DIGITAL ASSETS project

The 2024 Digital Assets Project will host its Annual Conference, both online and in-person at Harris Manchester College (Oxford), on Friday 28th June 2024 at 9:15am-5pm BST (GMT+1) / 5:15pm-1am HKT (GMT+8). This session is aimed to provide attendees an update on current legal scholarship on digital assets, as well as an opportunity to touch base and discuss recent global developments in the space.

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DAP Annual Conference 2023, 28th June 2024

Chatham House Rule:

Please note that this is an academic conference and, as such, the discussions following the presentations will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule, namely that ‘participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.’ It is hoped that this will mean that everyone feels free to air views which are not necessarily fully developed, and ideas in various stages of formulation can be discussed, as well as those which have been considered more fully.

AGENDA

All times are BST (GMT+1) (UK local time)

9.15AM

Registration and coffee for in person participants / Conference log-in for online participants

9.45AM

Introduction
Louise Gullifer (University of Cambridge) and Jennifer Payne (University of Oxford)

10.00AM

Stablecoin Regulation
Urszula McCormack (King & Wood Mallesons)
Commentator: Simon Gleeson (University of Oxford and Clifford Chance)

11.00AM

Break

11.15AM

Digital Assets and Private International Law
Alex Mills (UCL)
Commentator: Andrew Dickinson (University of Oxford)

12.15PM

MiCAR
Matthias Lehmann (University of Vienna and Radboud University Nijmegen)
Commentator: Ferdisha Snagg (Cleary Gottlieb)

1.15PM

Lunch for in person participants

2.00PM

Digital Assets, Blockchain and Relativity of Title
Duncan Sheehan (University of Leeds)
Commentator: Sarah Green (Law Commission E&W)

3.00PM

Break

3.15PM

DAOs
Eva Micheler (LSE) and Kevin Werbach (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
Commentator: Matthew Kimber (Matter Labs)

4.15PM

Concluding remarks
Louise Gullifer (University of Cambridge) and Jennifer Payne (University of Oxford)

4.30PM

Tea and informal discussion for in person participants / End of conference for online participants.

Articles by Digital Asset Project Members

2019

Global Cryptoassets Regulatory Landscape Study
(2019 Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance), A Blandin, S Cloots, H Hussain, M Rauchs, R Saleuddin, J Allen, B Zhang and K Cloud

Property in Digital Coins (2019 European Property Law Journal, 8(1), pp. 64-101), J Allen

Negotiability in digital environments (Butterworths journal of international banking and financial law, July/August 2019 pp. 459 - 463), J Allen

Distributed ledger technology and digital assets - policy and regulatory challenges in Asia, Douglas W. Arner, Ross P. Buckley, Anton Didenko, Cyn-Young Park, Emilija Pashoska, Dirk A. Zetzsche And Bo Zhao

Regulatory Technology - Eight Policy Recommendations (LSE Law - Policy Briefing Paper No. 37, July 22, 2019), E Micheler and J Jiang

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Past events

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About Commercial Law Centre

The aim of the Centre is to provide an environment for high quality research in all aspects of national, international, transnational, and comparative law, relating to commerce and finance, with scope for particular attention to be paid to emerging markets. The Centre supports interdisciplinary research in these fields, and seeks to provide an opportunity for interaction between academics, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world.  The Centre aims to nurture and encourage the researchers of the future in this important area of legal scholarship.

Dr Kristin van Zwieten is the director of the Centre.

The Commercial Law Centre welcomes visiting researchers, and has programmes for visiting academics and junior academics.  Further information about the visiting researcher programmes may be found here.

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Previous Conferences and Meetings

2019 DAP Annual Conference (26 June 2019)

Presentations

Cloud Crypto Land, Edmund Schuster

The New Intermediation: Digital Assets, Henry Chong and Charles W. Mooney, Jr

The Legal Nature of Securities Held on a Blockchain, Hin Liu

Insolvency of Crypto-Custodians and Implications for Crypto-Investors, Matthias Haentjens, Tycho de Graff and Ilya Kokorin

2020 DAP Catch-up Meeting (10 January 2020)

Recordings

Report on UK Task Force Legal Statement on Crypto-Assets and Smart Contracts , D Quest

Report on Possible Scottish Consultation on the Private Law Aspects of Digital Assets , D Fox

Update on European Commission’s Expert Group on Fintech Regulation (ROFIEG) Meeting on 13 December and Recommendations in Relation to Crypto-Assets , P Paech

Update on the European Commission Consultation on Crypto-Assets , E Noble

Brief Update on UNIDROIT:UNCITRAL Possible Work on Digital Assets , C di Nicola

Swiss Draft Blockchain Act , J Bacharach

2020 DAP Annual Conference (25 June 2020)

Presentations

Legal and Regulatory Considerations When Designing a Digital Asset Platform, Jason G. Allen & Apolline Blandin

Investor-Intermediary Relationships for Digital Assets, Henry Chong, L. Gullifer, Hin Liu

Segregation of Cryptoassets in Insolvency Proceedings, Jeremy Bacharach, Corinne Zellweger-Gutnecht

Segregation of Cryptoassets in Insolvency Proceedings, Jeremy Bacharach, Corinne Zellweger-Gutknecht (Brief Comments)

Recordings

Legal and Regulatory Considerations in Designing a Digital Asset Platform , JG Allen, A Blandin

Digital Assets and Registry in Civil Law Jurisdiction , T Rodriguez

Investor-Intermediary Relationship for Digital Assets , Henry Chong, L. Gullifer, Hin Liu

Segregation of Cryptoassets in Insolvency Proceedings , J Bacarach, C Zellweger-Gutknecht

2021 DAP Catch-up Meeting (8 January 2021)

White Papers

Private International Law Aspects of Derivatives using DLT, Ciaran McGonagle, Dr Peter Werner

The UNIDROIT Project on Digital Assets, H Kanda

Recordings

Law Commission Project on Digital Assets , S Green

White Papers on Legal Issues Associated with Using Smart Derivative Contracts on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) , P Werner

CPMI Work on the Private Law Aspects of Digital Currencies , K Lober

The UNIDROIT Project on Digital Assets , H Kanda

Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies and World Bank’s Initiatives on Integrating Digital Assets and Distributed Ledgers in Credit Ecosystem , M Dubovec and G Castellano

2021 DAP Annual Conference (29 June 2021)

Presentations

Virtual Asset Sector Regulation, U McCormack

Legal and Regulatory Considerations Around CBDCs, S Gleeson

Commercial Law and Central Bank Digital Currencies, Dr Jo Braithwaite

Acquisition of Title in Digital Assets, L Gullifer and H Liu

The Law Commission’s Work on Digital Assets, S Green

Recordings

Virtual Asset Sector Regulation , U McCormack & G Castellano

Legal and Regulatory Considerations Around CBDCs & Commercial Law and CBDCs , S Gleeson & J Braithwaite

Acquisition of Title in Digital Assets, L Gullifer, H. Lin, M Haentjens & C Mooney; The Law Commission’s Work on Digital Assets , S Green & D Fox

2022 DAP Catch-up Meeting (7 January 2022)

Presentations

Japanese Law on Cryptoassets, H Kanda

UNIDROIT Project on the Private Law of Digital Assets, L Gullifer

A Project on Digital Property and Finance in Europe, H Marjosola

Recordings

Japanese Law on Cryptoassets, H Kanda

UNIDROIT Project on the Private Law of Digital Assets, L Gullifer

Commission Project on Digital Assets, S Green & M Kimber

Project on Digital Property and Finance in Europe, H Marjosola

2022 DAP Annual Conference (29 June 2022)

Presentations

Code is Not Law: Regulating Hacks, Exploits and Security Issues with Smart Contracts and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations, Associate Professor Hannah Yee-Fen Lim

Discussion of "Code is Not Law: Regulating Hacks, Exploits and Security Issues with Smart Contracts and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations", Professor Edmund Schuster

Digital Assets: Climate Killers or Savers?, Michel Rauchs

Regulating ICOs, Professor Iris Chiu

Recordings

New Wine in Old Wineskins: Adapting the Law for the New Digital Economy, The Honourable Justice Philip Jeyaretnam

Code is Not Law: Regulating Hacks, Exploits and Security Issues with Smart Contracts and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations, Associate Professor Hannah Yee-Fen Lim

Discussion of "Code is Not Law: Regulating Hacks, Exploits and Security Issues with Smart Contracts and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations", Professor Edmund Schuster

Digital Assets: Climate Killers or Savers?, Michel Rauchs

Regulating ICOs, Professor Iris Chiu