Blockchain and Procedural Law: Law and Justice in the Age of Disintermediation
Blockchain Technologies at the Domestic and the International Levels

Friday, 17 January 2020

Blockchain has not only garnered attention from individuals and corporations, but also from states. Several states have expressed their intention to use this technology for very diverse applications, such as setting land registries to record land rights or creating national registries for ships. This involvement of states with blockchain technology raises intricate legal issues dealing with sovereignty and applications such as the implementation of blockchain technologies in courts. Blockchain technologies have not only been embraced by states. Several international organizations have put these technologies on their agenda and there is a growing prospect of their use by non-governmental actors.

The third seminar of the event aims at (i) understanding how states may harness the potential of blockchain technologies through the presentation of different case studies (ii) and mapping the first forays of international organizations into these emerging technologies.

Concluding remarks from anthropological and sociological perspectives will close the final seminar.


3rd Seminar: Blockchain, Technologies at the Domestic and the International Levels

10:00 Opening Presentation

Dr Lily Martinet, Dr Edouard Fromageau (MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law)

10:10  States Harnessing the Potential of Blockchain Technologies

Dr Lily Martinet (MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law)
Exercising Digital Sovereignty over the Blockchain

Dr Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva (University of Tartu)
The Rule of Code:  Sovereignty and Autonomy via Mathematics

Ms Tian Lu (Maastricht University))
The Implementation of Blockchain Technologies in Chinese Courts

Prof. Christian Iaione (Luiss Guido Carli University, LabGov.City),Prof. Sofia Ranchordas (University of Groningen) )
Smart Public Contracts: Home for Future-Proofing Law?

12:00 Lunch Break

14:00  International Organisations Embracing the Blockchain

Ms Emmanuelle Ganne (World Trade Organization)
Blockchain and International Trade: From Tech to Regulation – The Need for an International Approach

Dr Edouard Fromageau (MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law)
Uses of Blockchain by International Financial Institutions and their Legal Implications

Dr André Nunes Chaib (Maastricht University)
What Role for the IMF in Regulating Virtual Currencies?

Prof. Nathalie Janson (NEOMA Business School and Sciencs Po)
Private Cryptocurrencies versus Central Bank Digital currencies: The War of Titans?

16:00 Coffe Break

16:30 Concluding Remarks

Prof. Antoine Garapon(Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice), Dr Jean Lassègue (CNRS)

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Conference room, 4th floor
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg

This conference is free of charge.

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