Contracting in the Platform Economy: Transparency, Terms
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Contracting in the Platform Economy: Transparency, Terms and the Hidden Plight of Third-Party Traders

  • 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  • College of Law
  • Minaretein (College of Islamic Studies building), Education City

The relevance of contracting and self-regulation in consumer markets has increased rapidly in recent years, in particular in the platform economy. 

The colloquium discusses how lawmakers in European Union (EU) Member States have so far intervened to regulate private law relationships in the platform economy, and whether this has resulted in rules that safeguard minimum values of EU law.


Dr. Vanessa Mak, Professor of Private Law, and Vice Dean for Research, 
Tilburg Law School


Vanessa Mak is a Professor of Private Law and Vice Dean for Research at Tilburg Law School. Her research focuses on the role of private law in the economic regulation of the European (consumer) market, with particular focus on consumer contract law, credit and investment law, data protection and the platform economy. 

Prior to her appointment in Tilburg, Vanessa held positions as a Lecturer in Law at Oriel College, Oxford and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. Vanessa has law degrees from Erasmus University Rotterdam (LL.M 2001, cum laude) and from the University of Oxford, where she obtained her D.Phil on Performance-Oriented Remedies in European Sale of Goods Law (published with Hart Publishing, 2009). She is a co-editor of the Dutch Tijdschrift voor Consumentenrecht and a co-editor of the international Journal of European Consumer and Market Law (EuCML).

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