Blockchain, Transactional Security and the Promise of Automated Law Enforcement: The Withering of Freedom Under Law?

TLI Think! Paper 58/2017

Forthcoming, iRights.Media (ed) 3TH1CS - The reinvention of ethics in the digital age (2017), iRights.Media, Berlin.

King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2017-20

17 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2017 Last revised: 1 May 2017

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Karen Yeung

The University of Birmingham

Date Written: March 8, 2017

Abstract

This short essay reflects on some of the potential implications of automated enforcement via distributed ledger systems (including blockchain) to ensure the security of transactions for 'freedom under law' and the social foundations upon which the rule of law in modern legal orders is grounded.

Keywords: blockchain, distributed ledgers, rule of law, individual liberty, automation, law enforcement, governance

JEL Classification: K20, K40, K42

Suggested Citation

Yeung, Karen, Blockchain, Transactional Security and the Promise of Automated Law Enforcement: The Withering of Freedom Under Law? (March 8, 2017). TLI Think! Paper 58/2017; Forthcoming, iRights.Media (ed) 3TH1CS - The reinvention of ethics in the digital age (2017), iRights.Media, Berlin.; King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2017-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2929266 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2929266

Karen Yeung (Contact Author)

The University of Birmingham ( email )

Law School and School of Computer Science
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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