Blockchain and smart contracts are technological developments with significant implications for private law transactions in a range of areas. Blockchain or ‘distributed ledger technology’ (DLT) is already being used in the financial services sector and has great potential in a range of areas including land registration systems and global supply chains. These technologies also raise questions concerning data management, data protection, adjudication and dispute settlement.
The ANU Centre for Commercial Law and the ANU Centre for European Studies are hosting a one day conference on recent developments and implications of blockchain technology and smart contracts. Speakers will include academics, policymakers and practitioners. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Sjef van Erp, co-chair of the European Law Institute Project Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts which is aimed at providing policymakers, legislators and legal practitioners with a legislative guide, a toolbox, on how to approach questions in this emerging legal field. The conference will be relevant to those seeking a better understanding of the legal and policy implications of these new technologies.
Speakers and conference program to be announced soon.