Regulatory Sandboxes: Mirage and Reality in Public Law

Project type: Charles University Mini-grant 2023

Flagship: Flagship 3

Project leader at CU: prof. JUDr. Jakub Handrlica, LL.M., Ph.D., DSc. (Faculty of Law)

Participating universities: University of Copenhagen, University of Geneva, University of Milan

Regulatory sandboxes have been designed to test innovative technologies, products, services or approaches, which are not fully compliant with the existing legal and regulatory framework. They are operated for a limited time and in a limited part of a sector or area. Thus, the main purpose of regulatory sandboxes is to learn about the opportunities and risks that a particular innovation carries and to develop the right regulatory environment to accommodate it. Various regulatory sandboxes have spontaneusly emerged in various jurisdictions to support further development technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, smart nuclear reactors, drones etc.

The aim of this project is to address regulatory sandboxes from the viewpoint of various frameworks and governing new technologies and discuss whether the regulatory sandboxes do have the capacity to support further development of technologies. Under the umbrella of the project, short study visits at the partner universities will be realised as well as a hybrid workshop devoted to the question, whether regulatory sandboxes do represent a real opportunity to facility deployment of new technologies, or if they are rather a matter of fashion.