Bitcoin: A Regulatory Nightmare to a Libertarian Dream

Internet Policy Review, 3(2).

12 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2014

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Primavera De Filippi

Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas

Date Written: May 14, 2014


This article provides an overview of national policies and current discussions on the regulation of bitcoin in Europe and beyond. After presenting the potential threat that cryptocurrencies pose to governmental and financial institutions worldwide, it discusses the regulatory challenges and the difficulty for national regulators to come up with a sound regulatory framework, which the author believes explains the current (lack of) regulatory responses in this field. The article concludes that regulation is needed, but that in order not to excessively stifle innovation in this nascent ecosystem, some of these challenges might better be addressed through self-regulation.

Keywords: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, regulation, self-regulation

Suggested Citation

De Filippi, Primavera, Bitcoin: A Regulatory Nightmare to a Libertarian Dream (May 14, 2014). Internet Policy Review, 3(2)., Available at SSRN:

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