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Blockchain Technology and the Law

Opportunities and Risks, 1st Edition

By Muharem Kianieff

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216 pages

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Blockchain Technology and the Law: Opportunities and Risks is one of the first texts to offer a critical analysis of Blockchain and the legal and economic challenges faced by this new technology. This book will offer those who are unfamiliar with Blockchain an introduction as to how the technology works and will demonstrate how a legal framework that governs it can be used to ensure that it can be successfully deployed.

Discussions included in this book:

- an introduction to smart contracts, and their potential, from a commercial and consumer law perspective, to change the nature of transactions between parties;

- the impact that Blockchain has already had on financial services, and the possible consumer risks and macro-economic issues that may arise in the future;

- the challenges that are facing global securities regulators with the development of Initial Coin Offerings and the ongoing risks that they pose to the investing public;

- the risk of significant privacy breaches due to the online public nature of Blockchain; and

- the future of Blockchain technology.

Of interest to academics, policy-makers, technology developers and legal practitioners, this book will provide a thorough examination of Blockchain technology in relation to the law from a comparative perspective with a focus on the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2 OVERVIEW OF BLOCKCHAIN AND THE TRUST PROBLEM

CHAPTER 3 INTRODUCTION TO BLOCKCHAIN-BASED TRANSACTIONS AND SMART CONTRACTS

CHAPTER 4 BLOCKCHAIN AND CONSUMER PAYMENT MECHANISMS

CHAPTER 5 BLOCKCHAIN GOVERNANCE AND ERROR CORRECTION ISSUES

CHAPTER 6 BLOCKCHAINS, INITIAL COIN OFFERINGS AND THE CHALLENGES FACING SECURITIES REGULATORS IN NORTH AMERICA

CHAPTER 7 THE PRIVACY LAW IMPLICATIONS OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

CHAPTER 8 WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR BLOCKCHAIN?

Index

About the Author

Dr Muharem Kianieff is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Windsor, Canada. Professor Kianieff works in the area of banking law and payment mechanisms. He specialises in Blockchain, financial technologies, payment mechanisms, consumer protection, financial reform and privacy.

About the Series

Contemporary Commercial Law

For academics and practitioners, this series offers cutting edge research titles and practical manuals on the whole spectrum of commercial law, and will be of great use to commercial practitioner across the range of specialisms.

Our first title in this series is Causation in Insurance Contract Law, which will assist practitioners in ascertaining whether a particular loss or damage is covered in an insurance policy or in a tort claim.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW007000
LAW / Banking
LAW014000
LAW / Commercial / General
LAW104000
LAW / Computer & Internet