Workshop on "blockchain and sustainable development"

A.A. 2020/2021
3
Crediti massimi
21
Ore totali
SSD
IUS/13
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
Both from a private and a public perspective, distributed ledger technologies in general, and blockchain in particular, can introduce significant opportunities in national and international legal systems, while at the same time posing new and unexplored challenges.
This legal clinic aims to provide the students with the basic tools for the understanding of some of the most important legal questions raised by the advent of blockchain technology. The possible use in both the private and the public sector will then be scrutinized.
The legal clinic will be divided into two parts. In the first one, students will be provided with an understanding of how the technology works. Namely, concepts such as game theory, cryptography, mining, token, proof of work will be dealt with. In the second part, the legal clinic will deal with the main legal issues raised by blockchain technology. Particularly, it is of interest to understand how legislators have to tackle this new technology; it will be questioned whether a neutral technological approach should prevail over the attempt to enact new legal frameworks at both the national and the supranational level.
As regards the method, some classes will be taught following the traditional Socratic approach; some others will require students'active participation. By fostering teamwork, critical analysis and problem-solving, the students will be guided in the study of the most recent legislative provisions, along with some case law.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
The workshop will lead to the following outcomes:
- basic knowledge on how the distributed ledger technology and blockchain work;
- general understanding of the most relevant legal issues stemmed from blockchain application at all level: the national, and the international;
- understanding of the capabilities and limitations of blockchain, enabling students to assess to which legal issue it can be of help;
- ability to critically deal with blockchain from the legal perspective;
- capability to understand the present, and the future application of the technology within both, the private and the public sector.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Periodo
Secondo semestre
THE FOLLOWING VARIATIONS TO THE ORDINARY SYLLABUS WILL APPLY DURING THE CONTINUING COVID EMERGENCY

TEACHING METHODS
Classes will be delivered in distance learning modality. They will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the lessons timetable. All classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform until the end of the semester.

Students will be informed as soon as possible, through the ARIEL website of the Course, if there will be a possibility to attend in person some classes at the University premises. This possibility will depend upon the evolution of the emergency and related safety measures, and the needs and preferences of students. In this case, students willing to attend classes will be required to reserve their seat through the LezioniUnimi app (unimi.it/en Home > study > bachelor-and-master-study > following-your-programme-of-study >. Strict compliance with the COVID protocol (facemask-wearing, social distancing, hands disinfection, etc ) will be required in the classrooms and all the University premises. In any case, all classes will be live-streamed and recorded and will be available on the online platform, in order to meet the needs of those unable or unwilling to attend in person.

The course will alternate and combine lectures and seminar teaching and will be tailored to match the learning necessities of students attending physically and remotely alike. Classes may require prior readings and include pre-recorded components.

To cope with possible connection and/or time zone issues, simultaneous course attendance (i.e. connection on the platform at the scheduled time) will not be mandatory. However, the Course will be based on class interaction. Therefore, students are strongly advised to strive to be able to attend the online classes.

SYLLABUS
The course programme is unchanged. However, the specific contents of classes will adapt to the teaching methods outlined above.

TEACHING RESOURCES
Reference materials for each class will be adjusted to the distance learning modality and uploaded to the Ariel course website.

ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA

Assessment methods will not change, except that oral and written exam may take place by remote through distance learning platforms (Microsoft Teams for oral exams and exam.net for written exams). Instructions will be posted on the ARIEL website of the course.
In case the possibility of exams in persons will be reinstated at the material time, students unable to be physically present will be offered an alternative method from distance.
Programma
Both from a private and a public perspective, distributed ledger technologies in general, and blockchain in particular, can introduce significant opportunities in national and international legal systems, while at the same time posing new and unexplored challenges.
This legal clinic aims to provide the students the basic tools for the understanding of some of the most important legal questions raised by the advent of blockchain technology. The possible use in both the private and the public sector will then be scrutinized.
The legal clinic will be divided into two parts. In the first one, students will be provided with an understanding on how the technology works. Namely, concepts such as game theory, cryptography, mining, token, proof of work will be dealt with. In the second part, the legal clinic will deal with the main legal issues raised by blockchain technology. Particularly, it is of interest to understand how legislators have to tackle this new technology; it will be questioned whether a neutral technological approach should prevail over the attempt to enact new legal frameworks at both the national and the supranational level.
As regard the method, some classes will be taught following the traditional Socratic approach; some other will require students'active participation. By fostering teamwork, critical analysis and problem-solving, the students will be guided in the study of the most recent legislative provisions, along with some case law.

The legal clinic will lead to the following outcomes:
- basic knowledge on how the distributed ledger technology and blockchain work;
- general understanding of the most relevant legal issues stemmed from blockchain application at all level: the national, and the international;
- understanding of the capabilities and limitations of blockchain, enabling students to assess to which legal issue it can be of help;
- ability to critically deal with blockchain from the legal perspective;
- capability to understand the present, and the future application of the technology within both, the private and the public sector.
Prerequisiti
None
Metodi didattici
The course is entirely taught in English.
Class attendance is mandatory.
The didactic combines both traditional-Socratic approach and more interactive method.
Materiale di riferimento
A complete bibliography is available online (ARIEL Platform).
The detailed course program is provided when the course starts.
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
Oral exam
IUS/13 - DIRITTO INTERNAZIONALE - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 21 ore