Standardising Blockchain to support Law and Policy for Renewable Energy

Date & time
12–4pm Tuesday 1 October 2019

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, Room 7.4.1, Level 4, ANU College of Law

Professor Volker Skwarek
Dr Philippa Ryan
Standardising Blockchain to support Law and Policy for Renewable Energy

12-1.30pm - Part 1: Seminar presentation

Professor Volker Skwarek and Dr Philippa Ryan are lead authors of international technical standards for blockchain. Professor Skwarek and Dr Ryan will provide a progress update on the development of blockchain standards for legally binding smart contracts.

1.30-2pm - Lunch

2-4pm - Part 2: Workshop

Facilitated by Professor Skwarek, participants will contribute to the development of a smart contract use-case designed for distributed renewable energy, including both solar electricity and renewable gas (biomethane and hydrogen).


  • Professor Volker Skwarek »

    Professor Volker Skwarek is Professor for Embedded Systems and head of the research and transfer centre for digital business processes at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He leads the research group DLT³-Hamburg, focusing on scalable protocols and architectures for security in distributed (IoT-)systems. His previous assignments include management positions in major automotive companies and leading departments for electronics development and research & innovation. His research interests focus on ultra-low-power IoT-systems and their data security using Byzantine- and crash-fault-tolerant protocols. Apart from fundamental research topics on identities and trust in digital systems, software design patterns for legally binding smart contracts, trust transfer between blockchains and distributed ledger systems, Volker convenes the International Standard Organisation Blockchain Technical Committee's Smart Contracts Working Group.

  • Dr Philippa Ryan »

    Dr Philippa Ryan is a barrister and a senior lecturer in the College of Law at ANU, where she is the Director of the ANU LLM program. She is a member of the Treasury Audit Committee and in her role on the Standards Australia blockchain technical committee, she is the lead author of the international standards for smart contracts. Pip is a non-executive director on the board of Australian law firm, Lander & Rogers and she is on the editorial board of Stanford's Journal of Blockchain Law and Policy.

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