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Arno R. Lodder is a professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Department Transnational Legal Studies, Centre for Law and Internet), and Of Counsel at SOLV lawyers. In his research and lecturing he focuses on topics related to law and internet, such as liability, contracting, security, privacy, freedom of speech, cybercrime; and phenomena related to big data, social media, cyberwar, internet of things, smart devices and apps.

He has published over 30 (co-)edited and (co-)authored books, such as DiaLaw on Legal Justification and Dialogical Models of Argumentation (1999), e-Directives, Guide To European Union Law On E-commerce (2002), Information Technology and Lawyers. Advanced Technology in the Legal Domain (2006), Enhanced Dispute Resolution Through the Use of Information Technology (2010), Cyberlaw in the Netherlands (2016), and EU Regulation of E-commerce (2017).


Finshed Ph.Ds

  1. Jan Peter Bergfeld (2003, &Kaspersen), Validatie en bijstandswet. Van papier tijger naar elektronische waakhond, defense VU 10 June
  2. Stephanie Bol (2007, &Kaspersen), Mediation en Internet. Analyse van juridische regels en noodzakelijke waarborgen voor e-mediation, defense VU 5 November
  3. Rob van den Hoven van Genderen (2016, &Oskamp), Privacy Limitation Clauses: Trojan Horses under the Disguise of Democracy. On the Reduction of Privacy by National Authorities in Cases of National Security and Justice Matters, defense VU 10 June
  4. Lianne Boer (2017, &Werner), International Law as we Know it. Cyberwar Discourse and the Construction of Knowledge in International Legal Scholarship, defense VU 3 April
  5. Daniel Dimov (2017, &Van den Herik), Crowdsourced Online Dispute Resolution, Defense Leiden 27 June
  6. Mariette Lokin (2018, &Van Ommeren), Wendbaar wetgeven. De wetgever als systeembeheerder, defense VU 31 October
  7. Tijmen Wisman (2019, &Murray/Van der Linden), The Quest for the Effective Protection of the Right to Privacy: On the Policy and Rulemaking on Mandatory Internet of Things systems in the European Uniondefense VU 23 January

Ph.D Committees

He served in the Netherlands and Australia (University of Western Sydney, University of Ballarat), Ireland (University of Cork), Israel (Universtiy of Tel Aviv), Italy (University of Bologna), Norway (University of Oslo), Portugal  (University of Evora), and UK (University of Liverpool).

Current PhDs

  1. Batu Kinikoglu (&Neppelenbroek), Virtual property
  2. Magdalena Jozwiak (&Davies), Privacy and Freedom of Speech
  3. Jeffrey Bholasing (&Wisman), Privacy and big data
  4. Hein Scholtens (&Senftleben), Creatief gebruik in het auteursrecht
  5. Joeri Toet (&Gordon/Van der Linden), Cybersecurity
  6. Anthony Ikefuma (&Gijrath), Comparative Regulatory Impact Assessment of Broadband Infrastructure Sharing in the EU and US
  7. Tom Korman (&Zysman),EU and US policy comparison: Managing adverse effects of artificial intelligence on employment
  8. Peter Olsthoorn (&Zwenne/Van der Linden/Van den Hoven van Genderen), Privacy en het zelfbeschikkingsrecht
  9. Diana Pérez Arreola (&Milan/De Hingh), Cybersecurity versus right to privacy and freedom of speech in México



He is involved in the Dutch legal master Internet, IP and ICT (2011-), the English Bachelor Minor Technology, Law, and Ethics (2017-), and the English legal master International Technology Law (2018-). His internet law group offers about 15 courses in Dutch/English on legal (and ethical) aspects of i.a. blockchain (master course as of 2018/19), robots and artificial intelligence (bachelor course as of 2017/18, master 2018/19), e-commerce, data protection, copyright, and cybercrime. As supervisor he was involved with over 100 master theses. With the data protection specialist Thomas van Essen (SOLV academy) he offers a succesful three day GDPR training.

  • Bachelor: Governance and Regulation of Emerging Technologies, Internet Governance, Robot Law and AI, Data analytics and Privacy
  • Master: Actualiteiten internetrecht, E-commerce Law, Blockchain and other disruptive business-tech challenges to the law, Law and Ethics of Robots and AI,  Privacy en security, Cybercrime
  • Postinitieel: GDPR, Elektronisch contracteren, Internetrecht

Ancillary activities

  • Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht | Zutphen | Redactie | 2012-12-01
  • SOLV advocaten | Amsterdam | Of Counsel | 2014-11-01
  • International Review of Law, Computers & Technology | London | editorial board | 2014-11-03
  • Stichting platform open commentaren | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2016-11-08
  • International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution | The Hague | editorial board | 2017-08-01
  • DSCVR.IT - fair distribution platform for creator&consumers | Den Haag/Sydney | Adviseur | 2017-10-16

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 1998 2018

Internet Law

Lodder, A. R., 2018, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. Warf, B. (ed.). Sage, Vol. 2. F-Q, p. 514-522 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

data protection
electronic business

Wendbaar wetgeven

Lokin, M. H. A. F., 2018, 390 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Blockchain my heart

Lodder, A. R., 16 Nov 2017, In : Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht. 2017, 4

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Crowdsourced Online Dispute Resolution

Dimov, D., 27 Jun 2017, 300 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation externalAcademic

Directive 2000/31/EC on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market

Lodder, A. R., 28 Apr 2017, EU regulation of e-commerce: A Commentary. Lodder, A. R. & Murray, A. D. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 15-58 44 p. 2. (Elgar Commentaries)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 1998 2018

Lezing over Fake News

Lodder, A. R. (Speaker)
17 Apr 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Lezingen over Internetrecht

Lodder, A. R. (Speaker)
13 Jun 201714 Jun 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Bijeenkomst over modernisering SV

Lodder, A. R. (Chair)
9 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

European Union and e-commerce regulation

Lodder, A. R. (Chair)
29 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

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Second Life en Kinderporno

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Second Life, MMORPG

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Virtuele werelden

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Zijn stemmachines te vertrouwen

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De dingen die gebeuren

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