eIDAS regulation: anchoring trust in Self-Sovereign Identity systems – Ignacio Alamillo – Webinar 49

Ignacio Alamillo is a lawyer, PhD in eIDAS Regulation, CISA, CISM, and EU Commission legal expert for EBSI eSSIF and the EBSI eIDAS Bridge initiatives. Ignacio will introduce SSI solutions, using the Alastria ID reference model as an illustrative example, taking into account the need for trust management frameworks, and trust anchors. Secondly, he will introduce the eIDAS Regulation, currently the major electronic identification regulation in the European Union, supporting a pan-European identity federation system, and the legal framework for the so-called trust services.

The EU has developed some key proposals arising from the legal assessment of the EBSI ESSIF use case, oriented to extend the eIDAS Regulation to SSI solutions used with public sector bodies relationships and procedures. This results were publicly presented in the 2nd ESSIF Stakeholders Meeting that took place in Brussels mid-January 2020.

The objective of the ESSIF legal assessment is to evaluate the potential legal issues that are horizontal to an SSI solution, including:

  • DIDs: What is the legal nature and ownership of DIDs (asset vs a special kind of pseudonym), how should be DIDs managed in case of minors and incapable persons, if DID may be subject to seizure, when DIDs may be deactivated, what is the legal regime of keys and wallets, etc.
  • VCs: What are the duties and responsibilities of VCs issuers, holders and verifiers. How to model the contractual/non-contractual relations between issuers & verifiers, and set up liability models. We should pay special attention to the legal aspects of the VC lifecycle (issuance, suspension and revocation causes, etc).
  • Alignment of the SSI solution with the eIDAS Regulation: aligning VCs with eIDAS eID rules, but also linking VCs to eSeals or eSignatures.
  • Trust framework: legal input regarding LoAs, governance aspects, conformity, etc.

The use cases include:

  • Using eIDAS identification means (and qualified certificates?) to issue verifiable credentials.
  • Using qualified certificates to support verifiable claims (EBSI eIDAS bridge) and legal evidences with full legal value.
  • Using SSI VCs as an eIDAS identification means.
  • Using blockchain plus SSI as an electronic registered delivery service.

All content represents just the opinion of Ignacio Alamillo, and does not represent any official position from the EU Commission nor any of its officers.



This content is shared with a Creative Commons by Share Alike License. This allows you to reuse the powerpoint slides we are sharing here to build your own SSI communities around the globe. You only need to credit SSIMeetup and the invited guest of the day and share whatever you produce with the same license. Please read the license for full details.

Download the full presentation “eIDAS regulation: anchoring trust in Self-Sovereign Identity systems” from Google Slides.

Interested in collaborating or sharing?

Please get in touch via the contact form or one of the social media channels and we will find something interesting to do together or support you.

Should you join?

Anyone deals with or who wants to deal with Self-Sovereign Identity. This includes: SSI companies, SSI loving organizations, and any SSI evangelist wanting to use community SSI tools or who is otherwise interested in contributing.

Our Principles

How to Help —

Anything to support the cause — please get in touch and we will try to find a way to make it happen as we build the community.


Let’s talk — Start with a Newsletter

Get in touch to help build a global SSI movement — Let’s Talk & Meet