The Law of the Metaverse

2 ECTS / 12h / English

The seminar is a comprehensive course on the key regulatory aspects of the Metaverse. Based on an innovative Law & Tech methodology, the seminar frames the Metaverse's legal, political and societal impacts and debates if and how public regulation can foster its safe development.

The seminar invites students to study Law & Technology from a 'hands-on' perspective. Students will engage directly with technology through VR headsets and experience the regulatory challenges of the Metaverse first-hand in different Metaverse apps (Remio, Workrooms, Spatial, Decentraland and Roblox). Each session will be devoted to a particular regulatory dimension of the technology, ranging from its technological foundations and Internet access to intellectual property, competition law, privacy, freedom of expression, and identity risks.

By the end of the seminar, students will have acquired a comprehensive understanding of how the technology works, its regulatory impact, and the risks associated with its mass adoption, hence being able to engage in a meaningful discussion about its future.


Francisco de Abreu Duarte is a Ph.D. Researcher at the European University Institute focusing on Law & Technology. He holds an LL.M. from New York University…