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2022/2023  BA-BJURV2150U  Legal blockchain and web3

English Title
Legal blockchain and web3

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Pedro Telles - Department of Business Humanities and Law
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 11-02-2022

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Learning objectives
  • Developing a deep business knowledge regarding blockchain in a broad context shaped by legal constraints such as governance, contract law, data protection, intellectual property and others
  • Understanding how the law can shape and limit how blockchain projects can be developed
  • Applying critical thinking skills to the ethical dilemmas posed by regulatio
  • Developing strategic solutions for some of the most common legal challenges faced by blockchain projects, extracting value from global connections and applying it to a local setting
Legal Blockchain and Web3:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Students will be assessed by a take home exercise at the end of the course composed of two parts. The first part will be composed of two questions related to the content covered during the semester. The second will be a one page canvas analysis of the legal/strategic issues faced by a specific blockchain project.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course will look into blockchain as a new technology and how it interacts with the law, covering a number of specific blockchain solutions or projects and the legal issues they may face as to define what limitations are imposed by law.


The content will first look into blockchain in general, namely bitcoin and ethereum, before moving on to more specific and applied areas that raise particular legal issues such as smart contracts, distributed autonomous organisations, distributed finance or non-fungible tokens, each contained in weekly modules.


The course will adopt a EU perspective and will be "jurisdiction agnostic" where possible, although in some instances national rules will be relevant as well.


As for delivery the course will adopt a blended learning approach with pre-recorded lectures being released (2x45mins) before a weekly online live practical session (1x45min) to analyse the materials provided. In the final week there will be a live session only (3x45min) for reviewing and exam preparation.

Description of the teaching methods
The course will adopt a recorded lecture and practical approach, with the recorded lecture providing the content that in addition to the readings will be used on the practical. The practical session will require students to both watch the recorded lecture, do the allocated readings and be prepared to discuss their work in groups.

In addition, the last week of the course will all be live without a pre-recorded lecture as to allow for review and exam preparation.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback during the semester will be provided via two mechanisms. First, for each recorded lecture there will be a MCQ questionnaire for students to undertake which will then be reviewed at the beginning of the following practical session. Second, for each week students are expected to tackle a number of questions related to the readings which will then be analysed in the practical sessions.
Student workload
Classes 33 hours
Class preparation 100 hours
Exam preparation 50 hours
Expected literature

As for literature we will be using selected chapters of the following books in addition to papers and non-academic reports:

- Michele Finck, Blockchain Regulation and Governance in Europe, (Cambridge, 2018)


- Oreste Pollicino and Giovanni De Gregorio (eds), Blockchain and Public Law (Edward Elgar, 2021)


- Thibault Schrepel, Blockcahin + Antitrust (Edward Elgar, 2021)


- Jelena Madir, (ed) FinTech Law and Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2021)

Last updated on 11-02-2022