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Should Data Drive Private Law?


  • Christoph Busch University of Osnabrück
  • Catalina Goanta Utrecht University
  • Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna Bristol University
  • Monika Leszczynska Maastricht University
  • Vanessa Mak Leiden University



data, private law, data governance


This special issue tackles the question of whether and how data shapes private law. The development of new technologies enabled the generation, collection and processing of both personal and non-personal data on an unprecedented scale. The implications

of this phenomenon for private law are threefold. One, how does data affect our understanding of technology regulation in private law relationships? Two, how does data affect the way in which private law is applied? Three, what is the role of data in the design of law from a public policy perspective that transcends doctrinal considerations relating to private law?


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Author Biographies

Christoph Busch, University of Osnabrück

Professor of European Private Law, European Business Law and Private International Law at the Department of Law (European Legal Studies Institute (ELSI)), Universität Osnabrück, Germany.

Catalina Goanta, Utrecht University

Catalina Goanta is Associate Professor in Private Law and Technology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna, Bristol University

Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna is lecturer in law at the Bristol Law School, Bristol University, United Kingdom.

Monika Leszczynska, Maastricht University

Monika Leszczynska is Assistant Professor of Empirical Legal Research, at the department of Private Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Vanessa Mak, Leiden University

Vanessa Mak is Professor of Civil law at the Institute for Private law, Leiden University, the Netherlands.
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How to Cite

Busch, C., Goanta, C., Kryla-Cudna, K., Leszczynska, M., & Mak, V. (2022). Should Data Drive Private Law?. Technology and Regulation, 2022, 81–87.



Special Issue: Should Data Drive Private Law?
Received 2022-06-17
Published 2022-06-22