Legal Recognition of Blockchain Registries and Smart Contracts

Herian, Robert (2018). Legal Recognition of Blockchain Registries and Smart Contracts. EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.



The interrelatedness between computer systems, networks, code, and traditional law and legal frameworks continues to pose a number of important and vexed questions. This report will consider one area of the relationship: legal recognition of distributed ledger technology (DLT) or blockchain applications. Specifically, registers appended to blockchains (thereby creating “blockchain registries”), and “smart contracts” executed on blockchains

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 59481
  • Item Type
  • Other - Research Report
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  • 47 pp.

    This draft report was prepared with the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum as a discussion document for the workshop, “Blockchains & smart contracts legal and regulatory framework”, held in Paris, France, 12th December 2018

    Created as a European Parliament pilot project, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum is being run under the aegis of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Partners include ConsenSys AG (general contractor), the University of Southampton, the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University, University College London, and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.
  • Keywords
  • blockchain; smart contracts; registers
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Law
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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  • © 2018 Robert Herian
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  • Robert Herian