W247.6 sec. 001 - Blockchain for Lawyers (Summer 2020)
Instructor: Brian R. Israel (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote due to COVID
- TuTh 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
From June 11, 2020
To June 25, 2020
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 08/11 11:55 PM
Blockchain technologies--decentralized databases utilizing public-private key cryptography and consensus mechanisms that would not normally be of interest beyond protocol engineering circles--have captured the imagination and attention of entrepreneurs, investors, multinational enterprises, and governments because of their transformative potential. Visions of “banking the unbanked,” enhancing democracy, and enabling new forms of global collective action. Fears of fueling illicit activity such as terrorist financing and money laundering. In these early days of this embryonic technology, much of this potential remains theoretical, most of the use cases experimental, and the application of existing legal and regulatory frameworks largely unsettled.
This course explores the theoretical potential and practical limitations of blockchain technologies, and the evolving legal and regulatory responses to early applications, with a view to distilling the most legally-salient attributes of blockchain technologies for evaluating their opportunities and risks in a range of practice settings.
This course is for credit/no credit.
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