Blockchain and Smart Contracts – An Introductory Legal Perspective

Course Outline

The aim of this event is to provide an introduction to Blockchain and Smart Contracts and to analyse the impact of these new technologies. The event is intended to introduce basic terminology and its meaning as well as basic concepts to persons who have little knowledge of the technology and its uses. The session is being planned as a workshop style event where speakers give short presentations followed by open discussion.

Who should attend ?

The impact of blockchain and smart contracts, which have also brought about the emergence of crypto-currencies, will be widespread and it will impact many industries, including the legal professions among many others. It will disrupt long standing practices and dis-intermediate many service providers but will have many positive effects relating to security, costs and other efficiencies at the same time. This session is aimed at a wide audience particularly Lawyers, Notaries and other Legal Professionals, and all those interested in legal perspectives relating to these innovations.

Lecturers

Max Ganado, Senior Partner, GANADO Advocates and Steve Tendon,  Director, TameFlow Consulting Ltd. will review the basic terms and concepts to explain what blockchain, bitcoin, distributed ledgers and other features of this innovation are. They will also review some historical perspectives and explain possible uses of blockchain, discussing its possible effects to states, corporations and individuals. How current law will apply to these concepts will also be addressed.

Ian Gauci, Partner, GTG Advocates will introduce smart contracts, their context and their uses and Loui Mercieca, Technical Blockchain Advisor, will address the same issue from a technical perspective. Together they will discuss practical issues, opportunities and limitations which are relevant at this moment in time.

Leonard Bonello, Senior Associate, GANADO Advocates will introduce the area referred to as Fintech and the challenges in this area of business in the context of Malta’s experiences. That will lead into the subject of ICOs and Crypto-currencies.

Abdalla Kablan, is an academic at the University of Malta on computational intelligence, financial engineering, and financial data science. During his PhD studies he researched the cryptographic block algorithms behind bitcoin. Dr Kablan will participate in discussions on the varied topics being addressed in this event and, as the technology and science mentor at Ledger Projects Limited, will make a presentation on LP01 – a blockchain product aimed at property recordation and transactions.

Venue

Phoenicia Hotel, the Mall, Floriana, Valletta FRN1478 (Maryanski Porch)

Date and Time

Tuesday 7th November, 2017 

1430 – 1500hrs  Registration
1500 – 1630hrs  Session – Part I
1630 – 1700hrs  
coffee break
1700 – 1830hrs  
Session – Part II

Participation Fee

€ 40; cheques payable to Institute of Legal Studies Malta.

Registration

To apply kindly use our online registration form.

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