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Z. (Zhen) Chen

PhD student
Z. (Zhen) Chen

My research focuses on consumer protection in the field of private international law. In particular, with regard to the protection of tourist consumers in the context of ubiquity of the Internet and the fast development of E-commerce in the era of Digital Society. With easy access of computers, smartphones, and other digital devices, you can easily book your flight and hotel online and travel abroad, the question is once disputes arise, can you also sue the foreign tour operators or travel service providers easily before the courts of your home country and be protected by the law of your home country. My doctoral thesis is centred on two primary PIL questions, namely, which court is competent to hear such dispute (jurisdiction) and which law shall be applicable to solve such dispute (applicable law). A comparative research will be conducted between Chinese Law and European law with regard to the tourist-consumer protection from the perspective of private international law. Through the comparison of the similarity and discrepancy between these two legal systems, my thesis aims to examine how to refine current PIL rules in China and in the EU in order to serve the interests of, or make the access to justice easier for, the tourist consumers in the context or cross-border travel. 

Disciplines Involved:Private International Law, E-commerce Law, Tourism Law, Consumer Law, Contract Law, Civil Law, Chinese Law, European Law, International Civil Procedural Law

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