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From safety nets to support networks: beyond 'Vulnerability' in protection for consumers with cognitive disabilities


Maker, Y and Paterson, GM and Arstein-Kerslake, A and McSherry, B and Brophy, LM, From safety nets to support networks: beyond 'Vulnerability' in protection for consumers with cognitive disabilities, University of New South Wales Law Journal, 41, (2) pp. 818-844. ISSN 0313-0096 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.53637/XPUI4744


This article considers the significance of the obligations in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (‘CRPD’) for consumer protection law and policy. The current legal response to consumers who require additional decision-making support is primarily focused on mechanisms to release consumers classified as ‘vulnerable’ from transactions tainted by concerns about a lack of genuine consent. While these legal responses provide an important safety net of protection against predatory and exploitative behaviour, they are limited in their ability to encourage social participation and equal access to goods and services for consumers with cognitive disabilities. We argue that the CRPD requires an approach to consumer protection that provides more meaningful support for consumers with cognitive disabilities and make suggestions about what this support might entail in terms of changes to both the legislative regime and contracting practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:consumer law, disability, human rights, cognitive disability, vulnerability, support
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International humanitarian and human rights law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Civil justice
UTAS Author:Maker, Y (Dr Yvette Maker)
UTAS Author:Arstein-Kerslake, A (Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake)
UTAS Author:McSherry, B (Professor Bernadette McSherry)
UTAS Author:Brophy, LM (Professor Lisa Brophy)
ID Code:151029
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-07-13
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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