Blockchain and the law

Civil law and civil procedure / Liability

Blockchain and the law

An exploration of the need for regulation (full text only available in Dutch)


Blockchain is a technique from which much is expected and to which many qualities are attributed. Blockchain makes it possible that parties who do not know each other and probably do not trust each other can trade safely with each other. Many traditional intermediaries, so-called trusted third parties would become superfluous. Blockchain thus leads to efficiency gains and cost savings because many functions can be automated. Blockchain would enable new forms of collaboration and blockchain is of value to the internet.
It is a technique that, based on the above expectations, can considerably change existing relationships within society. Values and interests can come under pressure. This raises the question of the acceptability of blockchain in the different forms it can take. This report establishes a framework with which the opportunities and risks associated with the technology can be weighed and that the legislator offers a first tool to assess the suitability of the current legal framework.

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Schellekens, M., Tjong Tjin Tai, E., Kaufmann, W., Schemkes, F., Leenes, R.
Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), WODC
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Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)
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