Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will host the first annual Works in Progress Program on Blockchains & the Law on January 26, 2018.  The conference will bring together legal scholars to present works in progress related to blockchain technology in order to benefit from the critique of colleagues.

The conference is co-sponsored by Duke University’s Center on Law and Technology and the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, and aims to cover presentations on a range of blockchain-related topics, including, but not limited to, virtual currencies, smart contracts, token sales, securities and derivatives regulation, decentralized organizations, and blockchain-related applications involving the Internet of Things.

The conference is designed to facilitate discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas. Papers presented should only be works in progress that can benefit from substantial commentary and revision. We welcome interdisciplinary contributions, as long as the work addresses legal issues in some way.

Important Dates:

Requests to present should be submitted through the online registration form no later than December 1, 2017. We ask that you provide basic identifying information, along with a name of your project and a brief abstract.  Decisions on requests to present will be made by December 15, 2017. Final abstracts (and, if available, papers) will be due on January 23, 2017.

Requests to Attend: 

We welcome attendance by full-time academics who would like to participate in discussions but do not plan to present their own work. Requests to attend but not to present also should be made through the conference registration form by December 15, 2017.

There is no charge to attend the conference and the host will provide complimentary food and beverages throughout the conference.  Presenters and attendees, however, are expected to pay for transportation and lodging.

Please contact CardozoBlockchainProject@yu.edu with any questions.


Aaron Wright, The Blockchain Project, Cardozo School of Law
Jeff Ward,  Center on Law and Technology, Duke University
Kevin Werbach, Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania