The research projects «The regulation of sharing economy» and «The regulation of digital transformation and the sharing economy» are set up by a team of experts (in administrative law, constitutional law, tax law, labor law, economics and sociology) from the University of Valencia and other European and North American Universities, who have been conducting research on the regulation of the economy over the last years. The project aims at analysing, from a multidisciplinary and comparative approach, the most relevant problems raised by the regulation of so called sharing economy (i. e. peer-to-peer economy, mesh, collaborative consumption, etc.), that is, of systems of production and consumption of goods which use recently developed information technology to enable new kinds of sharing arrangements that, due to transaction costs and information asymmetries, were previously too difficult to implement. Our starting hypothesis is that most systems of sharing economy need to be specifically regulated in order to clarify the law and strike a fair balance between the interests at stake, as those systems present new and substantially different issues that were not foreseen at the time current regulations were enacted

Given that, the research team will first try to detect, describe and analyze the most relevant problems raised by sharing economy, namely: the optimal scope of legal rules, social norms, regulation and self-regulation in this field; which are the key public and private actors in this realm and which role they should play in the regulation of sharing economy; which legal devices (e. g. regulatory impact assessment, sunset and experimental legislation, incremental regulation) might be used in order to minimize uncertainty generated by the advent of sharing economy; how the law should be shaped in order to both promote social innovations such as sharing economy and minimize their risks; the functioning of so called reputational systems, through which participants in sharing economy platforms exchange information on relevant goods, services, individuals or entities; protection of privacy and personal data; protection of consumers and third parties; prevention of tax and social security fraud; and whether the rules governing sharing economy could unacceptably undermine the interests protected by current labor standards. Second, the research team will empirically assess the actual functioning of some paradigmatic sharing economy systems (in the realm of transport, residential accommodation, electricity generation and funding) and, in particular, determine the impact those systems and their regulation is having on social welfare. Third, the project aims at analyzing, in the light of available empirical evidence, how sharing economy platforms ought to be designed and eventually regulated in order to solve the abovementioned problems in the way that best suits the general interests of the society as a whole. Finally, we will try to determine how current regulations should be interpreted and applied to the those problems.

These research Projects are also part of the activities of the REGULATION Research Group at the University of Valencia, and have been funded by the Spanish Government (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Research Plan, 2016-2019: by the Research project DER2015-67613-R «The regulation of sharing economy») and by the Valencian Government (Generalitat Valenciana, Universities, Research and Science Office: by the Research Project PROMETEU/2017/064 «The regulation of digital transformation and the sharing economy»). The Regulation Research Group of the University of València is also the lead partner of the SHINE Jean Monnet Network (Sharing Economy and Inequalities across Europe, 611585-EPP-1-2019-1-ES-EPPJMO-NETWORK) that groups academic research and teaching on those subjects made by the University of València, the University of Bolonia, the Catholic University of Louvain, the University of Palermo and the University of Barcelona.



El Derecho Público ante la crisis del COVID-19: 14, 16, 22, 24, 28 y 30 de abril y 5 y 8 de mayo de 2020. Jornadas on-line. Seguimiento en directo aquí. Programa de la semana en curso aquí.

2018-2019 Legal Lunches on Regulation and Sharing Economy 

Our Regulation Research Group YouTube Channel:

Videos (in English) of our June 2018 International Conference on Competition Law, Digital Platforms and Big Data

- Videos (in Spanish or Catalan) of our July 2017 Course Course on the regulation of the Sharing Economy in Transportation, Cultural and Touristic Markets

Videos (in Spanish) of our January 2018 Seminar on the Challenges of the Digital Transformation of the Economy


2019: International Conference on the Regulation of the Sharing Economy 

2018 International Conference on Competition Law, Digital Platforms and Big Data (Videos available at our YouTube Channel)

2018 Public debate on the regulation of shared accommodation in Spain and in València in particular

2018 Training Workshop on data and statistical tools, quantitative methods and empirical analyse for Social Sciences Research 

2017 Johanna Jacobsson, Crowdworking and telemigration – the call for new global rules (15 December 2017, València, Spain)

2017 International Conference on the Regulation of Shared Accommodation (25-26 October, València, Spain)  

2017 Law and Behavioral Sciences. New Roles for Public and Private Law (11 October 2017, València, Spain)    

2017 International Conference on Labor in the Sharing Economy and Crowd Workers (28-29 September, València, Spain)

2017 Summer Course about the Sharing Economy for Innovation and Touristic Activities (17-18 July, Gandia, Spain)

2017 Competition and Regulation Seminar (10 May, València, Spain)

2016 International Conference on the Regulation of Shared Transportation Systems (14-15 November, València, Spain)

2015-2018 Legal Lunches on Regulation and Sharing Economy 




- Todolí Signes, A. (2017): El trabajo en la era de la economía colaborativa, Tirant lo Blanch.

- Boix, A.; De la Encarnación, A.; Doménech, G. (eds.) (2017): La regulación del transporte colaborativo, Aranzadi - Thomson Reuters.

- Rodríguez Piñero, M.; Todolí Signes, A. (eds.) (2018): Trabajo en plataformas digitales: innovación, Derecho y mercado, Aranzadi – Thomson Reuters.

- De la Encarnación, A. (dir.); Boix Palop, A. (coord.) (2018): La regulación del alojamiento colaborativo, Aranzadi - Thomson Reuters.



- Doménech Pascual, G. (2015):  “La regulación de la economía colaborativa. El caso Uber contra el taxi” CEFLEGAL, 175-176, pp. 61-104.

- Doménech Pascual, G. (2016): “Sharing Economy and Regulatory Strategies towards Legal Change”, European Journal of Risk Regulation, 7:4, 2016, pp. 717-727

- De la Encarnación, A.M. (2016): “Alojamiento colaborativo, viviendas de uso turístico y plataformas virtuales”, REALA, 5, on-line.

- Todolí Signes, A. (2016):  “El impacto de la  “Uber Economy” en las relaciones laborales: los efectos de las plataformas laborales en el mercado de trabajo”, IUSLABOR, 3

- Doménech Pascual, G. (2017): “Economía colaborativa y Administración Local”, Anuario del Gobierno Local 2015/2016, pp. 35-66.

 - Todolí Signes, A. (2017): “El trabajador en la Uber economy: ni dependiente ni autónomo, sino todo lo contrario”, Trabajo y Derecho. Nueva Revista de Actualidad y Relaciones Laborales, 25, 2017, pp. 43.60.

- Doménech Pascual, G. (2017): “La regulación de la economía colaborativa en el sector del taxi y los VTC”, in Juan José Montero Pascual (ed.), La regulación de la economía colaborativa. AirBnB, BlaBlaCar, Uber y otras plataformas, Tirant Lo Blanch, Valencia, 2017, pp. 351-401. 

- Boix Palop, A. (2017): “La economía colaborativa, sus variantes y los retos jurídicos que plantea”, prologue to Alberto Aznar Traval, Economía colaborativa, alojamiento y transporte, Aranzadi - Thomson Reuters, pp. 19-25.

- Boix Palop, A. (2017): “La ordenación del transporte urbano colaborativo”, in A.Boix, A. De la Encarnación, G. Doménech, La regulación del transporte colaborativo, Aranzadi - Thomson Reuters, pp. 119-152.

- Boix Palop, A. (2018): “Economía colaborativa para el desarrollo local”, in M.R. Alonso Ibáñez, La sostenibilidad socioeconómica de las ciudades, Tirant lo Blanch, pp. 369-409.

- Doménech Pascual, G. (2018): “La regulación autonómica y local de las viviendas de uso turístico”, Anuario de Derecho Municipal 2017, 17, pp. 43-73.

- Boix Palop, A. (2018): “Estrategias regulatorias para la resolución de los conflictos de intereses generados por la proliferación del alojamiento de corta duración con intermediación digital” in De la Encarnación, A. (dir.); Boix Palop, A. (coord.) (2018): La regulación del alojamiento colaborativo, Aranzadi - Thomson Reuters.

- Soriano-Arnanz, A. y Doménech-Pascual, G. (2018): “Taxi regulation in Spain under the pressure of the sharing economy”, Rosen Noguellou & David Renders (eds.), Uber & Taxis. Comparative Law Studies, Bruylant, Bruxelles, pp. 357-376.  

Doménech Pascual, G. (2019): “Penalty y expulsión. La economía de las plataformas digitales en el sector de los taxis y los VTC”, in La contratación de bienes y servicios mediante plataforma de economía colaborativa, Civitas-Thompson Reuters, Madrid (forthcoming).

- Boix Palop, A. (2019):  “The Challenges of Urban Mobility Regulation and the New Urban Agenda” (forthcoming)

- Boix Palop, A. (2020): "Liderazgo local y sus límites en el despliegue de políticas de movilidad sostenible", Comunicación presentada en el XV Congreso de la AEPDA (Eivissa, febrero de 2020)

- Boix Palop, A. (2020): "Los algoritmos son reglamentos: La necesidad de extender las garantías propias de las normas reglamentarias a los programas empleados por la administración para la adopción de decisiones", Revista de Derecho Público. Teoría y Método, nº 1, 2020, pp. 223-269. 


- Boix Palop, A. (Draft):  “Competitive Risks in the Sharing Economy and the European Union Market Regulation” SSRN Draft uploaded at October 15th 2016. 



- Aznar Traval, A. (2016, University of València, Master in Commercial Law Final Project directed by A. Boix Palop):  “Derecho, Economía Colaborativa y Nuevos Modelos de Negocio:Sector del Transporte, Blablacar y Uber” (coming soon at

- Aznar Traval, A. (2017): Economía colaborativa:alojamiento y transporte, Aranzadi – Thomson Reuters



- A. Boix Palop on the regulation of the Sharing Economy (legal blogging in Spanish) and A. Boix Palop on other (and more broad) Public Law issues (legal blogging in Spanish)

- G. Doménech Pascual on Public Law issues (legal blogging in Spanish)

- A. Todolí Signes on Labour Law issue(legal blogging in Spanish)



- “Una regulación para la economía colaborativa eficiente y cuidadosa”, by Andrés Boix Palop at (a proposal analising how touristic countries such as Spain should regulate the sharing economy in the accommodation or transportation markets)

- “Intentando blindar el sector del taxi frente a la competencia, los tribunales y el interés público”, by Gabriel Doménech Pascual at (a critic analysis of the Spanish government and Parliament reaction trying to block judicial decisions that are forcing a timid opening to competition in transportation markets)



- Analysis of social possibilities and environmental issues regarding urban planning in Benimaclet (València): "Estudio sobre las posibilidades de reclasificación del Sector PRR-4 “Benimaclet” del Plan General de Ordenación Urbana de València, su hipotético coste y las medidas de planificación propias de un urbanismo sostenible e integrador para una futura actuación pública sobre ese sector", by Andrés Boix Palop, Reyes Marzal Raga, Clàudia Gimeno Fernández i Pasqual Herrero Vicent.


Members of the Research Project:

- Research Project responsible: Dr. Andrés Boix Palop (Administrative Law, University of València)

- Research Project responsible: Dr. Gabriel Doménech Pascual (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- Dr. M. Abramowicz (George Washington University)  

- B. Aranda Carles (Administrative Law, University of València)

- V. Bethencourt Rodríguez (Administrative Law, University of València)  

- J. Castellanos Claramunt (Law Theory, University of València)   

- Dra. A.M. de la Encarnación Valcárcel (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- Dr. R. de Vicente Domingo (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- Dr. M. Fehling (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg) 

- C. Gimeno Fernández (Administrative Law, University of València)   

-  Dr. E. García de Leonardo Tobarra (Administrative Law, University of València)  

- Dr. A. Ituren i Oliver (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- L. López Zurita (Public Law, European Institute of Florence) 

- Dra. E. Machancoses García (Tax Law, University of València)  

- J. Martínez Otero (Administrative Law, University of València)  

- W. Marneffe (Hasselt Universiteit)  

- Dra. R. Marzal Raga (Administrative Law, University of València)

- D. McKee (University of Toronto) 

- Dra. L. Melchor Miralles (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- Dr. J. Montoro Pons (Political Economics, University of València) 

- J. Ortiz Ballester (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- A. Palma Ortigosa (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- M. Pereiro Cárceles (Administrative Law, University of València) 

- Dr. M. Puchades Navarro (Political Economics, University of València) 

- Dra. S. Ranchordás (Gröningen University)  

- Dra. C. Rodilla Martí (Business Law, University of Valencia, external collaborator via REGULATION Group)   

- A. Soriano Arnanz (Administrative Law, University of València)  

- Dr. A. Todolí Signes (Labour Law, University of València) 

- Dr. J. M. Vidal Beltrán (Constitutional Law, University of València)