1st Edition

Cryptocurrencies and Regulatory Challenge



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ISBN 9781032070353
November 11, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

As a social process that places great stock in its stability and predictability, law does not deal easily or well with change. In a modern world that is in a constant and rapid state of flux, law is being placed under considerable stress in its efforts to fulfill its task as a primary regulator of social and economic behaviour. This challenge is particularly acute in the realm of technology and its profound ramifications for social and economic behaviour. The innovative Techno-Age not only offers fresh ways of handling old problems, but also throws up entirely new problems; traditional ways of thinking about and responding to these old and new problems and their optimal resolution are no longer as tenable as many once thought. One such example is the burgeoning world of cryptocurrencies – this peer-to-peer digital network presents a profound challenge to the status quo of the financial services sector, to the established modes of state-backed fiat currency, and to the regulatory authority and reach of law. Taken together, these related challenges demand the urgent attention of jurists, lawyers and law reformers. It is the future and relevance of legal regulation as much as cryptocurrency that is at stake. This book proposes an approach to regulating cryptocurrency that recognises and retains its innovative and transformative potential, but also identifies and deals with some of its less appealing qualities and implications.

Table of Contents

  1. LAW’S REGULATORY VALUE AND VIRTUE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CRYPTO-WORLD
  2. INTO THE CRYPTO WORLD: PROBLEMATICS, PITFALLS AND PROSPECTS
  3. OF PIGEONS, PROPERTY AND VIRTUALITIES: A TAXONOMIC TEASER
  4. CURRENCY, COMMODITIES AND SECURITIES: SQUARE PEGS AND ROUND HOLES
  5. A SELF-REGULATED WORLD: A POLITICAL EXERCISE
  6. THE REGUALTORY CHALLENGE: TOWARDS A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH
  7. TAKING REGULATION SERIOUSLY: A CRYPTO REGIME OF ITS OWN
  8. AN EFFORT AT CRYPTO-REGULATION: GETTING SMARTER
  9. GETTING WITH THE PROGRAM: GOVERNANCE AND RESPONSIBILITY
  10. PAYING THE PRICE: SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

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Biography

Allan C. Hutchinson is Distinguished Research Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada