Susanna Villani

Consumer Rights and Right to Self-determination: The Judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU in the Psagot Case

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Keywords: labelling; consumer; right to information; right to self-determination; country of origin; occupied territories

On 12 November 2019, the Grand Chamber of the EU Court of Justice was asked by the French Conseil d’État whether, under EU consumer protection law, foodstuffs must bear an indication that they originate in a territory occupied by the State of Israel and, if so, that they come from an Israeli settlement within that territory. The Court has set the existence of a relationship of mutual and constructive influence between the need to protect consumer rights in the light of EU law and the need to respect the principle of self-determination of peoples at international level. The case confirms that EU law, while regulating matters which appear to be exclusively internal in nature, may have relevant extraterritorial implications.

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