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Digital Technologies and the Law of Obligations

Edited by: Zvonimir Slakoper, Ivan Tot

ISBN13: 9780367512705
Published: September 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

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Digital Technologies and the Law of Obligations critically examines the emergence of new digital technologies and the challenges they pose to the traditional law of obligations, and discusses the extent to which existing contract and tort law rules and doctrines are equipped to meet these new challenges.

This book covers various contract and tort law issues raised by emerging technologies – including distributed ledger technology, blockchain-based smart contracts, and artificial intelligence – as well as by the evolution of the internet into a participative web fuelled by user-generated content, and by the rise of the modern-day collaborative economy facilitated by digital technologies. Chapters address these topics from the perspective of both the common law and the civil law tradition. While mostly focused on the current state of affairs and recent debates and initiatives within the European Union regulatory framework, contributors also discuss the central themes from the perspective of the national law of obligations, examining the adaptability of existing legal doctrines to contemporary challenges, addressing the occasional legislative attempts to deal with the private law aspects of these challenges, and pointing to issues where legislative interventions would be most welcomed. Case studies are drawn from the United States, Singapore, and other parts of the common law world.

Digital Technologies and the Law of Obligations will be of interest to legal scholars and researchers in the fields of contract law, tort law, and digital law, as well as to legal practitioners and members of law reform bodies.

Contract Law, IT, Internet and Artificial Intelligence Law
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Chapter 1: Contract and Tort Law in the Digital Age: Contemporary Challenges to the Law of Obligations
Zvonimir Slakoper and Ivan Tot
Part I: Digital Technologies and Other Contemporary Challenges in Tort Law
Chapter 2: Civil Liability of Internet Intermediaries for Illegal Online Content
Matija Damjan
Chapter 3: Sharing Economy as the Contemporary Challenge for the Law of Torts
Radosław Strugała
Chapter 4: Rethinking Tort Law in the Corporate Group Situation
Christian A Witting
Chapter 5: Blockchain-Based Registration and Transfer of Shares: Consequences in the Area of Law of Obligations
Marcin Mazgaj
Chapter 6: Liability for Artificial Intelligence
Nasir Muftić
Part II: Contract Law Challenges Posed by Smart Contracts
Chapter 7: What are Smart Contracts? An Attempt of their Demystification
Mateja Durovic
Chapter 8: The ‘Contracting Problem’ Revisited: Explaining the Formation of Algorithmic Contracts under the Common Law
Nicholas Liu
Chapter 9: Addressing Contemporary Challenges in Contract Law through Millenary Concepts
Andrea Faraci and Luigi Lonardo
Chapter 10: Smart Contracts and Evolution of Legal Perspective on Protection of Human Rights
Dino Gliha and Sandra Marković
Part III: Digital Contracts, Accounts, and Services
Chapter 11: How Terms of Service Agreements, as Contracts of Adhesion, Influence Users’ Digital Accounts, and Their Content?
Dubravka Klasiček
Chapter 12: Online Peer-to-Peer Accommodation Services: The ECJ’s Judgment in Case C-390/18, Airbnb Ireland
Kosjenka Dumančić