Amsterdam and the Platform Economy


Course Objective

(a) Subject-specific learning outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the student:
• has basic knowledge of the core doctrines and systems of contract law
and regulation in a national context
• the means or choice of regulation
• the differences between negotiated and non-negotiated contracts and
the policing thereof.

(b) Academic learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course the student is able:
• To read primary legal sources in the area of contract law and
• To identify different legal regimes that regulate the same societal
• To apply legal rules to (simplified) cases involving contract law and
administrative law o
• To offer interpretations of rules in light of changing circumstances
• To summarize and to articulate legal rules, principles, case law and
academic literature pertaining to the topics of this semester

(c) Social and communication learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student is able:
• to summarize case law and academic literature in their own words in
• to present a summary of a judicial decision or academic writing in
their own words
• to provide feedback on the work of other students
• find relevant legal rules and principles, jurisprudence and academic
literature pertaining to the topics of this semester
• select reliable sources to solve basic legal problems

(d) Study skills and professional orientation
Upon completion of the course, the student is able:
• to apply the necessary learning and study skills to reflect on his own
learning process.

Course Content

Contract and contract law provide the legal infrastructure of the
platform-economy. Contracts are concluded between the platform and the
supplier/prosumer, the platform and the consumer, on the one hand, and
between the supplier and the consumer on the other hand. Within the life
of contract, the following issues are distinguished: formation of the
contract, content of the contract and the remedies. These issues will be
discussed as well as the different types of contract, the way weaker
parties are protected.
However, these contracts also produce externalities, they affect, for
instance, the housing market and public policy in general. In the second
part of this course, it will be discussed how and to what extent
regulators can interfere. Moreover, it will be taken into account who
the stakeholders are who can influence that process. This will be
discussed from a multi-level perspective, which focuses on the local

Teaching Methods

Seminars (Attendance is mandatory)

Method of Assessment

Written exam

General Information

Course Code R_APE
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. mr. J.W. Rutgers
Examiner prof. mr. J.W. Rutgers
Teaching Staff prof. dr. A.R. Neerhof
prof. mr. S.E. Zijlstra

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group