CAGTR & APCA Business Links Seminar: "Blockchain’s potential to radically transform law"

Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, have captured the public’s imagination.

CAGTR & APCA Business Links Seminar: "Blockchain’s potential to radically transform law"

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28 February 2019 from 5.45 pm - 7.15 pm 28 Feb 2019 5:45 pm 28 Feb 2019 7:15 pm

At this seminar Associate Professor Alex Sims explains that while cryptocurrencies are interesting, the real impact of Blockchain is the technology it created, blockchain: a combination of technology (distributed computing and cryptography) and economics. Blockchain is just one form of distributed ledger technology (DLT), newer DLT’s make Bitcoin appear primitive. It is hard to downplay the effect that DLT will have on society and in turn the law. This talk will give an overview of blockchain and distributed ledger technology and look briefly at a few of the many areas of law that could be affected including: contract law, company law, insolvency, PPSA, land law, property, trusts, wills, intellectual property, dispute resolution and privacy. DLT also allows the tantalising prospect of code as law.


Alex Sims is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland Business School and is a blockchain researcher and enthusiast. In late 2016 Alex was part of a team awarded a grant by the Law Foundation on the legal regulation of cryptocurrencies in New Zealand. Alex’s legacy research and publication areas are primarily on copyright law, in particular fair dealing and fair use and also consumer law. Alex is a past President of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association and was a board member of Consumer NZ as well as a member of the Governing Council of Telecommunications Dispute Resolution (TDR).  Amongst other things Alex is on the Executive of University of Auckland’s Cyber Security Foundry.

Organised together with the Asian Pacific Copyright Association (APCA).

The seminar will be followed by light refreshments.
Please rsvp your attendance to Vanessa Borg at by latest Monday, 25 February 2019.