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Access to Justice for Vulnerable and Energy-Poor Consumers

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By: Naomi Creutzfeldt, Chris Gill, Marine Cornelis, Rachel McPherson
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Published: 12-08-2021
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 384
ISBN: 9781509939442
Imprint: Hart Publishing
RRP: £63.00
Online price : £50.40
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About Access to Justice for Vulnerable and Energy-Poor Consumers

How do ordinary people access justice? This book offers a novel socio-legal approach to access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, vulnerability and energy poverty. It poses an access to justice challenge and rethinks it through a lens that accommodates all affected people, especially those who are currently falling through the system. It raises broader questions about alternative dispute resolution, the need for reform to include more collective approaches, a stronger recognition of the needs of vulnerable people, and a stronger emphasis on delivering social justice. The authors use energy poverty as a site of vulnerability and examine the barriers to justice facing this excluded group.

The book assembles the findings of an interdisciplinary research project studying access to justice and its barriers in the UK, Italy, France, Bulgaria and Spain (Catalonia). In-depth interviews with regulators, ombuds, energy companies, third-sector organisations and vulnerable people provide a rich dataset through which to understand the phenomenon.

The book provides theoretical and empirical insights which shed new light on these issues and sets out new directions of inquiry for research, policy and practice. It will be of interest to researchers, students and policymakers working on access to justice, consumer vulnerability, energy poverty, and the complex intersection between these fields.

The book includes contributions by Cosmo Graham (UK), Sarah Supino and Benedetta Voltaggio (Italy), Marine Cornelis (France), Anais Varo and Enric Bartlett (Catalonia) and Teodora Peneva (Bulgaria).

Table Of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Access to Justice for Vulnerable and Energy-Poor Consumers
1. The Access to Justice Challenge
2. A Holistic Vision of Access to Justice
3. EU Law and Policy on Access to Justice
4. ADR and Access to Justice
5. ADR and Access to Justice: Empirical Insights
6. Everyday Experiences and the Role of Local Actors
7. Towards a More Holistic System of Access to Justice

Part Two: Access to Justice, ADR and Energy Poverty in Five Countries
8. Introduction
9. Bulgaria
10. Catalonia
11. France
12. Italy
13. UK

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