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[Lecture Series HS20] The Limits of Smart Contracts


Dr. Jens Frankenreiter,  Columbia Law School


According to some observers, smart contracts based on blockchain technology have the potential to (partly) replace the legal system as an infrastructure for transactions. This lecture addresses some of the limits of smart contract technology. These limits arguably make it unlikely that smart contracts will render (contract) law irrelevant, even if transactions are entirely structured by way of smart contract. The lecture will also report preliminary results from a large-scale empirical study investigating the landscape of smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain.


Tuesday, 15th. Dec. 2020


Online Lecture

Via Zoom


Dr. Jens Frankenreiter

Jens Frankenreiter is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Empirical Law and Economics at the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. Jens’s research and teaching focus on business law, in particular corporate and contract law, and the functioning of legal institutions.


Time Speaker Event Title Presentations
18:00 -18:05Prof. Dr Claudio TessoneWelcome & Introduction
18:05 -19:00Dr. Jens FrankenreiterThe Limits of Smart ContractsDownload
19:00 -19:30Q&A
19:30 -20:00End (Apéro)


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