Liability of internet platforms: should exceptionalism end?

To be confirmed

Today, the E-Commerce Directive limits the liability of Internet platforms. This regime dates back to 2000, when the EU wanted to promote the then-nascent E-commerce platforms, to protect freedom of expression and boost the internal market.

15 years later, online platforms have significantly evolved. With their significant economic position comes the question of whether the limited liability regime belongs to a bygone era. Some are calling for a general reform ending ‘exceptionalism’, while others demand targeted changes providing exceptions to the limited liability.

Responding to those calls, the Commission has proposed changes to the limited liability regime with recent legislative and non-legislative initiatives such as those for media services, for copyright reform or to better tackle illegal online content.

In the autumn, CERRE will present the policy recommendations of its new report ‘Liability of internet platforms: should exceptionalism end?’

This research looks at whether the existing distinctions of the E-Commerce Directive are sufficiently clear and applicable to today’s online platforms. It also examines the coherence between the principles and the obligations of E-Commerce Directive and the recent initiatives of the Commission regarding the liability of platforms, and discusses the incentive effects of the limited liability regime on platforms’ design and competition.

Join key actors from the digital sector, including representatives of internet platforms, telecoms operators, regulatory authorities, European policymakers and academic experts for an afternoon of frank discussion and debate on this timely topic.

This Executive Seminar is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.

Registration available soon*




Welcome & introduction 

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Keynote speech
Presentation: ‘Liability of Internet Platforms: should exceptionalism end?’

Presentation of the findings of the CERRE report:

Professor Miriam Buiten

University of Mannheim



Professor Martin Peitz

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim



Professor Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Namur




Coffee break
Panel discussion: ‘Liability of Internet Platforms: should exceptionalism end?’

 See other discussants below



Cocktail reception

Additional discussants


Jennifer Bernal

Policy Manager, EMEA Strategy, 



Stephen Collins

Director, Public Policy EMEA,
Snap Inc.



Lisa Felton

Head, Services Regulation, 



Elin Nielsen

Head, EU Affairs, 



William Scrimshaw

Director, EU Government Affairs,



 Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks


Thursday 18 October 2018, 14.00-14.00,
To be confirmed

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact