Measures of the Principle of Good Faith in European Consumer Protection and Islamic Law, a Comparative Analysis

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Evaluation of the success of consumer protection regulations in many Islamic states reflects defeated outcomes with regard to the application of many declared rights and objectives; it requires the fair implementation of the principle of good faith where clear and specific measures are required. It would be better for Muslim lawmakers to benefit from the European practice and Islamic guidelines; those criteria and measures are provided in the European Proposal of Consumer Rights (the Proposal). The Proposal provides that “A term is off in conjunction with this principle since it creates a significant imbalance of rights and obligations between the contracting parties”. Clear common used terms are provided in the lists of the Proposal. This voice is also well known in Islamic law; contracts of honesty (amāna) and rules of disproportion between the contradictable interests indicate this implementation.

Measures of the Principle of Good Faith in European Consumer Protection and Islamic Law, a Comparative Analysis

in Arab Law Quarterly




On 8 October 2008the European Commission adopted the Proposal for a directive on consumer rights which has the aim of revising Directive (85/577/eec)1 on contracts negotiated away from business premises Directive (93/13) on unfair terms in consumer contracts Directive (97/7/ec) on distance contracts and Directive (1999/44/ec) on consumer sales and guarantees. The Proposal merges these four directives into a single horizontal instrument regulating the common aspects in a systematic fashion simplifying and updating the existing rules removing inconsistencies and closing gaps. It is expected for this proposal to be enacted by the beginning of 2014. Available in English at: (visited on 25/11/2012).


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