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Call for Papers a.y. 2020/2021

Workshop on

Legal Design for Transparency in Consumer Contracts operating in online and offline environment.

A new chance for the interaction between Academics and Stakeholders.

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Call for Papers and Use Cases

The Jean Monnet Chair in European Protection Law of Individuals in Relation to New Technologies – PROTECH (ERASMUS+ JEAN MONNET ACTIONS 611876-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPJMO-CHAIR) granted at the Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa (Naples, Italy) will hold at the same University the PROTECH Workshop a.y. 2020/2021 entitled Legal Design for Transparency in Consumer Contracts operating in online and offline environment, on the following topics:

  • “How can be implemented the transparency in consumer contracts in the online or offline environment?
  •   “How can the banks and the big tech enterprise increase the trust of the client in the relationship with themselves most of all in online environment?”
  • “What is the role of design thinking in relation to products and services innovation?”
  • “How can the banks and the big tech enterprises adequately protect the consumers’ data most of all in the online environment?”
  • “The banks and big tech enterprises can legally buy the consumers data and, if yes, which content must have the contract?”
  • “How to ensure greater certainty of roles and legal situations in the relationships undertaken via the online platforms? How to tackle unfair commercial practices?”
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of online dispute resolution (ODR) for consumers?”

The objective of the PROTECH Workshop a.y. 2020-2021 on Legal Design for Transparency in Consumer Contracts operating in online and offline environmentis to straighten the protective approach in European Law regarding the relationship between individuals and technologies, with particular regard to consumer protection in the digital age, since the relationship with technologies could place them in a position of vulnerability even if they do not have disabilities.

The European Union is founded on the values of human dignity, equality, respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. In the internal market, the European Union promotes scientific and technological advances and deals with the interactions between science and technological development, as well as broad societal, ethical and fundamental rights issues, also in relation to vulnerable individuals, such us the consumer. Furthermore, over the last thirty years, the European Union has approved several legislative acts and recommendations to enforce the protection of individuals who are in a position of vulnerability compared to others, who could abuse their greater power over them in digital environments.

The first goal of this call is to create a contact between the Stakeholders of the European Business area, included the Consumers Associations, on the one hand, and the Academics of Italian and European area, on the other, who could try to give solutions to the questions put out by the first.

Therefore, the call is directed to the stakeholders (as banks, enterprises, industries with particular interest in technology development) and the academics who will have to discuss and/or propose solution to the questions listed above or other questions on the same topics.

More precisely, the workshop becomes the place where the Stakeholders can ask to the Academics how to solve some critical issues concerning their relationship with the consumers of their products and services, most of all when this relationship is carried out in the online environment.

At the same time, the call is directed to the Academics whose studies could offer concrete answers to the proposed questions.

As final result of the Workshop it will be published in the European Journal of Privacy Law & Technologies – EJPLT (www.ejplt.tatodpr.eu) the collection of the papers or case studies presented during the dialogue between the above mentioned categories that will take place at the PROTECH Workshop event on 28th October 2021.

The a.y. 2020-2021 Workshop will put a particular emphasis on:

  1. straightening the protective approach in European Law regarding the relationship between individuals and technologies, with particular regard to “Legal Design for Transparency in Consumer Contracts” but taking into account a more wide
  2. encouraging Stakeholders, Professors, Researchers, Ph.D. candidates and Young Scholars, to respond to a widely accessible call for papers. The selected papers will be presented during the workshop and published in the European Journal of Privacy Law & Technologies (EJPLT);

strengthening the international exchange and the dialogue between Stakeholders and Academics on the workshop topics.

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Papers and Use cases submission

Stakeholders are invited to discuss the question listed above, or other questions on the same topics, with a paper or use case.

Professors, Researchers, Ph.D. candidates and Young Scholars coming from anywhere in the world, are invited to answer to the questions listed above, or to other questions on the same topics, with a paper or use case.

They can come from a variety of public and private Institutions and can have different scientific backgrounds including not only law but also economy, engineering, computer science and design.

During the Workshop, Stockholders and Academics will discuss on the issues identified and will be divided into panels.

The applicants can submit their application via email attaching the following document,s by 30th September 2021:

  • abstract of the paper/ use cases based on one of the indicated questions or other questions on the same topics, discussing the topics (for Stakeholders) or proposing solution (for Academics) (up to 200 word and in pdf format),
  • CV (in pdf format).
  • identity card copy (in pdf format).

The applicants can send their submissions to Jean Monnet Chair Holder Prof. Lucilla Gatt via email at jeanmonnetchairprotech@unisob.na.it

The authors will be informed via email by 8th October 2021 about the result of the call for paper selection for the Workshop a.y. 2020/2021 on “Legal Design for Transparency in Consumer Contracts”. The Workshop is free of charge, both for the speakers and for the public.

Each abstract will go through a blind review process carried out by expert Referees, members of the academic staff of the Jean Monnet Chair PROTECH (peer review), coordinated by the Chair Holder Prof. Lucilla Gatt. Referees are sector specialists who verify papers suitability for the workshop.

The selected abstract will be presented during the PROTECH Workshop on the established date in agreement with the authors.

The deadline to send the final version of the papers/case studies that will be published on the European Journal of Privacy Law & Technologies (EJPLT) as result of the PROTECH Workshop is 15th November 2021.  

The papers and the case studies must not have been already published in another Journals. The selected Referees of the Journal have the right to exclude a paper/use case that does not meet the quality requirements set for the publication on the Journal.

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Abstract

Abstract criteria

Please use de template attached.

Papers and Use cases criteria

The length of the final paper should be maximum 30.000 characters, footnotes excluded.

Language: English.

Please, for the final paper or case study download the template below. The information on the English Standard for the Citation is attached below.

ABSTRACT TEMPLATE WITH INSTRUCTIONS DOWNLOAD
ENGLISH STANDARD FOR THE CITATION DOWNLOAD

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Summary

Eligible candidate:

  1. Stakeholders coming from anywhere in the world, particularly in Europe.
  2. Young Scholars, PhD candidates and Researchers, coming from anywhere in the world, particularly in Europe.

Eligible papers and use cases: papers/use cases not already published which covers one of the mentioned topics.

Documents to be sent: abstract (up to 200 word), CV and identity card copy (all in .pdf format)

Submission deadline:  30th September 2021

Notification of acceptance: 8th October 2021

Online PROTECH Workshop “Legal Design for Transparency in Consumer Contracts”: 28th October 2021

Deadline for the submission of the final version of the paper or use case for the publication on EJPLT: 15th November 2021.

Submission via mail: jeanmonnetchairprotech@unisob.na.it