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2023/2024  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
Max. participants 75
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Pedro Telles - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 09-02-2023

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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 regulation
  • 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
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
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
In case the number of re-sits is too low it may be decided to instead do an oral exam as the resit 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 a question 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.


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 some live classes but most content will be delivered in pre-recorded sessions. There will be a live session at the beginning of the semester and another at the end, plus two live exercise classes throughout.


The material covered in the exercise classes will be based on readings and questions set in advance and will be part of the examination.

Description of the teaching methods
The course will adopt a blended learning approach and will composed of some live sessions (around 4, one at the beginning and another in the end with two in between) and pre-recorded content.

The two live sessions throughout the semester will be practical sessions where we will go through the readings and questions set for the content released thus far as well as the MCQ questionnaire (quizzes) set based on the content. These sessions require students to both watch the recorded lecture, do the allocated readings and be prepared to discuss their work in groups.

The final live session of the course will also contain a practical element and the remaining of the time will be for exam preparation.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback during the semester will be provided via two mechanisms.

First, for the recorded content there will be a MCQ questionnaire for students to undertake which will then be reviewed at the following live session.

Second, each module will be included additional reading material and questions for students to attempt on their own time. These will then be reviewed at the following live session.
Student workload
Classes 33 hours
Class preparation 100 hours
Exam preparation 73 hours
Expected literature

As for literature we may be using selected chapters of the following books (all available in our online library 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 09-02-2023