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?


Latest news

Our CPDP panel on blockchain and copyright is online

Our CPDP 2018 blockchain and copyright panel with Ruslan Nurullaev (International Laboratory for Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Higher School of Economics), Primavera De Filippi (CNRS), Susana Nascimento (Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Guido Noto La Diega (Northumbria University), and Alexander Savelyev (Higher School of Economics) is online.

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.

quintaisJoão Pedro studied Law at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He subsequently conducted Post Graduate Studies at the Law School of the Universidade de Lisboa, first in Commercial Companies Law and then in Information Society Law, Copyright and Electronic Commerce. He went on to take an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center in Germany (Ohem Prize recipient). Prior to joining IViR, he worked extensively in the intellectual property and information technology areas in Portugal, both as a lawyer and as legal counsel. João Pedro conducted his doctoral research between 2012 and 2016 at the IViR and, from August to December 2014, he was a Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, School of Law. His dissertation, entitled “Copyright in the Age of Online Access: Alternative Compensation Systems in EU Copyright Law”, was published in 2017 in the Kluwer Information Law Series. João Pedro 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. He is a permanent contributor to the Kluwer Copyright Blog and most of his publications are available on the list below or on his SSRN author page.

If you want to be on the team, check out the research plan, the open positions, and send me a mail: bodo@uva.nl.