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The Value This Programme Delivers To You

Introducing the Programme

This Blockchain Executive Education Online Programme brings the world-renowned expertise of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) who have designed this course for government officers, managers, legal professions, accountants and engineers interested in studying the foundations of the rules that govern today’s digital economy with a focus on blockchain technologies.

Today blockchain is not an immature technology anymore. Corporations in finance and beyond successfully completed blockchain pilots; investments reached over $22.5 billion1 and now are constantly rising. In a few years this technology will completely reshape many industries and government activities.

However, the potential of blockchain technologies is still overlooked by most. Educational materials are often superficial or overly-technical making their understanding of how blockchains will impact in the near future a challenge. Today innovation is the main factor to compete on and blockchain is the key.

The Blockchain Rules course is a “deep dive” into the key economic and legal issues related to breakthrough blockchain technologies. In particular, how blockchain technologies work, how they are regulated and how blockchain technologies can be exploited to innovate will be discussed .

How can blockchains be deployed practically alongside other emerging technologies will be also investigated. These technologies will likely impact like the Internet did twenty years ago. An understanding of blockchain technology rules is necessary to be part of the coming blockchain era.

  • This course costs £1500. 50% discounts are available for early bird purchases before 15 June 2020 and for UCL Alumni.
  • If you are interested in purchasing multiple seats, are a UCL Alumni or a partner of the UCL CBT, please get in touch about special pricing.
  • The Value This Programme Delivers To You

    • 01 - Recognise the fundamental rules that govern today’s digital economy
      • The ability to recognise the fundamental rules that govern today’s digital economy (e.g. antitrust law, Internet and data regulation) as they are related to DLT
    • 02 - Leverage blockchain technologies considering legal issues
      • An understanding of how to leverage blockchain technologies in your business or profession considering the legal issues involved.
    • 03 - Recognise the impact that a rule can have in driving today’s digital markets
      • Recognising the impact that a rule can have in driving today’s digital markets and the development of emerging technologies (e.g. blockchain) to be able to evaluate them critically
    • 04 - A greater appreciation of global reg-tech scale
      • Having a greater appreciation of global reg-tech scale in the innovation technology process.
    • 05 - Access to the UCL CBT
      • Access to the UCL CBT and their associates, including the latest research, newsletters and events, both during and after the programme.
    • 06 - UCL Certificate of Participation
      • UCL Certificate of Participation that can be used to evidence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

    What You Will Learn

    This course is designed to provide participants with frameworks for evaluating blockchains through a legal and regulatory perspective.

    Having introduced the main legal issues related to technologies (from the Internet to blockchain), the course proceeds with the key rules that govern the blockchain world (e.g. cryptocurrencies and smart contracts) and the exploitation of these technologies to regulate today’s digital data-driven economy.

    The course consists of nine modules developed in nine online classes (1.45 hours per class). Although this is an online course, the class aims to be highly interactive – demanding active learning, active listening, and the ability to both respond and formulate questions. Guest Speakers from public and private institutions will be involved to deliver their experience with topics covered in class.


    • Session 01

      What are the rules for technology?

      Intro to the key legal concepts and issues (e.g. the telecommunication regulation, antitrust and IP law) concerning technologies: from the Internet to blockchain.
    • Session 02

      The Internet and data regulation

      Blockchain combines existing technologies. An understanding of how the Internet and data are regulated is fundamental to investigate the present and future blockchain regulation.
    • Session 03

      Is code law?

      Crypto-anarchy movement and the foundation of blockchain technologies. Code is Law and Trust the Code
    • Session 04

      Distributed Ledger Technologies

      Intro to Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts—how they work and applications.
    • Session 05

      Bitcoin – Cryptocurrencies and the law

      What is money and the concept underlying a crytocurrency. Intro to legal issues related to cryptocurrencies. Cases, such as Libra, will be analyzed and developed.
    • Session 06

      Blockchain regulation

      What rules for blockchain technologies? An overview of the most recent developments in the blockchain regulation.
    • Session 07

      Smart Contracts

      Analysis of the present and future adoption of smart contracts from a legal and business perspective
    • Session 08

      Government and regulation in blockchain

      Analysis of the present and future adoption of smart contracts from a legal and business perspective
    • Session 09

      The future of blockchain rules

      An exploration of the future global regulation through and for blockchain technologies

    Your Instructors – Global experts who will share their experiences and in-depth subject knowledge of the core elements of the programme

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    Dr. Giovanna Massarotto
    /Expert in antitrust, economic regulation and IP law in the field of information technology
    She is Research Associate of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT), Adjunct Professor for the University of Iowa, and teaches IT Law at H-FARM. She is author of the book “Antitrust Settlements–How a Simple Agreement Can Drive the Economy” and multiple articles on antitrust and regulatory issues related to blockchain, digital markets and software that she presented in several institutions, including University of Oxford, Harvard and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

    Guest Instructors — Global experts who will share their experiences and in-depth subject knowledge of the core elements of the programme will be confirmed soon.

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    Prof. Tomaso Aste
    /Professor of complexity science at UCL Computer Science
    He has substantially contributed to research in financial systems modelling, complex data analytics and machine learning. He is passionate in the investigation of the effect of technologies on society, and currently, focuses on the application of blockchain technologies to domains beyond digital currencies. He is the principal investigator for the largest UK project on blockchain for automatic regulation and compliance. He is Scientific Director of the UCL CBT; Head of the Financial Computing and Analytics Group and Member of the Board of the ESRC LSE-UCL Systemic Risk Centre.
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    Dr Marco Delmastro
    He is an economist at Agcom where he is the Director of the Department of Economics & Statistics. Before (i.e., 2005-2009), he worked in Agcom as the President’s Economic Advisor. Prior to joining Agcom (years 2001-2005), he was Economist at the Italian Competition Authority (Agcm), and case handler of important antitrust cases in the communications sector. He spent two years (1997-1999) at Politecnico di Milano as a Senior Research Fellow and one year (2000) at the University of Pavia as a Lecturer.
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    Dr Chris Pike
    /Expert at the OECD
    He is responsible for the proceedings of Working Party No. 2 of the OECD Competition Committee which focuses on Competition and Regulation. He has authored numerous Background Papers for OECD Roundtables on a variety of competition enforcement and policy topics. Most recently he led the OECD’s work on rethinking the use of traditional antitrust enforcement tools in multi-sided markets, killer acquisitions, digital regulation, market concentration, inequality, labour markets, loyalty rebates, price discrimination, competitive neutrality, blockchain, open API standards, gender, and publicly-funded markets.
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    Mr Michael Catt
    Mr Michael Catt leads Business Development efforts at The Block Research — The leading information services organization in the digital asset industry. Michael is also the founder of the University of Kansas Blockchain Institute.
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    Mr Ginevra Di Berardino
    /Senior Advisor ECN
    Senior Advisor ECN lead and Senior Policy & International Adviser at Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (TBC)
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    Dr Primavera De Filippi
    /Research Associate
    Research Associate UCL CBT and Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (TBC)
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    Prof Claudio Tessone
    /Research Associate
    Research Associate UCL CBT, University of Zurich Blockchain Centre (TBC)

    UCL Certificate of Participation

    By successfully completing this course you can gain a Certificate of Participation that can be used to evidence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. This will be from University College London and University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies.

    Price £ 1500.00
    When 30 June 2020 – 28 July 2020
    WHERE Online
    LENGTH 9 Evening Sessions
    Over 5 Weeks
    PROMO CODE CykubeDiscount
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