FUTURE WEB3 EXPERTS – SUMMER SCHOOL OF LAW 2024

EUCI is proud to present the first edition of its Future Web3 Experts Summer School of Law, which will take place in Brussels on July 7th and 8th, 2024. It is free of charge for all current law students and early-career legal professionals

The European Crypto Initiative (EUCI) is a Brussels-based advocacy organisation that aims to shape EU regulation to favour open, permissionless, decentralised applications leveraging blockchain technology. EUCI advocates for an innovative EU environment that supports technological development for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and innovative crypto-asset service providers (CASPs). Central to EUCI’s work is its team of seasoned legal professionals with extensive experience in member state-level policymaking and Web3 projects. This rich background equips EUCI to advocate effectively for a regulatory landscape that fosters innovation, security, and the overarching growth of Europe’s digital economy, setting the stage for the EU to become a global blockchain and Web3 innovation hub.

Blockchain technology, the backbone of Web3, represents a paradigm shift in how we understand digital trust and ownership. Unlike traditional centralised systems, blockchain operates on a decentralised network of computers (“nodes”), each contributing to a secure and transparent ledger of transactions. It facilitates the existence of digital assets and tokens, which can represent anything from crypto-assets to tokenised real-world assets. These innovations are not just technical; they’re redefining the very fabric of the internet, moving us towards a more democratic and user-empowered digital world where users have true ownership and control over their digital identities and assets.

The importance of this shift towards Web3 cannot be overstated. As per the World Economic Forum, the evolution into this new phase of the internet is seen as a crucial development, bringing about a significant economic shift. Web3 promises to return control and ownership to the users, ensuring they become the stewards of their own data and digital assets. This shift not only empowers individuals but also lays the groundwork for a more equitable digital ecosystem. PwC further highlights Web3 as a fundamental shift towards a decentralised ecosystem, underscoring its potential to revolutionise business models and enhance relationships. Through the use of blockchain, Web3 introduces new models for ownership, community engagement, and incentives, promising to transform how businesses operate and how people interact online. EUCI’s Future Web3 Experts Summer School of Law strives to provide a comprehensive foundation for understanding this important technology’s legal challenges and opportunities and is designed to equip its participants with insights into the emerging legal frameworks – such as the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) Regulation – shaping the future of finance, technology, and internet itself. 

EUCI’s Future Web3 Experts Summer School of Law is designed for law students and early-career legal professionals who are eager to delve into the dynamic and rapidly evolving intersection of technology, financial services, law, regulation, and blockchain technology. With a mixture of lectures and practically oriented seminars taught by some of the leading practitioners and researchers in the field, this programme provides an exceptional opportunity for those looking to carve out a career in industries where these disciplines converge, such as fintech, digital governance, cybersecurity, and decentralised systems, both within Europe and globally.

AGENDA

Sunday, 7th of July

9.30-10.45 Opening remarks and an introductory lecture: Navigating the EU Legislative Process on Crypto: An In-depth Look at the Latest Regulations and MiCA Fundamentals

EUCI

11.00 – 12.45 Crypto Essentials: Understanding Primitives, Wallets, Smart Contracts, and Transactions from a User’s Perspective 

Jean-Baptiste Dezard

Jean-Baptiste is a seasoned marketer and technologist with over thirty years of experience in the ICT and consulting industries. He has held senior management positions at renowned companies like Sun Microsystems, ILOG, IBM, and Deloitte. His journey in the web3 space began in the early days of Ethereum, The DAO, and Polkadot, contributing significantly to the token economy. 

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30 MiCA Essentials: Understanding Token Classification, Whitepaper Requirements, Legal Issues, and Reverse Solicitation

Anja Von Rosenstiel

Anja von Rosenstiel is a lecturer at BU Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in June 2020. She is a research fellow at the Decentralization Research Center and engages in Q.DAO as root node, DAO Suisse in an advisory role, and meta gov DAO to advance governance issues around decentralisation and corporate law on both sides of the Atlantic in general. 

15.45 – 17.00 Discussions and Wrapping Up Day 1

Monday, 8th of July

9.30-11.00 Blockchain Governance and DAOs: Exploring Decentralized Decision-Making and Organisational Structures

Moshed Manan

Morshed Mannan is a Research Fellow on a five-year ERC Project at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, focusing on blockchain governance under the leadership of Dr. Primavera de Filippi. He previously served as a Max Weber Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year at the same institution. Morshed holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Company Law Department, where he researched the emergence of democratic firms in the platform economy. 

11.15 – 12.30 The Use of Blockchain in Finance

Bernard Nicolay

Bernard Nicolay is an Adjunct Finance Professor at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB) and a Guest Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine-PSL and Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam). His main areas of interest include sustainable finance, innovation in finance, and emerging use cases related to blockchain, web3, and decentralised finance. 

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00 Discussions and Wrapping Up the Summer School. Awarding the winners in the best paper competition

APPLICATIONS

The EUCI Summer School welcomes a diverse cohort of participants, from those with little prior experience in technology and finance law to those already possessing a foundational understanding. We pride ourselves on bringing together a global community of students and legal professionals, all united by a shared passion for understanding the legal intricacies of blockchain technology, the web3 industry, and their implications for society.

We understand the importance of making advanced education accessible to all, especially in a domain as crucial and future-oriented as blockchain technology and web3. Therefore, the EUCI Summer School 2024 will be offered free of charge for all current law students and early-career legal professionals. 

By offering our courses for free to all selected candidates, we aim to remove financial barriers, enabling a broader range of individuals to gain expertise in this area. This opportunity is not only an investment in the professional development of law students but also a significant contribution to the broader legal and technological communities.