PhD candidate Blockchain and Law. Amsterdam Law School – Institute for Information Law

 

The Institute for Information Law, officially established in 1989, is one of the largest research centres in the field of information law in the world. The Institute employs over 25 researchers who are active in an entire spectrum of information society related legal areas: intellectual property law, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, Internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues, commercial speech, etcetera.

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Blockchain technology, especially its open, non-permissioned variant was designed to operate without any central legal authority, making its regulation challenging for a regulatory framework that is essentially geared towards centralized actors. The regulatory history of digital networks, such as peer-to-peer file sharing networks suggests that in the long run few technologies are immune to regulation. The effectiveness of a policy response to a quickly developing technology depends on its ability to simultaneously address substantive and technical challenges. The substantial challenge is finding the right balance between an innovation-friendly hands-off approach, and other, more pressing policy priorities, such as combating cybercrime or providing more efficient, transparent, accountable public services. The technical challenge that regulatory authorities (on national, European and international levels) face is how to avoid badly chosen policy tools that result in regulatory stalemates (as is the case with online copyright enforcement), or leave substantial gaps in regulation (as in the case of protecting users’ privacy online).

As a PhD candidate, you will be researching the regulatory issues, and emerging practices around various blockchain applications. 

Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements. You have:

  • an LL.M. or Master’s degree in law, with a focus on European Information Law, Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology law or related fields;
  • a strong understanding of the EU law;
  • familiarity with the fundamentals of at least one, non-European (US, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, etc.) legal system, with substantial blockchain related activity;
  • a strong interest or (preferably) a degree in any of the following disciplines: sociology, economics, political science, computer science, or science and technology studies;
  • experience with blockchain related practice is a plus;

  • experience or interest in multidisciplinary research;

  • an interest in contributing to the relevant policy debates;

  • fluency in English;

  • creative, critical thinking;

  • reliability and autonomy.

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