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The Volkswagen emissions scandal, new rules governing the Insolvency Fund for travel operators, recent important ECJ consumer-related judgements and the first year in operation of the Arbiter for Financial Services will be the main topics at the forthcoming 4th edition of the Annual Consumer Law & Policy Conference on the 15th of March 2017.

Themed “Consumer Law and Policy”, this half-day conference organised by the Malta Law Academy of the Chamber of Advocates will be held at the Chamber’s premises inside the Courts of Justice and will coincide with World Consumers Day. Speakers will include University lecturers, a consumer expert from the EU Commission and the Financial Services Arbiter.

Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino, Pro-Rector, will be making the opening address. 

Dr David Fabri, who will chair this half-day conference, referred to the chosen topics during the event. “All these topics are of great relevance today as the emission scandal extends to other car manufacturers especially seeing the serious challenges faced by local consumers in various spheres. Moreover, after a year in office, it would be very useful to take stock of the new Arbiter’s Office and its effect on local financial services consumers and operators.”

Dr Stefan Camilleri, Secretary General of the Malta Chamber of Advocates, explained how the conference, which is the fourth of its series, has now become an established annual event on the calendar of academic activities hosted by the Malta Law Academy in collaboration with the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Malta.

“The Malta Law Academy was founded by the Chamber of Advocates as a foundation to provide continuous training for lawyers beyond their graduation. These conferences are seeing increasing participation by legal professionals and this helps legal practitioners keep up with the legislation that is constantly changing. Our final aim is not only to retain but also to strengthen the level of the legal profession,” said Dr Camilleri.

Although these conferences are mainly aimed at practising lawyers, law students and members of the judiciary also attend.

Registrations are open at €30, and €20 for students. To register call on 21248601, 77208601 or e-mail


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Last Updated: 24 February 2017

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