611.26 Readings: Issues in Cryptocurrency Law and Policy

This one-credit readings class will allow students who are interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to learn more about them and the associated legal and policy issues. We will explore the emerging legal landscape around cryptocurrencies, looking at crypto’s use in crime; the application of money transmission laws; the Initial Coin Offering phenomenon and Bitcoin-based investment products; the CFTC’s classification of Bitcoin as a commodity; taxation of cryptocurrencies; governance and accountability challenges for decentralized systems like cryptocurrencies; and other emerging legal issues, such as how to regulate decentralized finance (DeFi) applications. This course will be of interest to students who want to advise fintech/crypto startups or who are otherwise just interested in learning more about the fascinating world of cryptocurrency.

The class will meet in eight 95-minute sessions, weekly starting on August 25 and ending on October 13. One short writing assignment is required to be submitted at the end of the class.

Special Notes:

*Readings: Cryptocurrency

Fall 2021

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Reflective Writing
Class participation
Lee Reiners
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.611.26.F21
Email list: LAW.611.26.F21@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Requirements - LLM-ICL
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice