New article: Limitations to TDM and Consumer Empowerment. Making the Case for a Right to Machine Legibility

New Article: The Collaborative Economy Legal Conundrum. A Way Forward Through Harmonization

A new article titled “The Collaborative Economy Legal Conundrum: A Way Forward Through Harmonization” has been recently published by Marco Inglese in Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 4/2018.

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Protection of users in the platform economy: mapping the scenario


We have just launched a survey on the regulation of online platforms in the sharing economy and we would greatly appreciate your support!

Please, take part to our survey! You will need just few minutes and you will greatly contribute to our research!

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The survey is in English, French and Italian.

Thanks for all your help!

Rossana Ducato, Enguerrand Marique, Anne-Grace Kleri, Cynthia Delronge

Fresh out of the press – Challenges related to law for the platform economy: a fresh look at some important dichotomies

Céline Wattecamps, Anne-Grace Kleczewski and I have just published an overview of the “Challenges related to law for the platform economy” and we propose to have a fresh look at some important legal dichotomies currently blurred by the platforms.


You can find the full text of the article here or on (

Collaborative law and business – Equal Day 31 May 2018

Equal is organizing a study day in Brussels on “Collaborative law and business”, which mixes panels on digital platforms, social economy, democratic participation and the future of work.


The full program is accessible at Inscription is compulsory.


Behavioural study on transparency in online platforms

The EU Commission has just published the results of the study on transparency in online platforms.

The research has confirmed with empirical evidences that transparency is a precious value in today’s online transactions: 


“70% said that the information about criteria for presenting search results was important in their decision and made them more confident and trusting;

67.9% and 69.9% respectively agreed that the information about contractual identity and its implications was important in their decision and made them more confident and trusting;

83.9% and 85.9% respectively reported that the information about who is included in user reviews was important in their decision and made them more confident and trusting” 


Transparency is a key factor not only to consumers, but to platforms as well: to provide information users need in a clear way increases the trust in the platform and, as a consequence, attracts more potential clients.

The empirical study underlined the importance of raising consumers’ awareness about the identity of the counterparty and its legal implications in terms of available remedies. The study called for the need of a “design-based regulation to build regulatory standards into the design of the system being regulated”.

April 18, 2018 – Conference in Brussels on crowdwork

The Labour Law Research Group of the Université catholique de Louvain will organize a conference (in French) on the future of Labour Law for Platform workers on April 18, 2018.

The full program is accessible here