Warranties and Disclaimers Limitation of Liability in Consumer-Related Transactions

Edited by

Dr Martin Kurer, Stefano Codoni, Dr Klaus Günther, Jorge Santiago Neves and Lawrence Teh

As the volume of international business transactions continues to grow dramatically, and as trade relations develop between an ever-increasing number of countries, it is inevitable that many questions of comparative business risk and liability should arise. What common elements underlie the various methods of limiting product liability applied in different national jurisdictions? How do different legal regimes protect the legitimate rights of consumers?

These were the fundamental questions addressed by a well-attended seminar on warranties and disclaimers held within the framework of the 2000 Annual Conference of the International Bar Association in Amsterdam. The seminar focused on many important issues including the following:

  • Legal and contractual warranties in contracts for the supply of goods or services between manufacturers, distributors and end users
  • Methods of communicating disclaimers and limitations of liability 
  • Strategies for securing limitations of liability downstream 
  • Variations in the legal effectiveness of disclaimers and limitations

This wealth of material has been compiled and reproduced in this remarkably useful book. Business lawyers will find its insights immensely valuable, whether they are drafting contracts or dealing with potential or actual liabilities virtually anywhere in the world.

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