of acquisition
of information by consumers, enforced by the pace of development of individual markets (mainly as a
1 Professor, Department of Civil Procedure, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Szczecin, Poland.
2 Assistant Professor, Department of International Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Szczecin, Poland.
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Economic Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Szczecin, Poland.
Asian Journal of Legal Education
2(1) 17–28
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Corresponding author:
Ewelina Cała-Wacinkiewicz, Assistant Professor, Department of International Law, Faculty of Law and Administration,
University of Szczecin, Poland.
E-mail: ewacinkiewicz@gmail.com

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