Short Course series

Digi-ConSME develops a series of free courses taught by resident and associated staff members, including qualified professionals. The courses are designed to raise awareness on the European dimension and provide a basic knowledge of the principles surrounding a number of challenges facing SMEs and consumers in the age of digitalisation and technologies.


6 February 2023 9.00 – 12.00 

                                                                             Regulatory Governance: Politics, Policy and Challenges in the golden age of Regulation

Prof. David Levi-Faur

 Chair: Prof. Federico Ferretti


6 March 2023 11.00  14.00

Managing social processes in work groups

Prof.ssa Maria Rita Tagliaventi





18 February 2022 11.00 – 17.00 

Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation

 Prof. Federico Ferretti


 18 March 2022 11:00 – 15:00 

Protecting creativity in the Digital Single Market: from enforcement to regulation

Prof. Maurizio Borghi

 Chair: Prof. Federico Ferretti



20 April 2022 - 14.30 – 18.30

Dispute resolution and enforcement of competition law in cross-border cases in the digital era: legal remedies for consumers and SMEs

Dr. Mihail Danov

Associate Professor in Law – University of Exeter


26 April 2022 - 15 – 18

Non-Fungible Tokens and Trademark Law: Quo Vadis Hermes, Infringement, and Dilution?

Professor Irene Calboli

Chair: Prof. Federico Ferretti


12 May 2022 - 14.30 – 18.30

Digital frauds and consumer protection

Prof. Nicola Soldati

Professore associato di diritto dell’economia – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna


24 May 2022 - 14.30 – 18.30

Competition policy in markets with complementary goods and the “complementarization” of substitute goods: the case of digital goods

Prof. Emanuela Carbonara

Professoressa ordinaria di economica – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna


 5 July 2022 - 10.00 – 12.00

Online platforms before the EU Courts

Prof. Claudia Golino

Professoressa ordinaria di diritto dell’economia – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna


12 December 2022 – 9.30-11.00

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and consumers protection

Prof. Nicola Soldati

Professore associato di Diritto dell’economia – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna

Prof. Maurizio di Rocco



Short Courses Thought Leaders Webinar



15 March 2021, 12 a.m – 14 p.m. CET / 11 a.m. – 13 p.m. GMT

                                            The GDPR and the ASEAN data protection landscape: friends or foes? Commercial implications for SMEs and beyond

Prof. Federico FERRETTI and Mr. Noriswadi ISMAIL 


22 March 2021, 9.00 – 13.00

                                                                                   The Digital Single Market: what does it mean for SMEs and consumers?

Prof.ssa Beatrice Bertarini


 12 April 2021, 15.30 - 19.30

The Ever Given case: Risks, liabilities and compensation. The effects on SMEs as maritime transport users

Prof. Stefano Zunarelli


 18 May 2021, 14.00 - 18.00

SMEs and Digital technologies in EU regulations  

Prof. ssa Maria Alessandra Stefanelli


27 May 2021, 11 a.m. – 15 p.m. CET / 10 a.m. – 14 p.m. GMT

 The Impact of SMEs on The European Economy: Conversational Briefings 

Prof. Robin Jarvis and Dani Saghafi


28 September 2021

Introduction to integrated reporting

Lecture by Carlotta Del Sordo, Università di Bologna, Federica Farneti, Università di Bologna and Beatrice Scappini


26 November, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. CET

  EU Retail Financial Regulation in the Digital Age

 Prof. dr. Olha O. Cherednychenko


7 December, 10 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. CET

  Data protection in the era of AI – the quest for algorithmic accountability 

Prof. Eleni Kosta