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The Second Internet Of Agreements Conference: Blockchains And World Trade

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Digital Catapult Centre

101 Euston Road

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The crypto space is currently booming.

But beyond being a basis for speculation, what real value is there in crypto, and how can the underlying technology of blockchain start being used for real business in the real world?

Join us for The Second Internet of Agreements Conference where our speakers will address the question: can blockchains grow the world economy?

Schedule

09:30 - 11:00 - Coffee

11:00 - 11:15 - Keynote TBC

11:15 - 12:30 - "Law and Global Trade in the Era of Blockchain"

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 - "Mattereum: Automating And Enforcing Decentralised Commercial Law For Business On The Blockchain"

14:30 - 14:45 - Coffee

14:45 - 15:45 - "Blockchain in the Manufacturing Supply Chain - Implications for Trade and the Global Economy"

15:45 - 16:00 - Coffee

16:00 - 17:00 - “The Economic Impact On World Trade Of Smart Ledgers”

17:00 - 17:15 - Closing Remarks

17:15 - 21:00 - After Conference Drinks. TBC

Talks:

"Law and Global Trade in the Era of Blockchain" - With Chris Wray (Mattereum), Clive Freedman (3 Verulam Chambers), Stephen Palley (Anderson Kill), Tju Liang (Chris Chua & Associates), Adam Sanitt (Norton Rose Fulbright)

This panel session will address the automation of commerical agreements and their enforcement in the context of international commerce. The panel will contextualise blockchain technology, reviewing issues in the use of information technology systems historically to facilitate commercial and financial transactions, including for the purposes of investment, and considering how blockchain technology is different.

The panel will also consider the limits of automation, especially in respect of material, as poosoed to purely digital, goods and services; and in this context,the role for human judgment in resolving disputes, for arbitration as a process, and ultimately for judicial enforcement by national courts.


"Mattereum: Automating And Enforcing Decentralised Commercial Law For Business On The Blockchain"- The Mattereum Team

Mattereum is at the forefront of bringing blockchain from a powerful if niche technology to one having a real, even fundamental, impact on the World Economy.

Co-founders Vinay Gupta and Rob Knight will be joined by CLO Chris Wray and CTO Mihai Cimpoesu as they discuss what it is they have been doing with Mattereum and the future of a blockchain technology that truly integrates with international commercial law.


"Blockchain in the Manufacturing Supply Chain - Implications for Trade and the Global Economy"- Jeremy Goodwin, Syncfab

International trade depends on making and enforcing agreements between counterparties in different jurisdictions. How can blockchains and smart contracts support easier creation of commercial agreements and resolution of disputes between businesses around the world? Seamlessly executed smart contracts not only stand to disrupt the existing supply chain industry but also the theoretical foundation of international contract law. Although international trade contract and dispute resolution framework treaties have facilitated the steady growth of international trade and development from GATT to the WTO - we now stand to see a new era of international trade prosperity through the adoption of smart contract blockchain technology. Since the point of decentralized blockchain powered smart contracts is to facilitate seamless conditional agreement based transactions by disintermediating trust brokers for reliable trustless trade hence the global economy and international trade stand to benefit tremendously as MNC compliance departments are onboarded.


“The Economic Impact On World Trade Of Smart Ledgers” - Michael Mainelli, Z-Yen

Smart Ledgers are the ‘next big thing’ in technology. They’re based on a combination of Mutual Distributed Ledgers (MDLs, aka blockchain: multi-organisational databases with a super audit trail, used since 2009 in cryptocurrencies) with embedded programming and sensing, thus permitting semi-intelligent, autonomous transactions. Smart Ledgers are touted as a technology for fair play in a globalised world. There are numerous projects building trade systems using this technology with announcements from governments, shipping firms, large IT firms, and the like.

The Worshipful Company of World Traders, along with the Z/Yen and Long Finance’s Distributed Futures research programme (sponsored by the Cardano Foundation), commissioned a piece of research entitled, “The Economic Impact On World Trade Of Smart Ledgers” from Cebr (Centre for Economics and Business Research) to quantify the potential impact of MDL technology on international trade. The result is an econometric mapping of trade frictions that MDL technology might be able to offset, especially in the realm of non-tariff and bureaucratic barriers to trade. The Master World Trader, Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group will present some preliminary findings. The full report is scheduled for release in March.



The day will also have plenty of down-time scheduled in to allow for networking.

Join us, as we explore the real issues and opportunities of the blockchain, at The Second Internet Of Agreements Conference.

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