Online Platforms as Regulators. A Pluralistic Perspective

This is the 9th webinar in the CEPRI webinar series on Platforms as Private Governance systems. The talk will be given by professor Vanessa Mak and is entitled:    

Online Platforms as Regulators. A Legal Pluralist Perspective


How can the objectives and values of EU law be safeguarded in the platform economy, where platforms and users to a large extent determine their own rules of engagement? Adopting a legal pluralist perspective, Vanessa Mak examines the interplay between private and public rulemaking in the platform economy. She also discusses the potential impact of the EU's proposed Digital Services Act on online platform operators.

Bio of Vanessa Mak, PhD, professor, Leiden Univerersity, The Netherlands 

Vanessa Mak holds a chair in Civil law at Leiden University. From 2008 she was affiliated with Tilburg University, where she was appointed Professor of Dutch and European Contract Law in 2014. From 2017-2020 she was Vice-Dean for Research at Tilburg Law School. She had previously worked as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg and as a lecturer at Oriel College, Oxford. She obtained her PhD at the University of Oxford in 2006 following comparative research on performance-oriented remedies in European Sale of Goods Law. 

Vanessa’s research focuses on lawmaking in European private law, particularly in the area of contract law. Key questions are: who makes the rules to facilitate transactions between companies and consumers? What level of legislation, national or European, is the most appropriate in certain cases? And how can rules under public law be aligned with private regulation? These questions are examined in more detail in relation to consumer markets in Europe. Specific focus areas are the regulation of the platform economy, issues concerning regulation with regard to data and technology, and financial services provided to consumers. Vanessa Mak has published widely on these topics in leading national and international journals. Her monograph entitled Legal Pluralism in European Contract Law (OUP 2020) was published in 2020.

Registration: Please register here no later than 14 September 2021, 11:30.

You will receive a Zoom link after you have registered.

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This is the 9th seminar of the CEPRI seminar series: Platforms as Private Governance Systems, SPRING/SUMMER 2021, See the  entire list of seminars here.