IJLT | Asia-Pacific (Online) Panel Discussion on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies [Sept 3, 2021]

The regulation of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, two closely related technological developments, is a one of the pressing issues in technology law and policy. It is a question being examined by practitioners, regulators and academics alike. This panel discussion aims to bring these diverse perspectives to the same table to share and combine their diverse insights, across jurisdictions.

For the uninitiated, a blockchain is a decentralized digital ledger of all transactions, stored across a peer-to-peer network. Using this technology, participants can confirm transactions without a need for a central clearing authority. Applications of this technology include cryptocurrency, smart contracts, voting etc. Cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange, created and stored digitally in blockchain, using encryption to control the creation of monetary units and to verify transfers.  Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin are prominent examples of cryptocurrencies. In India, cryptocurrencies are not legal tender, and their regulation is still under consideration. In 2018, the Reserve Bank of India attempted to ban trading of cryptocurrencies by Indian entities. However, in 2020, the Supreme Court of India, reversed this prohibition and allowed exchanges to function.

This panel discussion largely aims to examine the question of how to regulate cryptocurrencies. The panel shall also examine the scope for cross-border regulatory coordination, analyse the competition law and economics implications and the private law challenges that exist, in treatment of cryptocurrencies.



 Prof. Andrew Godwin

Prof. Godwin serves as Associate Professor, Director of Transactional Law, Director of the Graduate Program in Banking and Finance Law, and Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre, at the Melbourne Law School, Australia


Prof. Tatiana Cutts

Prof. Cutts’s research spans law and technology, private law and legal theory. She has written extensively on blockchain technology and cryptoassets. She received her D.Phil, BCL and LLB from the University of Oxford.

Mr. Anuj Ranjan

Mr Ranjan currently serves as General Manager, Reserve Bank of India.

Mr. Mukul Sharma

Mr. Sharma currently serves as the Joint Director (Economics), Advocacy Division at the
Competition Commission of India.

Prof. Rahul Singh

Prof. Singh is currently Associate Professor of Law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU). He is a member of the Competition Commission of India’a Advisory Committee on Regulation. He graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School and a BA.LLB degree from NLSIU.

Anchor & Moderator: Prof. Tatheer Fatima

Prof. Fatima is Assistant Professor of Law at the School of Law, Mahindra University. She is pursuing her PhD in National Law University, Delhi, in regulation of Cryptocurrencies. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from NLSIU.

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Time – September 3, 2021 12 PM IST

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