Regulating product’s obsolescence: a look at various legal approaches in Europe

Presentation by Eléonore Maitre, PhD Candidate, Department of Public and International Law

This event is open for everyone, including students.


With the emergence of the Circular Economy as an important policy objective in the European Union (EU), there is renewed interest in policies to promote durability and address planned obsolescence. The EU has started to regulate durability through the Ecodesign Directive, whereas member states have made use of other legal approaches such as longer consumer warranties, criminalizing banned obsolescence, and measures to incentivize the availability of spare parts by requiring notably information to consumers. This paper looks at some of the legislation at national and European level on durability and planned obsolescence, and discusses benefits and disadvantages of different legal approaches.


Coffee, tea and fresh fruit will be served.
You may bring your lunch packet!

Published Jan. 19, 2016 2:12 PM