Prof Peter Shears

Prof Peter Shears

Professor of Consumer Law and Policy

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


B.A. English Literature, Economics and Law (University of London 1973)

LL.B. (University of London 1978)

LL.M. (University of Georgia 1984)

Postgraduate Certificate in Radio, Film & Television Studies

(Department of Drama, University of Bristol 1974)

Roles on external bodies

EU Commission: Project 913 - Lebanon Consumer Protection, subject area expert in legislative drafting. Spring 2007

Office of Fair Trading: Consumer Education Alliance, Member January 2006; The

Council for Licensed Conveyancers: Council member (DTI nominated 1997 and re-nominated three times), Chairman of the Education Committee, Chairman of the Council 2003 – 05,

Teaching interests

Consumer, Trading, Marketing and Business Law

Staff serving as external examiners


External Examiner, and/or Adviser on Law Degree and other validation exercises: University of The West of England: External Examiner in Law (2004 - 09); University of Buckingham, St Mary’s University College, Staffordshire University, University of Newcastle, University of Central England: Chief External Examiner, Joint Degrees and Subject Area External Examiner in Business Law (2004 - 08), London Metropolitan University, University of Wales validated programme at CESINEC, Santander, Spain, University of Derby, University of Teesside, University of Brighton, De Montfort University, University of Northampton, University of Gloucestershire, University of Bournemouth, University of Glamorgan, Southampton Solent University, Coventry University, University of Central Lancashire

Research interests

Consumer, Trading, Marketing and Business Law - particularly comparative aspects: UK - US, EU - US


Shears, P.(2010) British Food Journal: Food Fraud - a Current Issue but an Old Problem. Vol. 112 No.2 2010 (pp.198-213)

Shears, P.(2009) Property Management: Hang your Shingle and Carry On: Estate Agents - the Unlicensed UK Profession Vol. 27 no 3 pp. 190 – 211  

Shears, P.(2007) Journal of Business Law: The EU Product Liability Directive- Twenty Years On (November 2007) pp.884 – 908

Shears, P.(2007) European Business Law Review: Overviewing the EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive: Concentric Circles 18 EBLR No 4 pp.781 - 796

Shears, P., Zollers, F. & Hurd, S. (2004) British Food Journal The European Food Safety Authority. Towards Coherence in Food Safety Policy and Practice Vol. 106 No.4 pp.336 -352

Shears P. (2003) eGambling: The Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues: ‘Lottery Fraud - Nothing New Under the Sun’ Issue 9 October 2003

Jones, P., Shears, P. et al. (2007) Town and Country Planning: Towards a Sustainable Post Office Network? Vol.76. pp. 244-247 (August 2007)

Jones, P., Shears, P. et al. (2006) Town and Country Planning: 'Food Retailing and the Environment' Vol. 75. no. 12 pp. 360-363


Zollers, F., McMullin A., Hurd, S. & Shears, P. (2005) No More Soft Landings for Software: Liability for Defects in An Industry That Has Come of Age Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal Vol. 21, number 4, May (pp.745 -782)

Zollers, F., Shears, P. & Hurd, S. (2002) Fighting Internet Fraud: Old Scams, Old Laws, New Context. Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal Vol. XX No. 2 Spring 2002 pp.169-193.

Zollers, F., Hurd, S. & Shears, P. (2000) Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Reflections on Twenty Years of Product Liability Reform. Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 50 No. 3. 2000. pp.1019-1053.