The Platform Economy - Legal Status of Online Intermediaries

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Prof. dr. Bernard Tilleman, Dean of the Law Faculty, warmly invites you to the conference on the Platform Economy.

On Monday 19 February 2018,

from 13h00 to 18h30,

in College De Valk (DV1 91.54), Tiensestraat 41, 3000 Leuven.

Practical information:

About the conference:

On 20 December 2017, 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 platform (C-434/15).

This decision addresses the very core of several highly debated questions on the legal status of online intermediaries (e.g. Uber, Airbnb & TaskRabbit). Does the emerging Platform Economy necessitate regulatory intervention? To what extent can platforms be held liable? Does national regulation impose disproportionate market restrictions on innovators? Do platforms qualify as employers? Is the potential loss of social protection of workers detrimental? Do platforms evade tax obligations and other regulations?

During the conference, which will be held in English, experts in contract law, E.U. law, social law and tax law will answer these questions. This conference is relevant for all legal professionals who will be increasingly confronted with online intermediary platforms.

Further information


  • 12h00 Registration & Lunch
  • 13h00 Introducton – A political perspective
    Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs


  • 13h15 Platforms: To Regulate or Not To Regulate?
    Prof. dr. Alain Strowel, Université Saint-Louis & UCLouvain
  • 13h35 Liability of Platforms 
    Drs. Bram Devolder, KU Leuven
  • 13h55 Law Evasion in the Platform Economy
    Drs. Nicolas Van Damme, KU Leuven


  • 14h20 A Common Market in the Platform Economy
    Prof. dr. Wouter Devroe & drs. Friso Bostoen, KU Leuven
  • 14h40 Platforms and Consumer Protection
    Prof. dr. Denis Voinot & dr. Aurélien Fortunato, Université Lille 2
  • 15h00 Model Rules on Online Intermediary Platforms
    Prof. dr. Marie Jull Sørensen, Aalborg University
  • 15h20 Coffee break


  • 15h50 Labor Protection in the Platform Economy
    Prof. dr. Valerio De Stefano, KU Leuven
  • 16h10 Social Protection of Non-Standard Workers
    Prof. dr. Paul Schoukens, KU Leuven & Tilburg University & drs. Alberto Barrio, Tilburg University
  • 16h30 Social Security and the Sharing Economy: Dilemma and Paradox
    Prof. dr. Yves Stevens, KU Leuven
  • 16h50 Alternative Methods of Protection 
    Prof. dr. Wouter Verheyen, Erasmus University Rotterdam


  • 17h15 Direct Taxation of Platforms 
    Prof. dr. Luc De Broe & drs. Dina Scornos, KU Leuven
  • 17h35 VAT in the Platform Economy
    Prof. dr. Eduardo Traversa,UCLouvain & prof. dr. Kenneth Vyncke, KU Leuven
  • 17h55 Closing Remarks – An Academic Perspective 
    Dean Bernard Tilleman, KU Leuven
  • 18h15 Questions & Answers
Acknowledged by
- IFJ (TEC-E18054; IGO neemt de kosten op zich op voorwaarde dat zij effectief aanwezig zijn op de opleiding; vervanging door een collega is toegestaan.)
- OVB (2018-00009 - 5 juridische punten)
- BEA N°: DV.O109252
Scientific Coordinator
Bram Devolder
Contact details
Kath Leenknecht

0032 (0)16 376324
Registration fee
150 EUR; The fee includes: participation to the conference, documentation, lunch, coffeebreak and the conference book (hardcover, market value of 95 EUR).
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