29 May 2017 – European Union and E-commerce Regulation

By | May 8, 2017

European Union and e-commerce regulation

On Monday 29 May 2017, the Center for Law and Internet organizes at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam an event to launch the book EU Regulation of E-Commerce A Commentary published by Edgar Elgar.

The event takes place in the main building, De Boelelaan 1105, in room 14A-33.

Admission is free, but please register via Maryam el Kaddouri, e-mail secretariaat2.rr.tls.rch@vu.nl



Internet has no borders, so e-commerce seems perfectly fit for free movement of products and services. As Article 1(1) Directive 2000/31/EC on e-commerce states “contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market by ensuring the free movement of information society services between the Member States.” Over the past 20 years e-commerce predominantly is restricted to the national level, much to the regret of the European Union. The focus of the meeting is to discuss EU initiatives in the area of e-commerce from the perspective of its success and/or failure to eliminate the barriers which divide the European peoples.



9.00-9.30 Welcome Reception

9.30 Welcome Address by Arno R. Lodder & Andrew D. Murray


SESSION I 9.35-11.05 Consumers and related matters

Arno R. Lodder, The E-commerce Directive (2000)

Christiana Markou,  The Consumer Directive (2011)

Pablo Cortes, The ODR Regulation and ADR Directive (2014)


COFFEE BREAK 11.05-11.30


11.30 INVITED ADDRESS: Stef Van Gompel, What is the value of news?


SESSION II 12.00-13.00 Competition and services

Magdelena Jozwiak, Competition Law and e-commerce

Giovanna De Minico, The Services Directive (2006)


LUNCH 13.00-14.00


SESSION III 14.00-15.30 Copyright and related matters

Tatiana Synodinou, Directive on Copyright in the information society (2001)

Yin Harn Lee, The Enforcement Directive (2004)

Dinusha Mendis, Collective rights management Directive (2014)


TEA 15.30-16.00


SESSION IV 16.00-17.30 Privacy and Identiy

Jos Dumortier, Electronic identification Regulation (2014)

Tijmen Wisman, Data protection Regulation (2018)

Andrew Murray, Data Transfers between the EU and UK post Brexit


About the book:

EU Regulation of E-Commerce A Commentary

Elgar Commentaries series

Edited by Arno R. Lodder, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands and

Andrew D. Murray, Professor, London School of Economics, UK

For the last twenty years the European Union has been extremely active in the field of e-commerce. This important new book addresses the key pieces of EU legislation in the field of e-commerce, including the E-commerce Directive, the Services Directive, the Consumer Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the eID Regulation. The latest in the Elgar Commentaries series, EU Regulation of E-Commerce is the first book to apply this well-established format to a dynamic and increasingly significant area of law.


Presentations by:

  • Pablo Cortes, Professor in Civil Justice at the University of Leicester where he teaches and conducts research in the field of dispute resolution, civil procedure and consumer law.
  • Jos Dumortier, Partner at Time.lex and emeritus professor ICT Law at KU Leuven
  • Giovanna De Minico, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’, and Director of the Interdepartmental Research Centre ‘Ermes’, ermes.unina.it.
  • Yin Harn Lee, lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where she teaches and conducts research in the area of Intellectual Property Law.
  • Magdelena Jozwiak, Post-doc at Leiden University.
  • Arno R. Lodder, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Of Counsel at SOLV lawyers.
  • Christiana Markou, Lecturer in European Law On Consumer Protection & E-Commerce at the European University Cyprus.
  • Dinusha Mendis, Professor in Law at Bournemouth University and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM)
  • Andrew D. Murray. Professor of Law with particular reference to New Media and Technology Law at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).
  • Tatiana Synodinou, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Cyprus, specializing in copyright, online, media and intellectual property law.
  • Stef van Gompel, Post-doc at IVIR, University of Amsterdam
  • Tijmen Wisman, assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam specialized in Data protection, privacy and internet governance.

The event is sponsored by Access Europe and SOLV lawyers

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