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Property Implications of the Sharing Economy Workshop

Property Implications of the Sharing Economy Workshop

Co-sponsored by the AALS Property Section and the AALS Commercial and Related Consumer Law Section, this workshop at Penn State Law will bring together an interdisciplinary and transnational group of scholars to explore the many property implications of the sharing economy. The workshop is being co-organized by Dean Hari Osofsky, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs; Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Northeastern University School of Law; and Shelly Kreiczer-Levy, College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel. 

Friday, October 6 Agenda

8:00-8:45 a.m.            Registration and Informal Breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m.            Welcome and Logistics

9:00-10:00 a.m.          Session 1: Identity and Tenancy

Lua K. Yuille, Associate Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Identity Property and the Limits of the Sharing Economy
Discussant: Stephanie SternProfessor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Kellen Zale, Assistant Professor, University of Houston Law Center, The Tenant’s Right to Share (Remote)
Discussant: Rashmi Dyal-ChandProfessor of Law and Research Director, Northeastern University School of Law

Moderator: Hari OsofskyDean, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs

Break

10:15-11:15 a.m.        Session 2: Access over Ownership 

Shelly Kreiczer-Levy, Assistant Professor of Law, College of Law and Business (Isreal), Decoupling Property and Stability: Property Law in the Sharing Economy
Discussant: Donald KochanProfessor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Enguerrand Marique, Researcher, Catholic University of Louvain Faculty of Law, The Sharing Economy: ‘Access Over Ownership’ and ‘Ownership Over Access’ (Remote)
Discussant: Adam Muchmore, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships, Penn State Law

Moderator: Julia LeeAssociate Professor of Law, Penn State Law

11:30-12:30 p.m.        Session 3: Energy Law and the Sharing Economy

Hari Osofsky, Dean, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, Sharing Economy and Energy Transition
Discussant: Jordan ParadiseProfessor of Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

Heather Payne, Assistant Director for the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics (CE3) and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, Sharing Negawatts: Property Law, Electricity Data and Facilitating the Energy Sharing Economy
Discussant: Jeffrey Brownson, Associate Professor, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Moderator: John Infranca, Associate Professor of Law, Suffolk University Boston Law School

12:30-2:00 p.m.           Informal Lunch and Berkey Creamery Visit

2:00-3:00 p.m.             Session 4: Big Data and Data Sharing

Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, The Sharing Economy Coalescence: Smart Cities, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Real Property Governance Regimes
Discussant: Deepa Das Acevedo, Sharswood Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Jordan Paradise, Professor of Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Crowdsourcing Genetic Discoveries
Discussant: Diane KleinProfessor of Law, University of La Verne College of Law (remote)

Moderator: Donald KochanProfessor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

3:15-4:15 p.m.            Session 5: Consumers and the Sharing Economy

Jim Hawkins, George Butler Research Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center, Consumers as Sellers
Discussant: Alexander TraumAssociate, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP

Stacy-Ann Elvy, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School, Commodifying Consumer Data (remote)
Discussant: Pamela FooheyAssociate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Moderator: Johannes Fedderke, Professor of International Affairs, Penn State School of International Affairs

4:30-5:30 p.m.            Session 6: The Sharing Economy and Local Government

Vanessa Perez, Lecturer, Stanford Law School, Privatizing Public Property 
Discussant: Nestor Davidson, Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law; Faculty Director, Urban Law Center, Fordham University School of Law (remote)

John InfrancaAssociate Professor of Law, Suffolk University Boston Law School, The Place of the Sharing Economy
Discussant: Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law (remote)

Moderator: Rashmi Dyal-ChandProfessor of Law and Research Director, Northeastern University School of Law

Date/Time: 
Friday, October 6, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 7, 2017 (All day)
Location: 
Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
Faculty Reference: 

The last several years have seen a major growth in peer-to-peer online exchanges and other collaborative consumption enterprises. Companies such as Airbnb and Uber have disrupted long-established regulated industries. A wide range of smaller companies connect strangers to “share” underutilized resources. In addition, crowdfunding through Kickstarter and other companies has provided a mechanism for individuals to launch ventures that are difficult to fund through traditional methods. These types of companies are only likely to become more important. PricewaterhouseCoopers, for instance, estimates that sharing economy global platform revenues could grow from $15 billion in 2013 to $335 billion by 2025.

The rapid growth of the sharing economy has significant property implications. It changes how people use their own property and interact with the property of others. Property law—among many other types of applicable law, including tax, insurance, zoning, licensing, consumer protection, data privacy, and labor law—both facilitates and constrains these exchanges.

Penn State Law will host the event and provide meals throughout the workshop (including ice cream from the famed Penn State University Berkey Creamery). Participants will be responsible for other expenses, including their own travel and lodging. We have arranged for a hotel block that will allow participants to book at a discounted rate. Delta, American, and United offer direct flights to State College (airport located 15 minutes from conference), and BWI, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg airports are within driving distance.  

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