Florian Idelberger is currently affiliated with the the European University Institute in Florence as a Phd researcher. He conducted his legal studies in Maastricht (European Law School Program, LL.B) and in Lund (European Business Law, LL.M). His interests started out in European Law more generally and European Competition Law specifically, whereafter his research broadened to include licensing law (especially Software Licensing, Free and Open-Source Licenses) but also other fields of Intellectual Property Law as well as the interface between technology and law more generally and what impact this interface or clash might have, such as with the impact of de-central or somewhat autonomous distributed technical systems.
In his undergraduate thesis he developed an updated view on the concept of a European Cartel Office (ECO) as an independent Competition Agency and in his Masters thesis he analysed and compared the concept of “interoperability” as used in (European) competition law and copyright law respectively, particularly in regard to the impact on Free and Open-Source Software. Apart from research assistance for Prof. Xavier Groussot (Lund) with regard to the principle of Ne bis in idem in EU law and its relation to the ECHR and CFR he participated in a project of the Shuttleworth Foundation before embarking on his Phd project. This project encompassed developing a set of easily accessible Standard Contributor License Agreements for Free and Open-Source projects in conjunction with a team of international Researchers and supporting and clarifying particular issues with original research. („Contributor Agreements“, contributoragreements.org)
Since 2014 he is active in the inspiring environment of the European University Institute, researching the interaction between block-chain technology and the law in general and in particular developing a comprehensive framework to incorporate “Smart Contract” technology into contract law and facilitate the discourse between the existing research and the world of independent software projects.
Furthermore, he is also a member of ifrOSS (Institute for Legal Issues in regard to Free and Open-Source Software)