The Open University will be hosting a Breakfast Briefing on The Challenge of Smart Contracts on November 29.
The free to attend event will be held at the Milton Keynes campus from 08:30 – 09:30 (breakfast served from 08:00). Dr Robert Herian will be leading the talk, exploring the challenges that smart contracts pose to businesses.
The aim of this briefing is to explore some of the challenges that smart contracts pose to business as well as law, beginning with what is perhaps the most contentious issue of all: what should we be calling them?
What's in a name? The challenge of smart contracts
When’s a contract not a contract? When it’s a smart contract! I think we can all agree that’s not much of a punchline. But then smart contracts are not really a joke, or rather we shouldn’t treat them as such. Even if we suspend judgement on whether or not smart contracts and the wider blockchain architecture that supports them is “revolutionary” or “disruptive”, the reality is that smart contracts, at least as a concept, are affecting the global contractual landscape by forcing a reappraisal of fundamentals such as: what is a contract, what must a contract do, and who gets to decide?
Speaker Dr Robert Herian is the author of Regulating Blockchain: Critical Perspectives in Law and Technology, Robert looks at regulation of new technologies within socioeconomic, political and legal contexts. His further research interests include intersections between critical legal theory and philosophy, and more traditional jurisprudence, notably property law, equity and trusts. Robert’s work is recognised nationally and internationally via a number of publications and presentations.
The location is the Michael Young Building, The Open University, Walton Hall, MK7 6AA.