Welcome to the Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab, hosted by the Institute for Information Law, at the University of Amsterdam.

We study the societal impact of blockchain technologies from a law and policy perspective.

We are thinking about questions such as:

  • How are blockchain applications governed? What internal factors contribute to the success of a blockchain application?
  • How do different societal domains deal with blockchain technologies and their potential disruptive effect?
  • What are the most important regulatory issues around blockchain applications, and what are our policy alternatives?


“Whether one is writing about 1558 or the year of Our Lord 1958, if one wants to understand the world, one has to determine the hierarchy of forces, currents, and individual movements, and then put them together to form an overall constellation. Throughout, one must distinguish between long-term movements and momentary pressures, finding the immediate sources of the latter and the long-term thrust of the former.” – Braudel, Fernand, and Immanuel Wallerstein. “History and the Social Sciences: The Longue Durée.” Review (Fernand Braudel Center), vol. 32, no. 2, 2009, pp. 171–203. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/40647704.

Latest news

CPDP 2019: Blockchain technology and the GDPR: The beginning of a beautiful privacy whac-a-mole?

The video of our CPDP panel is now up!

Organised by Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab, Institute for Information Law, UvA

Chair Balazs Bodo, Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab, Institute for Information Law, UvA (NL)

Moderator: Mireille Hildebrandt, VUB-LSTS (BE)

Speakers: Michèle Finck, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (DE); David Ci- liberti, DG JUST (EU); Alexandra Giannopoulou, Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab, Institute for Information Law, UvA (NL); George Danezis, UCL (UK); Konstantinos Stylianou, University of Leeds (UK)


Individual user control of data has become a central issue in the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), creating a more demanding data protection framework for involved actors, all while coming in conflict with fundamental characteristics of blockchains.

Validation rules for blockchain research – the third report in our Blockchain&Society Research Nodes series is out!

In December 2018, we organised a two-day workshop dedicated to blockchain scholarly research. The workshop brought together teams from four different projects: the Blockchain&Society Policy Research Lab from Amsterdam, P2P Models from Madrid, MoneyLab from Amsterdam, and Weizenbaum Institute’s Trust in Distributed Environments research group from Berlin.

The team

The team


My name is Balazs Bodo, and I am the PI of this project. I’m a research scientist at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam.  I am a 2 time Fulbright Scholar (2006-7, Stanford University; 2012 Harvard University), and a former Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (2013-15). I have a strong interdisciplinary background, Having a degree in Economics (MSc, Corvinus University, 1999), and a PhD in Media Studies (ELTE, 2011). In recent years I have worked on copyright piracy, and algorithmic information personalization.

Find me on the IViR website, on UvA, on Twitter, on ORCID, on SSRN, and on my personal webpage.

João Pedro studied Law at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center in Germany (Ohem Prize recipient) and a PhD in law from the University of Amsterdam. He is currently a Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the IViR, where he focuses on information law matters, including intellectual property and the application of copyright in the online environment, as well as Blockchain law and policy. He is a member of the Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab, and Managing Editor of the Kluwer Copyright Blog.  His publications are available on his IViR page or on his SSRN author page. You can also find him on Twitter @jpquintais.

I am Valeria Ferrari, PhD candidate at the IViR, UvA. In 2017 I obtained a Law degree from the University of Trento. My thesis on Internet Service Providers’ criminal liability is based on my research experience at eCrime – ICT, Law and Criminology, research institute of the University of Trento (2016-2017). At the University of Bologna (2017-2018) I focused on digital evidence and protection of fundamental rights in the context of digital forensic investigations. Within the Blockchain&Society Policy Research Lab I will analyse enforcement-related issues of blockchain-based applications. Beside my academic activities, I am founder and content manager of BlockchainTalks, a monthly conference located in Amsterdam aimed at spreading awareness on the impact of blockchain technologies.

Alexandra Giannopoulou is a postdoctoral researcher at the Blockchain and Society Policy Lab at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. She is an associate researcher at the Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC) in Paris, within the research group Information and Commons Governance and she has also worked as a research fellow at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. Alexandra Giannopoulou is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and of the University of Paris West Nanterre La Defense. She holds a PhD from the Center for Legal and Economic Studies of Multimedia (CEJEM) at the University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas, which was presented on December 2016. Her PhD thesis entitled “The Creative Commons licenses” and supervised by Professor Jérôme Huet evaluates the legal status of the Creative Commons licenses on an international, European and national scale and assesses the effects of Creative Commons (as a transnational copyright management system) to reforms of the current normative framework. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at Stanford Law School supervised by Professor Paul Goldstein (2012) and a junior lecturer (ATER) at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense (2014-2016).