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BILETA 2020 Call for Papers

Published: 28th October 2019 Last updated: 05th November 2019

BILETA's annual conference 2020, entitled Regulating Transitions in Technology and Law, will take place in Tilburg on 7-8 April 2020, hosted by the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), part of the department on Law, Technology, Markets and Society (LTMS).

Call for Papers

In the last few years, new terms have become more and more popular and have drawn the attention of both the general public and legal experts, and also the regulators: datafication, smartification, platformisation, economic integration, but also migration and climate mitigation. There is a common denominator to each and every one of these concepts: Change. A transition from a given 'old' to an unknown or uncertain 'new'.

Change itself is closely related to technology. Change can be the intended result of the application of a technology, or it may be one of its unintended side effects. In any case, the development of technology by humanity poses complex moral and legal questions as to the acceptable intended and unintended effects that technology has on a given society, and how society and individuals shall react to them. In other words, technology is transforming society on many fronts.

In recent years, we have seen the sustained move from atoms to bits, rise of social media and the sharing economy, and the rapid development of cloud computing, big data, smart devices, and robotics. Along with these developments we see a continuous stream of new legal and regulatory issues. Furthermore, the very discipline of legal studies can be deeply affected, for the good or for the bad, by some technological advancements, such as AI and technology-enhanced learning tools.

We welcome papers on the following (and other) topics, with a particular welcome for papers that address regulatory challenges in technology and law, or issues connected to legal education:

  • Privacy and data protection
  • Mass and targeted surveillance
  • Intellectual property law
  • Cybercrime, cybersecurity, predictive policing
  • Law and the creative industries (e.g. content regulation, taxation, consumer issues, competition)
  • Legal education, regulation, and technology-enhanced learning
  • Legal and ethical aspects of AI, algorithms, machine learning, automation
  • Approaches to regulation and governance
  • Future technologies and law
  • Human rights and technology


Abstracts of up to 500 words should be uploaded to Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bileta2020) by Sunday 19 January 2020.

Queries? Please contact conference organisers Prof. Eleni Kosta and Dr Leonie Reins, as well as the events coordinator Femke Abousalama (bileta2020@uvt.nl). See also https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tilt/tilt-bileta-2020.