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Fine-Print Online: Some Problems with Online Consumer Contracts and Possible Solutions

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dc.contributor.author McDavitt, Johanna
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-22T03:37:54Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-02T00:48:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-22T03:37:54Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-02T00:48:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/28341
dc.description.abstract Internet commerce, and in particular online contracting, challenges many of the assumptions of traditional contract law theory and of New Zealand’s legislative consumer protection regime. This essay explores these challenges, examining whether browse-wrap and click-wrap agreements should and would be upheld as binding contracts by New Zealand courts. It examines the international element of these agreements. Many online contracts are concluded with parties outside New Zealand, and are not governed by New Zealand law. This means that, often, New Zealand consumers transacting over the internet will not enjoy the protection of New Zealand’s consumer protection regime. This essay examines the policy ramifications for consumers and businesses of imposing New Zealand law on these contracts. It concludes that, in order to encourage internet commerce in New Zealand, the courts and the Government must reform consumer protection law to take into account the growing world of internet commerce. In doing so, it is crucial to balance the interests of businesses and the interests of consumers. This essay outlines some possibilities for law reform to achieve this goal. en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject E-commerce en_NZ
dc.subject Internet commerce en_NZ
dc.subject Consumer protection en_NZ
dc.subject Online contracts en_NZ
dc.subject Conflict of laws en_NZ
dc.title Fine-Print Online: Some Problems with Online Consumer Contracts and Possible Solutions en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 390104 Commercial and Contract Law en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Bachelors Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Bachelor of Laws with Honours en_NZ


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