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University of Alicante (Spain)
13-14 June 2024

Salón de Actos, Building Germán Bernácer


Thursday, 13th June 2024

8:30 – 9:00          Registration

9:00 – 09:15          Opening  Ceremony

Juan LLOPIS TAVERNER (Director of International Relations and Projects, University of Alicante)

Aurelio LÓPEZ-TARRUELLA (Director of the Chair for the Responsible Development of the Metaverse, University of Alicante)

9:15 – 10:00     

Introduction: the Metaverse in Context

“The European Commission Web 4.0 Strategy”

Anne BAJART (Deputy Head of Unit for Interactive Technologies, Digital for Culture and Education at DG CONNECT, European Commission)

“Welcome to the Metaverse – How AI will impact the Metaverse”

Christina JACKSON (External Engagement Lead for Reality Labs Policy at Meta))


ChairManuel DESANTES REAL (Professor of Private International Law / Chair of the Scientific Committee of the MetaverseUA Chair)

10:00 – 11:45

Metaverse Governance

Paper presentations:

 “Assembly and Expression in Extended Reality: Transposing Fundamental Rights Across Realities”

Emmie HINE (PhD Candidate at University of Bologna / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) 

“A Tale of Two Metaverses: Assessing the EU’s Influence on Standard-Setting in Virtual Worlds”

Anselm KÜSTERS (Divisional Head Digitalisation, Centre for European Policy, Berlin)

“Regulating Data Access: An Inquiry into the Implications and Implementation of Section 40 of the Digital Services Act in the Metaverse”

Faith OBAFEMI (Researcher / Privacy Policy Technician at Queen’s University Belfast)

«Setting the Standards for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the Metaverse»

Nataliia MAZARAKI (State University of Trade and Economics (Ukraine) /

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)

“Openverse – Supporting the emergence of open, human-centric virtual worlds”

Stella MEYER (Research Associate and project manager at the Lisbon Council)



Patrick GRADY (Editor of Metaverse EU / Tech lead at Fourtold)

Jose Angel CAMISÓN YAGUE (Associate Professor Constitutional Law, University of Alicante).


Chair: Pau GUARDIOLA (Stanford University / UCAM Universidad Católica de Murcia)

11:45 – 12:15

Coffee break

12:15 – 13:45

Avatars and Digital Identity in the Metaverse

Papers presentations:

 “The Metaverse Legal Matrix: Avatar Realities and Legalities”

Vera Lúcia RAPOSO (Assistant Professor and Deputy Director for Value Creation and Internationalization at NOVA School of Law, Lisbon)

 “Holding Avatars accountable? The issue of damages in the Metaverse”

Lorena María ARISMENDY MENGUAL (Professor of Private Law at CUNEF Universidad, Madrid)

 “A unique digital identity in the metaverse: state of the art and future challenges”

Giovanni SORRENTINO (PhD Candidate at University of Bologna)

 “Identity: Experience and Extension in the Metaverse”

A.Patricia LLAQUE GÁLVEZ, Domingo DÍAZ AMATO, Esther SÁNCHEZ GONZÁLEZ (Metaverse for Good)



Lisa KÄDE (Attorney at JBB)

Martin EBERS (President of Robotics & AI Law Society (RAILS))


Chair: Julián LÓPEZ RICHART (Associate Professor in Civil Law at the University of Alicante / Director of the Master in Law of the Digital Society)

13:45 – 15:00


15:00 – 15:30

Keynote Speech

“Generative AI and the Metaverse” 

Nuria OLIVER (Scientific Director and Co-Founder of Ellis, Alicante Unit)

15:30 – 17:00

Privacy and Personal Data Protection in the Metaverse

Papers presentations:

“Blockchain for avatar data governance: privacy-enhancing Metaverse?”

Natalia MENÉNDEZ (PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the Centre for a Digital Society, European University Institute, Florence) 

“Ubiquity of personal data through the Virtual Worlds: a study on privacy legislation territoriality.”

Javier LÓPEZ-GUZMAN (PhD Candidate and Research fellow in Private international law at University of Alicante)

“Designing Privacy: Integrating GDPR’s Data Protection by Design Principle into the Metaverse”

Pablo TRIGO KRAMCSÁK (PhD researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

“Publicness in digital “public” spaces – Metaverse”

Shweta DEGALAHAL (PhD Candidate at Tilburg University)

“Biometric and Behavioural Data Consumption by AI Systems in the Metaverse: A Risk Assessment”
Stanley SIMOES (Early Stage Researcher at Queen’s University Belfast)



Nicolas DE BOUVILLE (EMEA Privacy Policy Manager at Meta)

Migle LAUKYTE (Associate Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Law, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)


Chair:  Aurelio LÓPEZ-TARRUELLA (Director of the Chair for the responsible development of the Metaverse, University of Alicante)

17:00 – 17:30


17:30 – 19:00


Paper presentations:

“Metaverses and industrial designs: opportunities and ambiguities

Sara LOUREDO (Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at University of Vigo, Spain)

 “Competition and IP in virtual worlds: granularity or dominance”

Vanessa JIMÉNEZ SERRANÍA (Associate Professor of Commercial Law at University of Salamanca, Spain)

«The use of NFTs with underlying artistic works in the metaverse: Between expectation and reality. Apropos of Judgment No. 11/2024 from the Ninth Commercial Court of Barcelona»

Daylin VALDÉS HERNÁNDEZ (LLM in Intellectual Property, University Carlos III, Madrid)

 “Fair metaverse uses of digitised IP: A European copyright and trade mark law analysis”

Ioanna LAPATOURA (Lecturer in Law, at University College London)



Gaetano DIMITA (Senior Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London) 

Enrico BONADIO (Reader in Intellectual Property Law at City, University of London)


Chair: Laurent MANDERIEUX (Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Bocconi University)

19:00 – 20:30


Friday, 14th June 2024

9:00 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:00

“The future of the Metaverse”

Lasse ROUHIAINEN (International Keynote Speaker on Artificial Intelligence)

12:00 – 13:30

Paper presentations:

 “Predation & Peril: Addressing Content Policing and Moderation in the Metaverse”  (online)

Pin LEAN LAU (Director of Research at the UK & European Chapter Responsible Metaverse Alliance)

 “Virtual Worlds, Real risks: Exploring user safety in the metaverse under the Digital Services Act.” 

Noémie KRACK (Legal Researcher at KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)),

Jean DE MEYERE (PhD Candidate at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP))

 “Content moderation in (decentralised) metaverses”

Gian Marco BOVENZI (PhD Candidate at Centro Alti Studi per la Difesa, Rome)

 “Protecting young players in the Metaverse”

Adèle SERIO (Ph.D. Candidate in Law at the University of Montreal and the University of Poitiers)

«Infiltrating virtual worlds: The regulation of undercover agents through fundamental rights»

Salomé LANNIER (Post-doctoral researcher, University of Luxembourg)



Giancarlo FROSIO (Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law / Director of the G-IPTech Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, School of Law)

Jan DE BRUYNE (Head of Unit at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law)


Chair: Paul POLAŃSKI (Professor, Department of Information Systems at Kozminski University)

13:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 16:30

Paper presentations:

“Location, Location, Location! Law Applicable to Virtual Real Estate in the Metaverse”

Ana Mercedes LÓPEZ RODRÍGUEZ (Associate Professor of private international law at the Loyola University of Sevilla) 

“Marketing in the Metaverse: transparency obligations for restoring the basic truth-in-advertising principle”

Jacopo CIANI (Research Fellow at the University of Torino / Adjunct Professor at the ESCP Business School Turin)

“Building Digital Markets in the Metaverse: Reconsidering the Role of Intellectual Property Rights, Licensing Agreements and NFTs”

Marcos CRUZ GONZÁLEZ (Substitute Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Salamanca)

“Consumer Rights in the Metaverse: Ensuring Protections in a Virtual Market”

Germán Darío FLÓREZ ACERO (Director of the Master in Innovation in Digital Law and Legal Tech at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Colombia)



Antonio SERRANO ACITORES (Associate Professor of Commercial Law at University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid).

Giovanni Maria RICCIO (Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Salerno / Founder & Senior Partner at e-Lex Law Firm)


Chair: Teresa RODRÍGUEZ DE LAS HERAS BALLELL (Professor of Commercial Law at University Carlos III, Madrid)

16:30 – 17:30

17:30 – 18:00

18:00 – 19:00

Amparo NAVARRO FAURE (President of the University of Alicante)

Julián LÓPEZ RICHART (Associate Professor in Civil Law at the University of Alicante / Director of the Master in Law of the Digital Society)

Keynote speech: 

Bernt HUGENHOLTZ (Professor of law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam)



Venue: Salón de Actos, Edificio Germán Bernacer, Universidad de Alicante

The event is for free up to a maximum of 50 persons. If you are interested, please register 


Proyecto PROMETEO (CIPROM/2022/40) para grupos de investigación de excelencia: "La nueva era de los algoritmos y la inteligencia artificial y su tutela jurídica-privada en el marcó de la Unión Europea", financiado por la Conselleria de Educación, Investigación, Cultura y Deporte de la Generalitat Valenciana
“Justicia digital para asuntos transfronterizos” PID2021-126056OA-I00 financiado por Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, la Agencia Estatal de Investigación y el FEDER de la UE