• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Legal Practice MLP
  • Areas of interest Law, Computer Science, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Scott Chamberlain
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course allows students to apply the knowledge they have learned in Blockchain & Legal Innovation I to solving systemic legal problems by completely re-imagining how particular relationships or transactions can be automated by fusing traditional legal services with the "Lex Automagica" tech-sytack of blockchain, digital assets, smart contracts and AI. We begin with some initial workshops and a case study. Then the focus is on mentor-assisted team-based projects, applying knowledge from the previous course to the problem of designing specific solutions. The major assessment is a research or whitepaper addressing the technical and regulatory barriers to an original, innovatve, and holistic solution to a systemic legal problem, such as digital identity, bockchain-based real estate, online dispute resolution, international trade, money, finance and securities, government regulation and oversight, or any of the other potential use-cases for blockchain and smart contract technology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Research and critically analyse the technical, legal, and policy issues involved in applying blockchain, digital assets, smart contracts, and AI to automate any given relationship, transaction or regulatory area.
  2. Synthesise and apply legal and technical knowledge to address major technical, legal or regulatory barriers and propose viable, innovative solutions to legal problems.
  3. Plan and conduct a project to research and critically analyse real-world, systemic legal problems and develop solutions to these problems using blockchain, digital assets, smart contracts and AI.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Minor Project: In small teams, describe & present 3 indicative solutions using the "lex automagica" tech-stack. Students are marked on their formal paper, not their presentation. (30) [LO 1,2]
  2. Major Project: In small teams (or individually, by election) describe & present a detailed solution to a systemic legal problem using the lex automagica tech-stack. Students are marked on their formal paper, not their presentation. (70) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

This is a 6-unit course, which is considered to have the equivalent full time student load (EFTSL) of 6/48 = 0.125. The number of hours allocated to an EFTSL of 0.125 is 10 – 12 hours per week. In the first three weeks there will be recorded 1-hour lectures. For the remainder of the course, students will work on their research projects in small teams (or individually if so elected) with mentor assistance.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following programs and have completed LGEM8001 Blockchain & Legal Innovation I: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) Master of Military Law (MMILL) Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

None

Assumed Knowledge

None

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9534 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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