Platforms as Private Governance Systems – The Example of Airbnb

Vibe Garf Ulfbeck, Clement Salung Petersen & Ole Hansen
Online platforms create legal systems that can best be described as private governance systems. By private governance we refer to the fact that a private actor can take on the roles as regulator, implementer and dispute resolution body, thereby mirroring the classical roles of the state and potentially replacing state governance with an alternative, private legal order. As an example, the Airbnb platform (www.airbnb.com) regulates the rights and duties between users of the platform (hosts...