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Vol 24 No 9 Sept/Oct 2019

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Legal Tech, Smart Contracts and Blockchain

Edited by: Marcelo Corrales, Mark Fenwick, Helena Haapio

ISBN13: 9789811360855
Published: April 2019
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Singapore
Format: Hardback
Price: £109.99

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There is a broad consensus amongst law firms and in-house legal departments that next generation “Legal Tech” – particularly in the form of Blockchain-based technologies and Smart Contracts – will have a profound impact on the future operations of all legal service providers. Legal Tech startups are already revolutionizing the legal industry by increasing the speed and efficiency of traditional legal services or replacing them altogether with new technologies.

This on-going process of disruption within the legal profession offers significant opportunities for all business. However, it also poses a number of challenges for practitioners, trade associations, technology vendors, and regulators who often struggle to keep up with the technologies, resulting in a widening regulatory “gap.” Many uncertainties remain regarding the scope, direction, and effects of these new technologies and their integration with existing practices and legacy systems. Adding to the challenges is the growing need for easy-to-use contracting solutions, on the one hand, and for protecting the users of such solutions, on the other. To respond to the challenges and to provide better legal communications, systems, and services Legal Tech scholars and practitioners have found allies in the emerging field of Legal Design.

This collection brings together leading scholars and practitioners working on these issues from diverse jurisdictions. The aim is to introduce Blockchain and Smart Contract technologies, and to examine their on-going impact on the legal profession, business and regulators.

Contract Law, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Digital Technologies, Legal Design and the Future of the Legal Profession - Corrales, Marcelo (et al.)
Smart Contract This! An Assessment of the Contractual Landscape and the Herculean Challenges it Currently Presents for “Self-executing” Contracts - Unsworth, Rory
Successful Contracts: Integrating Design and Technology - Barton, Thomas D. (et al.)
Exploding the Fine Print: Designing Visual, Interactive, Consumer-Centric Contracts and Disclosures - Hagan, Margaret
Beyond Digital Inventions—Diffusion of Technology and Organizational Capabilities to Change - Kronblad, Charlotta (et al.)
Contract Automation: Experiences from Dutch Legal Practice - Timmer, Ivar
Legal Automation: AI and Law Revisited - Magnusson Sjöberg, Cecilia
Smart Contracts and Smart Disclosure: Coding a GDPR Compliance Framework - Corrales, Marcelo (et al.)
“When People Just Click”: Addressing the Difficulties of Controller/Processor Agreements Online - Wrigley, Sam
The Lawyer of the Future as “Transaction Engineer”: Digital Technologies and the Disruption of the Legal Profession - Fenwick, Mark (et al.)