Regulating Blockchain: Techno-Social and Legal Challenges - An Introduction

Forthcoming in: Regulating Blockchain. Techno-Social and Legal Challenges, edited by Philipp Hacker, Ioannis Lianos, Georgios Dimitropoulos, and Stefan Eich, Oxford University Press, 2019

39 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2018

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Philipp Hacker

Humboldt University of Berlin; WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Ioannis Lianos

University College London - Faculty of Laws; BRICS Competition Law & Policy Centre - HSE National Research University

Georgios Dimitropoulos

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Stefan Eich

Princeton Society of Fellows

Date Written: September 10, 2018

Abstract

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the main legal and policy implications of blockchain technology. It proceeds in four steps. First, the chapter traces the technical and legal evolution of blockchain applications since the early days of bitcoin, highlighting in particular the political ambitions and tensions that have marked many of these projects from the start. Second, it shows how blockchain applications have created new calculative spaces of financial markets that seek to challenge existing forms of money. Third, it discusses the core points of friction with incumbent legal systems, with a particular focus on the regulability of decentralized systems in general and data protection concerns in particular. Fourth, the chapter provides an outline to the contributions to the volume, which span a wide array of topics at the intersection of blockchain, law, and politics.

Keywords: blockchain, bitcoin, ethereum, regulation, distributed ledger technology, competition law, data protection law, GDPR

Suggested Citation

Hacker, Philipp and Lianos, Ioannis and Dimitropoulos, Georgios and Eich, Stefan, Regulating Blockchain: Techno-Social and Legal Challenges - An Introduction (September 10, 2018). Forthcoming in: Regulating Blockchain. Techno-Social and Legal Challenges, edited by Philipp Hacker, Ioannis Lianos, Georgios Dimitropoulos, and Stefan Eich, Oxford University Press, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3247150

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Ioannis Lianos

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

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Georgios Dimitropoulos

Hamad Bin Khalifa University ( email )

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Stefan Eich

Princeton Society of Fellows ( email )

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