University of Padova - Law School


Program Description

The summer school strives to present well-rounded analyses of the legal, business, and policy issues that arise at the intersection of law, technology, and industry. The Program introduces to the main areas of Digital Law, providing participants with insight into the field of IT Law and an appreciation of the significant role of the law in furthering the economic and technological development, and particularly in promoting innovation. Aside from the academic program and its educational value, the Summer School is significant from a cultural point of view: participants will have the opportunity to attend one of Europe’s oldest universities, to discover the authentic Venezia as well as exchange ideas and experiences in an international environment.

All activities will be carried on in English. On the last day of the Summer School, each participant who regularly attended the program will receive a Certificate of Attendance (3 ECTS).

Target Group

Young researchers, professors, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students as well as young professionals from any field of study or discipline. Maximum 30 participants.


The courses will be held in the city center of Padova (at Jobcampus where accommodation is provided).


850 Euros (early bird), and includes:

  • Tuition
  • On-campus accommodation (single or double, according to availability) in the Campus
  • Opening Party
  • Lunches
  • Guided Tour of the historic University of Padova
  • Guided Tour of the Padova city center
  • Trip to Venice
  • Closing Party


Monday 17 June (4 to 7 p.m.)
Digital Economy and the Law

  • Introductory Speech: Legal Challenges of Digitalization
    Claudia Sandei, University of Padova
  • The disruptive effect of digital technology on Contract Law
    Christian Twigg-Flesner, University of Warwick (UK)
  • The Digital Future of Corporate Law
    Florian Möslein, Philipps-Universität Marburg (DE)
  • Asian and Global Trends in Information Technology Law
    Shi Chen, SWUFE Law School (China)

7. p.m. Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday 18 June (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

  • Blockchain: Technology and Applications
    Mauro Conti, University of Padova
  • Unchain the Blockchain: Revolution in Corporate Business
    Emanuela Campari Bernacchi, Partner at Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli Law Firm
  • Smart? Blockchain, DAO, and Decentralization
    Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Legislative Developments on Blockchain: A Perspective on Innovative Countries
    Silvia Andriotto, Senior Manager Vistra Group (Principality of Monaco)

Field trip to Venice (Guided tour and typical dinner)

Wednesday 19 June (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Fintech, Cryptocurrencies, and E-payments

  • Regulating Fintech
    William J. Magnuson, Texas A&M University School of Law (USA)
  • Crowdfunding, Regulation, and Innovation
    Nicola De Luca, LUISS University of Rome
  • ICO: Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs through Cryptocurrencies
    Claudia Sandei, University of Padova
  • Do cryptos necessitate a change to our securities laws?
    Syren Johnstone, Hong Kong University (HK)
  • The Legal Status of Cryptocurrencies
    Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex (UK)

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Guided tour to Padova

Thursday 20 June (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
IP Law in the Digital Age

  • Copyright Law, Digital Content and the Internet in the Asia-pacific
    Shi Chen, SWUFE Law School (China)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Rights
    Andrea De Gaspari, Partner at De Gaspari Osgnach Law Firm
  • Looking Ahead: How Intellectual Property Laws will Likely Handle the Forthcoming Era of 3D Printing
    Shahrokh Falati, Albany Law School (USA)
  • The Role of Patents in Information and Communication Technology
    Fabio Manenti, University of Padova

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Guided tour of UNIPD Historical Site
8 p.m.: Closing dinner (Caffè Pedrocchi)

Friday 21 June (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Protection

Pre-Session: Introduction to GDPR
Speaker TBC


The Law of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
Giangiacomo Olivi, Partner at Dentons LLP
E-commerce, Big Data Analytics, and Consumer Protection
Subhajit Basu, University of Leeds (UK)


Tommaso Faelli, Partner at Bonelli Erede Law Firm

Last updated June 2019

About the School

The Innovation and Technology Law Lab - ITLL is an International Group of Research founded and coordinated by the Business Law Chair of the University of Padova. ITLL seeks to foster companies’ growth ... Read More

The Innovation and Technology Law Lab - ITLL is an International Group of Research founded and coordinated by the Business Law Chair of the University of Padova. ITLL seeks to foster companies’ growth and the development of a new sustainable Digital Economy through the establishment of a modern and coherent legal framework. Read less