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The Sharing Economy and Competition Law

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File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign

The ECJ hearing in one of the main Uber cases (C-424/15 Asociación Profesional Élite Taxi v. Uber Systems Spain) took place this morning in Luxembourg. We were planning to comment on the possible implications of the case not only for competition law but for online platforms in general and for the Digital Single Market. However, as it often happens reality gets in the way and (i) I don’t really have the time today + (ii) I’m not sure of what I can say about it yet, so we’ll leave it for another day (apologies for the deceiving title of the post…).

I nonetheless did commit to advertise the workshop that our friends at ERA have organized next Thursday  on “EU Competition Law and the Sharing Economy in the Age of Uber &Airbnb” (on which I quite unfortunately could not participate), so if you are interested in the topic and want to hear from some of the best in the field, click here for more info.

This is, by the way, a topic on which I spoke last year in Madrid, but more generally, in relation to the wider legal challenges posed by the sharing economy. It’s not that I said anything of much interest, but I’m so proud of my slides (which include an app to find lawyers near you; in Spanish, though) that I thought I would re-post them here: Sharing Economy _A.Lamadrid  😉

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

29 November 2016 at 9:28 pm

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