Law and the Blockchain: A Crash Course | Innovation Week


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 316, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Free. $30 for lawyers seeking Quebec Bar CLE accreditation

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Stikeman Chair in Tax Law present: Innovation Week 2018 - Putting Innovation in a Box, which will run from February 19 to February 23.

Law and the Blockchain: A Crash Course, with Prof. Allison Christians

Join us for a lunchtime crash-course on blockchain. What are these technologies, how are they used, what regulatory regimes do they touch, and how will they impact the careers of today’s aspiring lawyers? Experts will convene in a high-speed, high-level examination.

  • Max Jarvie is associate in corporate and securities law, McMillan LLP where he is working on blockchain and cryptocurrency issues.
  • Marc Richardson Arnoud is an Associate in tax law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP where he is working on high-technology transactions, including Fintech, Crowdfunding, Initial Coin Offerings and transactions involving cryptocurrencies and tokens.
  • Allison Christians will moderate the discussion. She is the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at the McGill University Faculty of Law.

[Excerpted From Wikipedia] A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography, creating "an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way." Secure by design, blockchains are potentially suitable for the recording of events, medical records, and other records management activities, such as identity management, transaction processing, documenting provenance, food traceability or voting. By using a blockchain, bitcoin was the first digital currency to solve the double spending problem without requiring a trusted administrator and has been the inspiration for many additional applications.

This event has been accredited for 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education for jurists by a recognized provider. Please bring a cheque made out the Faculty of Law, McGill University, if you are seeking CLE hours.

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