Comparative Advertising in the European Union

(with Paul Spink)


International and Comparative Law Quarterly


MORE than 20 years after the measure was first proposed, the European Union has finally succeeded in adopting a directive designed to harmonise disparate national laws relating to the use of comparative advertising in the single market.' In this article the authors examine the background, rationale and substance of the new legislation, before considering its impact on the current UK law. With a view to the possibility that implementation may contribute to the transatlantic harmonisation of advertising law, the new regime is measured against the liberal benchmark of US case law and recent Federal Trade Commission policy.


Advertising and Promotion Management | Commercial Law

Recommended Citation

Spink, Paul, and Ross D. Petty. 1998. “Comparative Advertising in the European Union.” International and Comparative Law Quarterly 47: 855-876.

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