Planned obsolescence and consumer protection

8 April 2019

Nowadays, large corporations are taking advantage of the rapid technological and scientific development in product manufacturing to increase their sales and profits.

dos Santos Silva

Marta Santos Silva joined the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University in November as a lecturer. In addition, she is Resident Fellow at the Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI), affiliated senior researcher KU Leuven (at the Institute for Consumer, Competition & Market) and Non-resident Fellow at the Centre of European Law and Politics, ZERP (Bremen). In June and July 2018, Marta Santos Silva was Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. 

In addition to her Degree in Law, Marta holds a specialization in Legal-Political Sciences (Catholic University, Oporto), a Diplôme de Droit Comparé, premier cycle from the International Faculty of Comparative Law in Strasbourg, and a PhD in Laws (European Private and Comparative Law) from the Osnabrück University (Germany).

Marta has twelve years’ experience as a country reporter and reviewer for pan-European legal and policy projects, including the TENLAW project, and the Study Group on a European Civil Code which co-authored the Draft Common Frame of Reference for European Private Law. Her main areas of expertise are Consumer Law, Comparative Tort and Contract Law, as well as International Business and Commercial Law.

Marta’s research is currently focused on the impact of technology in consumer decision making and  in consumer protection. She is member of the Digital Law Special Interest Group of the European Law Institute, of which she is Fellow, and member of the consultative committee of the project ‘Draft model Rules on Online Intermediary Platforms’. Moreover, in May 2018 she has been appointed member of the Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies (Product Liability Formation), where she provides the European Commission with expertise on the applicability of the Product Liability Directive to traditional products, new technologies and new societal challenges. 

As a lecturer, she teaches Comparative Contract Law, International Business Law and Skills Academic Writting (Bachelors course), as well as International Commercial Law (Masters course) at the European Law School at the Maastricht University. She founded and coordinated, together with colleagues from the Institute of Data Science, the "LeD (Legal Data) community initiative", an interdisciplinary discussion and research hub for members of the Maastricht University who are interested in the legal impact of data science. 

Marta comes to Maastricht University from her role as a legal advisor with a Brussels-based consultancy, working chiefly with the European institutions and agencies, particularly the European Commission (DG GROW, DG JUST, DG FISMA), the European Parliament and CHAFEA. Prior to that, Marta was a comparative reporter at a multidisciplinary EU research project on tenancy law and housing policy at the Centre of European Law and Politics in Bremen. During her stay in Bremen she lectured on a German tort law course, and taught also Comparative Civil and Commercial Law and Portuguese Private Law and Legal Terminology.

From 2009-2012, Marta was an Invited Assistant Professor at the Law department of the University Portucalense Infante D. Henrique in Oporto, also holding the role of Secretary-general for their legal research.

Since 2009, Marta has lectured and spoken in universities, research centres and discussion forums, including the United Nations in Geneva, the European Youth Centre Budapest (Council of Europe), the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, the University of Lisbon, the University of Ljubljana and the Delft University of Technology.

Marta has also published in Central and Southern European (including peer-reviewed) journals, and in Brazil. She was awarded a number of merit prizes and scholarships for her academic and professional achievements, namely from the Academy of European Law (ERA), the University of Strasbourg IIIthe Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and the University of Osnabrück (Europa Prize).

On a more personal note, Marta loves dancing, zen philosophy, travelling the world for exotic spices and writing short travel fiction.