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Outsourcing justice and the emergence of consumer Ombudsman regulatory frame-work

Omoola, Sodiq Olalekan and Mohamed, Nurah Sabahiah (2017) Outsourcing justice and the emergence of consumer Ombudsman regulatory frame-work. In: International Conference on Dispute Resolution 2017 - Modern Trends in Effective Dispute Resolution, 9th-10th August 2017, Kuala Lumpur.

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This study aims to examine the phenomenon of outsourcing access to justice in the consumer goods and service industry. It is argued that one of the primary functions of any government is the provision of access to and delivery of justice. However, in the consumer goods sector, regulatory reforms have enabled the government to outsource this function to private ADR service providers or consumer ombudsman. The paper adopts doctrinal methodology through the analysis of consumer ombudsman regulations and annual reports of private ADR entities in the United Kingdom. The study finds that outsourcing justice to consumer ADR entities through appropriate legal framework is capable of ensuring the attainment of consumer protection objectives and enhances access to justice, without jeopardising the interest of businesses and consumers. Literature on outsourcing focuses on legal services outsourcing to private law firms to represent government interest. Outsourcing justice is unique as an emerging trend in consumer protection and dispute resolution with minimal government intervention. In an era of privatisation of government services and pursuit cost saving measures, alternative regulatory model is suitable through outsourcing consumer protection regulations to ADR entities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 3769/57552
Uncontrolled Keywords: consumer, outsourcing, ombudsman ADR, United Kingdom
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Faizah Shahbudin
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 14:46
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 14:46
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57552

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