[Osgoode Professional Development NOV 28-29]: Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law

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OSGOODE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Certificate on Blockchains, Smart Contracts & the Law

Interpret and plan for global market change through this educational course developed for lawyers, business leaders, managers and influencers with an interest in blockchain.

The Osgoode Certificate on Blockchains, Smart Contracts & the Law is designed to cohesively integrate relevant information on governance, regulation, policy, law and distributed ledger systems in a way that is tailored to help you to understand the implications on how blockchain works, and its potential impact.

The program is run in two modules, which includes three online primers and the textbook A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts & Blockchain Law. Participants can expect to learn the basics of blockchain use cases, including its importance in intellectual property, smart contracts, and the tax structure of digital assets..

*MODULE 1

November 28-29, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Osgoode Professional Development Centre
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON (map)

*In person and Webcast

 

*MODULE 2

January 20-21, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Osgoode Professional Development Centre
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON (map)

*In person and Webcast

 

The overall course was great [and] all of the speakers gave top-notch advice, were open to answering detailed questions, and covered a gamut of issues I have been grappling with for some time. The opportunity to network with some of Canada’s preeminent experts on this subject was invaluable.” 

Heather Anne Hubbell, Head of Governance, Hubbell Associates Limited, and MD Digital Bonds Salt Exchange

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CHANGE IS HERE.  YOU NEED TO GET PREPARED

The rapid growth and implementation of blockchain technologies has already begun to disrupt and revolutionize the financial system and other industries. Change can present challenges and it can also provide opportunities. The key to unlocking opportunities lies in determining how the legal system can best foster the development of this new business sector by truly understanding the nature of blockchain transactions, the implications of differences in business models, and an appropriate approach to address the numerous legal issues arising from this paradigm shift.

As with many new technology services offerings, there are vital risk-based issues that need to be carefully considered before businesses, particularly heavily-regulated ones, can start to fully realize the full potential of distributed ledger technologies.

Designed for lawyers and executives without a technical background, over the course of this comprehensive, focused and practical program, you will explore the potential of the blockchain industry, as well as the effect of the technology on other industries, to enhance your understanding of blockchain and to arm you with the knowledge and insights you need to incorporate blockchain into your practice and/or business strategy.

You will Learn

In two intensive modules, this one-of-a-kind, focused and practical program has been developed with a sophisticated audience in mind and is presented by a faculty comprised of legal thought leaders to address key elements, including:

  • Understanding blockchains and distributed ledger ecosystems
  • Cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and characterizing blockchain tokens
  • Smart contracts and decentralized applications
  • Competently advising through blockchain innovation
  • Analyzing the nature of blockchain transactions and differences in business models
  • Transforming enterprise business models

Participants can also navigate the more complex legal issues surrounding blockchain, such as blockchain litigation, the challenges of collecting blockchain evidence and seizing cryptocurrency, and trends in blockchain litigation.  The curriculum will also explore issues of money laundering, terrorist financing, and how economic sanctions affect blockchain.

How blockchain can be used as a method of equity financing will also be explored—a hot topic in an industry still in flux. It’s one that both the tech and legal industries are watching closely. Evan Thomas, part of the team representing 3iQ and The Bitcoin Fund is on faculty.  3iQ is the recent high-profile decision in which the Ontario Securities Commission just allowed 3iQ, a Canadian investment manager to offer the world’s first publicly traded bitcoin investment fund. The decision distinguishes decisions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which refused to approve the listing of bitcoin exchange traded funds.

“Very good overall. Broad & deep on blockchain and crypto. Regulation is coming.”

Paul Chipperton, Director, Angel Investors Ontario, and CEO & President, Mperia Therapeutics Inc.

Participants can also engage with both crypto and legal innovation leaders, who are part of the program and often pioneering regulation in the industry. Faculty include Michael Casey, Chief Content Officer at CoinDesk ; Toufi Saliba, CEO Toda.Network former Chair ACM PB CC, Co-authored TODA/IP decentralized p2p internet protocol; Charlene Cieslik, chief anti-money laundering officer and chief privacy officer of Coinsquare, one of Canada’s most high-profile crypto exchanges; Greg Wolfond, founder of SecureKey, which is currently working with Canada’s big five banks to create digital verification based on blockchain; Addison Cameron-Huff, Ethereum’s first lawyer co-founder of Toronto Blockchain Week, and Ethan Buchman, Technical Director, Interchain Foundation, and Chief, CoinCulture Cryptoconsulting, and many others (View 2019-2020 Faculty and Program Advisors).

 

Download the Brochure, Program and Agenda

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Who Should Attend

This program is carefully designed to help lawyers, financial services and business professionals, entrepreneurs, government officials and public administrators better understand the technical underpinnings of blockchain, how it will likely interact with existing legal and financial systems, and the opportunities for innovation in blockchain systems.  The Certificate bridges a wide gap between specialist and generalist knowledge and is ideal for anyone with a keen interest in blockchain technology, including:

• Lawyers

• Business leaders in a managerial, executive or director position

• Professionals in technology, innovation and new product design

• Business leaders, managers and influencers who want insight into and knowledge of blockchain technology and examples of its uses

• Blockchain enthusiasts

• Government officials, public administrators and policy makers

• General counsel and in-house counsel

• Anti-Money Laundering professionals

• Federal and provincial regulators

• Banking and financial services professionals

• Compliance and risk management professionals

• Business owners and entrepreneurs

• Management consultants and technology consultants

• Technologists involved in deploying systems at scale utilizing blockchains and distributed ledger technology

• Anyone aspiring towards a career that will benefit from knowledge of blockchain technology

 

Not ready to complete the full Certificate? Choose to register for: Module One (Nov 28-29, 2019) OR Module Two (Jan 20-21, 2020)


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