Consumer Bankruptcy in Global Perspective

Bloomsbury Publishing
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Consumer Bankruptcy and over-indebtedness is an emerging field throughout the world. This book provides a comparative appraisal of global developments in this area. It is one of the first book length publications focusing on comparative consumer bankruptcy and over-indebtedness. It combines theoretical and empirical studies of bankruptcy regimes and consumer credit in civilian and common law jurisdictions as well as exploring current reform trends. The book will be of interest to academics, policymakers and law reformers as well as to practitioners.
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About the author

Iain Ramsay is Professor of Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent at Canterbury.
Johanna Niemi-Kiesilainen is Associate Professor in Procedural Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
William C Whitford is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Published on
Nov 27, 2003
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Pages
378
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ISBN
9781847311030
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Language
English
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Genres
Law / Consumer
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This content is DRM protected.
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