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The Not-So-Pathetic Dot Theory

Is the dot really that pathetic? The Pathetic Dot Theory Lawrence Lessig famously introduced the Pathetic Dot Theory in 1999; I quote: There are many ways to think about “regulation.” I want to think about it from the perspective of someone who is regulated, or, what is different, constrained. That someone regulated is represented by...
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Blockchain and The Law: A Reading List

Last April, I published a Twitter thread exploring some of my favorites articles dealing with blockchain and the law. I have decided to reproduce the list in the present article. (...)
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Legal Dynamism

Computational Legal Futures is a tri-monthly series exploring the promise of computational law: digital transformation and extended intelligence in the law. The series is authored by Sandy Pentland, MIT Toshiba Professor and Director of MIT Connection Science, and Robert Mahari, JD-Ph.D. Student at Harvard Law School and MIT. (...)
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The AI Act: A Conversation with Axel Voss from the European Parliament

In this 30-minute video, Thibault Schrepel, the Network Law Review’s creator, converses with Axel Voss, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the AI Act. Together, they explore the main lines, approach, philosophy, and ambition of the forthcoming Artificial Intelligence Act. *** In a nutshell, here is what to make of the conversation. We addressed the following...
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LAUNCH: “Blockchain Online Course”

I am thrilled to be presenting you with the Blockchain Online Course (https://blockchainonlinecourse.org) offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. What’s in it? The blockchain online course is first designed to teach you about blockchain functioning and dynamics. We also cover the most important legal issues concerning competition law and economic dynamics to put you on...
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Digital Consumers in European Law & Policy – Highlights #1

Welcome to DigiConsumers, a trimonthly exploration of recent courts and decisions about digital consumers in European law & policy. Authored by Catalina Goanta, an Associate Professor of Law specialized in the field, this series go through the latest and most important developments in the space. Enjoy! **** European consumer law is making a comeback Consumer protection has been embedded in...
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Jonathan M. Barnett and David J. Teece: “Is the West Giving Away the Game?”

Dear readers, I am delighted to present you with this month’s guest article by Jonathan M. Barnett, Torrey H. Webb Professor of Law at the Gould School of Law, University of Southern California, and David J. Teece, Tusher Professor of Global Business in the Institute for Business Innovation, University of California, Berkeley. All the best, Thibault Schrepel...
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A proposal to improve the European AI Act

*** Europe is getting ready to regulate artificial intelligence. The European Commission presented its proposal for regulation in April 2021 and the European Parliament published a first interim report in April 2022. The discussions are ongoing, and the stakes are enormous. There is no doubt that Europe will be the first continent to regulate AI....
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Law + Technology

An excerpt from “Law + Technology” you can download here. *** 1. Hypothesis Instead of the classical “law & technology” approach, this article proposes to adopt a “law + technology” approach to explore the synergies between law and technology. “Law + technology” is based on a simple postulate: technology and law can better increase the...
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What to make of “business models eat law”

Codex Future Law 2022 conference has been fantastic in several respects. The world’s top experts in computational law gathered on the campus of Stanford University for several days to talk about computational contracts, contract elasticity, the metaverse, blockchain-based legal solutions, and more. Larry Lessig sat on a panel moderated by the great Harry Surden, shared...
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Video: “The Future of Blockchain”

I am delighted to publish a 15-video series dedicated to my book, “Blockchain + Antitrust: The Decentralization formula”. You can access all the chapters over here, and all the video transcripts over here. *** Transcript: In this video, I’d like to talk about the blockchain future. Like Yogi Berra once said, prediction is hard, especially when it’s about...
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Video: “How to regulate blockchain”

I am delighted to publish a 15-video series dedicated to my book, “Blockchain + Antitrust: The Decentralization formula”. You can access all the chapters over here, and all the video transcripts over here. *** Transcript: In this video, I’d like to discuss several concrete proposals for regulating blockchain. First, let me emphasize that I do *not* assume that everything...
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An overview of blockchain-related litigation (USA – 2010 to 2021)

In April 2020, I published an article exploring the past decade of blockchain litigation (here). I have some updated numbers to share with you for the period 2010 to 2021 (included). Using WestLaw, I researched “advanced: (blockchain OR bitcoin OR cryptocurrency)” at the state and federal levels and came up with the following results: The amount of...
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Video: “Law + technology (blockchain + antitrust)”

I am delighted to publish a 15-video series dedicated to my book, “Blockchain + Antitrust: The Decentralization formula”. You can access all the chapters over here, and all the video transcripts over here. *** Transcript: In previous videos, I have explained why blockchain and antitrust should be combined. I showed that it creates synergies and ends up beneficiating...
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Video: “Blockchain and merger control”

I am delighted to publish a 15-video series dedicated to my book, “Blockchain + Antitrust: The Decentralization formula”. You can access all the chapters over here, and all the video transcripts over here. *** Transcript: In this video, I’d like to talk about different ways by which blockchain can merge, the challenges that it creates for antitrust law,...
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