247.6S sec. 001 - Blockchain for Lawyers (Summer 2018)
Instructor: Max Fang (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Blockchains are like digital analogues of real world legal systems - domains where agreements are written in a programming language instead of English. This course will introduce blockchain technology and its implications from the lens of how smart contracts, like legal contracts, allow mutually distrusting parties to transact and even cooperate with one another across a wide variety of trust models. Blockchain for Lawyers is precise, anti-hype, and pragmatic. The course will develop a clear, analytically-oriented mental model of blockchain technology, delineate the tradeoffs between centralized / decentralized systems to characterize when a blockchain is necessary, and present techniques for use case analysis, critique, and formulation.
This course is for credit/no credit. Attendance is mandatory.
This class is only open to 2S and hybrid students.
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