Professor Thomas Wilhelmsson, Vice Rector and Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at the University of Helsinki, has been elected president of the International Association of Consumer Law.
The election took place at the 11th International Conference on Consumer Law in Cape Town, South Africa, on 13 April.
Professor Wilhelmsson says that one of the focuses during his presidency will be consumer law issues associated with globalization.
Key themes at the Cape Town conference included consumer credit legislation, over-indebtedness, e-commerce legislation and consumer problems in developing countries.
The International Association of Consumer Law is a research network with members from around the world. In addition to researchers, membership is open to public officials, judges and lawyers who deal with consumer issues.
The Finnish Association of Consumer Law is currently chaired by Johan Bärlund, Professor of Civil Law at the University of Helsinki.