Blockchain for Lawyers

20Sep2021
21Sep2021

From 4:00 pm until 7:15 pm

At Live Online

Fees: €200.00 (subject to 19% VAT)

Organised By: European Institute of Management and Finance, Cyprus



Course Overview

Thirty years ago, the first digital revolution brought us the World Wide Web and the Internet of Information. Today, the second digital revolution – powered by blockchain technology – brings us the Internet of Value. Blockchain, a new, distributed platform, seems to challenge the current position legal professionals have maintained for ages as legal advisors to every important business transaction. Some, refer to the technology as the ultimate “trust machine” that is quickly replacing central authorities, centralised ledgers and intermediaries providing close to real time transactions with transparency and security. Others, focus on the new collaboration opportunities that the technology creates. How does this affect the lawyers’ role? And how does it disrupt the legal industry?

The truth is that, in a blockchain-based future, lawyers will be service providers on a digital infrastructure. Thus, understanding how lawyers and law firms will perceive their impact on business decisions is today’s challenge as blockchain legal consultancy is one of the most popular blockchain jobs of the future.

Blockchain for Lawyers is a highly researched training course that builds on the excellent foundational principles set by blockchain industry leaders and legal practitioners, academics, policy makers and communities over the past decade. This course will cater for lawyers and non-lawyers alike by offering a thorough insight to the emerging, close, and reinforcing relationship between blockchain, law and the legal industry.

Participants will examine the legal, regulatory and compliance issues surrounding crypto assets, blockchain, tokenisation, and smart contracts and will explore blockchain use cases and applications, and the interaction with existing and upcoming frameworks (such as AML/CTF, GDPR, eIDAS, MiCAR).

At the same time, this course invites professionals to a revolutionary way of thinking of the legal profession and industry and discusses how lawyers can reposition themselves as professionals equipped with the knowledge required to provide legal-advisory services to governments and blockchain-based businesses and organizations. Lawyers will attain a glimpse of the countless ways in which they will be called to serve the blockchain industry and its players.

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Training Objectives

By the end of the programme, participants will:

  • understand what Blockchain is, how it functions and its features and characteristics
  • comprehend centralized, decentralized and distributed systems
  • understand blockchain governance and be able to explore the various Consensus Mechanisms
  • understand Smart Contracts and Decentralised Applications (Dapps)
  • differentiate between public and private blockchains, permissioned – permissionless and consortium blockchains
  • explore the law and the regulatory landscape around Blockchain and become familiar with Cyprus’ legal framework
  • understand how Blockchain affects the law, how it disrupts the legal industry and the legal issues of blockchain-enabled platforms and blockchain business models
  • become familiar with Blockchain use cases in the legal industry
  • realize what legal services are needed by clients in the Blockchain Industry
  • understand Tokens and Asset Tokenisation on blockchain
  • become familiar with ICOs and STOs and the Crypto Asset Service Providers (CASPs) registration
  • be able to discuss documentation for blockchain-innovative business models
  • understand lawyers’ opportunities in the Fintech Industry

  • Training Outline
    Introduction to Blockchain
  • Blockchain: Concepts – terminology – definitions
  • Centralized Vs Decentralized Vs Distributed
  • Blockchain: The Bitcoin ledger and the network
  • Bitcoin Blockchain Consensus Mechanism (PoW) and governance
  • Nodes, Miners and Mining
  • How Blockchain functions
  • Blockchain features and characteristics
  • Blockchain Evolution
  • Bitcoin Blockchain: The cryptocurrency 1.0
  • Different types of Blockchains – Protocols
  • Public, private, permissioned, permissionless, consortium
  • Exploring different consensus mechanisms (Proof of Stake, Proof of Authority, etc)
  • Ethereum 2.0
  • Smart Contracts
  • Decentralized Applications (Dapps) 3.0
  • Blockchain Applications in the Industry 4.0
  • Popular Blockchain/DLT Platforms and Cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain, Law and the Regulatory Landscape
  • Blockchain: Technical, social, legal, regulatory and political considerations and challenges
  • Tokenization and tokenized economy: Classification of Token (Fungible, Non- Fungible (NFTs), Security, Utility and Payment)
  • Crypto Asset Services (CASs), Crypto Asset Service Providers (CASPs) and AMLD5
  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Security Token Offerings (STOs)
  • Blockchain and eIDAS
  • Blockchain and GDPR
  • Legal issues of blockchain-enabled platforms
  • Cyprus Blockchain Strategy: Brief review and analysis
  • Blockchain legal framework: The upcoming law
  • Exploring the Fintech Industry
  • Blockchain in the Financial Services (FinTech)
  • Blockchain and AI
  • Introduction to Decentralised Finance (DeFi)
  • Blockchain, Lawyers and the Legal Industry
  • How blockchain transforms the role of lawyers
  • Lawyers as service providers on a digital infrastructure
  • Blockchain Applications for Law Firms and the Legal Industry
  • Providing legal services to clients in the Blockchain industry
  • Reference to blockchain legal documentation
  • Closing remarks and discussion

    Who should attend

    This course is suitable for professionals in the legal industry and/or law students, graduate lawyers, junior lawyers who are in the initial stages of their career and wish to gain a different sphere of the legal profession.

    The course is also ideal for:

  • EU Lawyers
  • Legal Professionals and Legal Advisors
  • Attorneys of the Republic
  • Internal Lawyers (working in any legal department of an organization or government)
  • Graduate Lawyers, Junior Lawyers, Law Students, Law Researchers
  • Law Drafters
  • Legal Technologists, Legal Programmers, Legal Analysts
  • Legal Projects Managers
  • Compliance officers
  • Financial advisors
  • Government Agencies
  • HR Managers
  • Corporate Administrators
  • Executives and senior managers
  • Strategy Managers
  • Technology Strategy Leaders
  • Digital Transformation Heads, Officers and Team Members
  • Innovation Leaders and members of Innovations labs
  • Project Managers and Associate Project Managers
  • Software Developers
  • IT Professionals

  • Industry Expert | Christiana Aristidou

    Christiana Aristidou is an industry expert and thought leader who stands above subject-matter expertise and is an authority in her field. She is a passionate educator educating and training regulators, public authorities, incumbents, private organizations of all sizes, investors and entrepreneurs in Cyprus, the EU and internationally. A pioneer in the field of training course design, development and delivery, Christiana creates comprehensive training courses with innovative subject combinations and unique content, falling mainly in the intersection of Regulation, Business Law and Technology.

    Christiana is a Business Technology Lawyer, CEO of “The Hybrid LawTech Firm”, empowered by Christiana Aristidou LLC, regulated by the Cyprus Bar Association (membership since 1997). She is the Director of SmartCity Business, a company that aims to create smart laws and business models that can be used by smart cities to assess what value they offer citizens by integrating ICT and emerging technologies into their infrastructure and services, enabling the acceleration of change from smart cities to smart societies. She is also a non-executive Director of Rhea Legal Tech, a company that offers AI, machine learning and automation solutions to the legal, regulatory and supervisory industries.

    Christiana is the President of the CBA’s Technology Committee, a National Delegate to the ISO TC/307 Blockchain Committee actively contributing to Working Group 3 drafting standards on Smart Contracts and to Working Group 6 on Blockchain use cases. She is a member of ITU and has served in ITU-FG-DLTs. She is also a Certified International Legal Project Practitioner (IILPM), a member of the PMI Cyprus Chapter, an approved HRD Trainer, the Ambassador of European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) in Cyprus, and a Digital Transformation Specialist. Christiana is a co-founder, and, until recently, the Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Blockchain Association (CBA) which has recently merged with the Cyprus Blockchain Technologies (CBTs). She is currently a board member of CBTs and holds advisory and directorship positions in technology companies. Christiana is a regular speaker at local and international Law and Technology conferences.

    Christiana holds a Bachelor’s in Law from the Kapodistrian University of Athens, three (3) LL.M degrees: 1. in Common Law, 2. International Commercial and Business Law (UEA-UK) and 3. Computers and Telecommunications Law (Queen Mary-UoL). She also holds a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration (Cologne-Germany) and a certificate in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia.


    Training Style

    The programme is designed to deliver theoretical knowledge mainly via a lecture supported by power-point presentations. This lecture aims at delineating the main legal issues that arise at the intersection of blockchain and the law, while providing an in-depth understanding. Participants will also benefit from a Q&A session at the end of the programme, while they will take away the knowledge gained to be transferred to their workplace.

    CPD Recognition

    This programme may be approved for up to 6 CPD units in Blockchain & Law. Eligibility criteria and CPD Units are verified directly by your association, regulator or other bodies which you hold membership.

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