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Short-term furnished rental: the importance of local French regulation.

In the area of short-term furnished rental, in particular passing by Air BNB, France has adopted a complete regulation. The rules focus on owners who offer short-term rental of dwellings they do not occupy, i.e. secondary residences. It is then necessary, before any announcement online, to make an administrative pre-rental declaration, and to address it […]

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France: First sanction of a short-term accommodation platform in application of the Digital Republic Law… and first extensions.

Judgment: Tribunal d’instance, 6ème arrondissement de Paris, 06 feb. 2018, n°RG11-17-000190. Context: The Digital Republic law (Law n°2016-1321, 6 October 2016) has created rules concerning platforms. Some of these rules are general, such as the obligation to provide loyal information to users (Consumption Code, art. L. 111-7), and others are more specific, such as the […]

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Lecture series on “The law of digital platforms” – First podcast available

In December 2017, the Center for Business Law of the Université catholique de Louvain (CRIDES-UCL) announced its participation to a joint lecture series on “The law of digital platforms”, together with the  Center for Legal Philosophy of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. These lectures (excluding the Q&A following) are published as podcast on Youtube. You […]

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Compte-rendu : Ubérisation et économie collaborative (Paris, 17.1.2018)

L’Institut de droit comparé de l’Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas accueillait le 17 janvier 2018 une conférence sur le thème : « Ubérisation et économie collaborative : évolutions récentes dans l’Union européenne et ses Etats Membres ». A. Turmo (Université de Nantes) et M. Baumgart (Université de Cologne et Université de Bâle) ont organisé cette conférence et l’ont placée […]


WEF publishes report on the sharing economy

The World Economic Forum (WEF), organiser of the annual Davos meeting, published a white paper on the sharing economy. The report, titled Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to ‘Sharing Economy’ distinguishes between the myriad of oft-confused concepts and terms: collaborative consumption, the peer-to-peer economy, collaborative economy, gig economy, on-demand economy and crowd economy. It maps […]

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City4coEN – Steering Committee meeting

The Collaborative Cities for Collaborative Entrepreneurs (City4coEN) project held its Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday, 16 January. In the first part of the afternoon, project promoter Tom Dedeurwaerdere introduced the project, outlined the team’s view of the collaborative economy and the work conducted to date.   Researchers Elisabetta Severi and Louise Lambert respectively presented the mapping of […]

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8 March – Debate on the Sharing Economy

In partnership with Full Circle, the Brussels-based Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) is set to host a debate on the sharing economy on 8 March 2017. Three guest speakers – Juliet Schor (Boston College), Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation) and Steve Keen (Kingston University London) – will take the floor to discuss the issues that lie behind […]

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Supporting new policies and initiatives through data sharing

On 4th October 2017, the interdisciplinary research group on the sharing economy at the UCL organised a workshop with stakeholders (platforms, public authorities) in order to present the first results of the City4CoEn project. At the same time, the project leaders showed to the participants the next phase of the research, involving the public management […]

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Conference on The Platform Economy – lessons from ECJ ruling in Uber Systems Spain SL

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union held that internet platform Uber does not merely provide an App: it offers a full transport service. Uber exercises a decisive influence over the conditions under which drivers provide their service: the price, the minimum safety conditions, the conduct of drivers and their exclusion from the […]

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Uber va-t-il mourir?

(First published on The Conversation) Le titre de cet article n’est pas un effet de manche mais une question, légitime, que de plus en plus d’observateurs se posent. Il est indéniable qu’Uber (la plateforme bien connue de voitures avec chauffeurs) va mal. Au-delà de ses déboires avec les régulateurs de nombreuses villes (comme Londres ou Québec), des […]