Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Since 1990, a number of South American countries have adopted comprehensive consumer protection codes. Several more South American countries are currently considering proposals for consumer protection statutes. This Article examines the development of consumer protection provisions in South America and reflects on the reasons giving rise to the recent explosion in such laws. The author evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to consumer protection taken by these South American countries. The author argues that the increasing protections for consumers suggests a growing concern for human rights. Finally, the author explores the significance of this rapid growth in South American consumer protection laws for U.S. trade, commercial business, and consumer protection.