Date: 04Sep 2020 
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Friday)


The digital economy raises many interesting issues in private law. These include how best to characterise the transfer of blockchain securities, and whether cryptoassets can be the subject matter of trusts, a point considered in a landmark decision in Ruscoe v Cryptopia Ltd (in liq) [2020] NZHC 728. There is burgeoning interest in the roles of specific performance and rescission in smart contracts that automatically execute the agreement of the parties. The exciting application of blockchain technology in financial transactions and complex supply chains also accentuates the need for safe and efficient legal frameworks. In this virtual event, commentators from the academy, the profession and the judiciary share their views on these challenging issues.


David Fox holds the Chair of Common Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Kelvin F K Low is Professor of Law at City University of Hong Kong.

Jeannie Paterson is Professor at Melbourne Law School.

Cameron Whittfield is PwC’s AsiaPac head of digital and technology law.

Justice Anselmo Reyes practices as an arbitrator and is an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court since January 2015.