The CAGTR and APCA cordially invite you to attend a Business Links Seminar entitled: 

Blockchain's potential to radically transform law

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

Thursday, 28 February 2019 from 5.45 - 7.15pm 

Victoria University of Wellington, 23 Lambton Quay

Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre 2

The seminar will be followed by light refreshments.

Presentation by Alex Sims

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.