• Class Number 3544
  • Term Code 3340
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Cryptoassets and the Law
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Jason Allen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/03/2023
  • Class End Date 19/05/2023
  • Census Date 07/04/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/03/2023
SELT Survey Results

The content of this course may vary from year to year.  Please see Other Information below for details of any special courses currently on offer.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise and apply knowledge and ideas within the chosen special topic
  2. Review case law, legislation and scholarly writing as it pertains to the chosen special topic
  3. Incorporate social, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis of the special topic
  4. Research and synthesise legal materials and other relevant sources to present a cohesive argument that addresses a legal question arising from the special topic
  5. Make original and reflective contributions to debates on theoretical, policy and practical issues relating to the special topic

Research-Led Teaching

Jason Grant Allen is an Associate Professor of Law at SMU Yong Pung How School of Law and Director of the SMU Centre for AI & Data Governance. Jason is an internationally recognised expert on law and emerging technologies. His work has been published in leading journals including the Modern Law Review and specialist journals such as the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy as well as leading handbooks and anthologies. His recent volume (co-edited with Peter Hunn) Smart Legal Contracts: Computable Law in Theory and Practice was published by the Oxford University Press. Other books include Non-Statutory Executive Powers and Judicial Review (Cambridge University Press 2022), the English

translation of Christian von Bar, Foundations of Property Law: Things as Objects of Property Rights (Oxford University Press forthcoming 2023), and an anthology (edited with Gerhard Dannemann) on the monetary lawyer F.A. Mann (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2024). He is currently working on a monograph on money, an edited volume on business law in the Metaverse (with Nydia Remolina). He has authored and contributed to numerous reports on blockchain and digital assets with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and the Asian Business Law Institute, and has provided thought leadership for bodies including the European Parliament, the IMF, UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, the Australian Government Solicitor, major North Atlantic central banks, and a national stock exchange in SE Asia. Jason is a Research Affiliate at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative

Finance, where he co-chairs a working group on Emergent Money Systems under the Cambridge Digital Assets Project, and has taught several hundred regulators on the Centre’s “Fintech and Regulatory Innovation” executive education course. Students will engage in research on cutting-edge topics throughout the course, particularly around property law theory and regulatory theory.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

A reading list will be provided through the Wattle site with links to most materials.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).

Extensions, late submission and penalties: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further information about the course: is available from the course Wattle page. Students are required to access the Wattle site regularly throughout the course for any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 This is a semi-intensive course that will be delivered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 1pm to 5pm from 27 March to 7 April 2023. Please see the schedule below, as the timing for individual live sessions may vary from day to day. Monday 27 March, Topic: Introduction and Welcome ?The Fundamentals of Blockchain
2 Wednesday 29 March, Topic: Module 2: Approaching Cryptoassets
3 Friday 31 March, Module 3: Cryptoassets in Private Law
4 Monday 3 April, Global Perspectives on Cryptoasset Regulation
5 Wednesday 5 April, Module 5: Decentralised Finance and Autonomous Organisations
6 Wednesday 12 April, Student Presentations

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Student Presentation 20 % 12/04/2023 01/05/2023 1,3
Cryptoasset Quiz 20 % 19/04/2023 27/04/2023 1
Token Mapping Exercise 60 % 12/05/2023 02/06/2023 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


For all courses taught in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the program. Students are expected to attend all classes.

If circumstances arise which are beyond a student’s control and they are unable to attend a class, the student should contact the Course Convenor in advance (where possible), so that the convenor can adjust their expectations in relation to numbers for that class. If it is not possible to give advance notice, students should send the convenor an email as soon as possible with evidence to support the reason for failure to attend. 


There are no examinations for this course

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 12/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 01/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Student Presentation

Details of Task: Students should pick one topic from any module of the course and prepare a 15 minute presentation for the class on 12 April 2023. Students should prepare a slide deck to accompany their presentation and submit this via the submission site.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.

Weighting: 20%

Word limit: You will be required to submit your slide deck. Use a maximum of 15 slides. Include references (which may be hyperlinks). For offline sources, use the style required by the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. Please submit a PDF version of your slide deck (whatever application you have used to create the deck).

Due Date: Wednesday 12 April 2023. Due to the nature of the assessment, extensions and late submissions are not permitted.

Estimated return date: 1 May 2023

Assessment criteria: Assessment rubric available on Wattle

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 19/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 27/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1

Cryptoasset Quiz

Details of Task: This quiz covers the breadth of the course and requires you to answer a number of multiple choice questions.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.

Weighting: 20%

Release: 1pm Wednesday 19 April 2023 via WATTLE

Duration: 1 hour

Due Date: 2pm Wednesday 19 April 2023 via WATTLE. If you experience extenuating circumstances and cannot attempt the assessment on the due date and time, you should apply for an extension here. The College will give you one final opportunity to complete the assessment, at the same time one week later. If you have accessed the assessment, you will not be approved an extension and will need to complete the task by the due date. However you can apply for special consideration for your circumstances to be considered.

Estimated return date: 27 April 2023

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 12/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 02/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Token Mapping Exercise

Details of Task: This task will comprise two parts. For the first part, students are required to create a table of 10 cryptoassets of different kinds, with columns including the characteristics thought to be most important to the legal categorisation of the assets chosen. Students must choose how many columns/characteristics to use in this table. In the second part, students are required (i) to explain and discuss their choice of cryptoassets, (ii) describe the methodology they adopted in the table, ie the approach they took to identifying relevant characteristics on the basis of which to differentiate the cryptoassets chosen. Students should refer to (and critically engage with) the Australian Treasury consultation paper on token mapping (https://treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2023-341659). Students may find it helpful to work collaboratively on the table construction/choice of cryptoassets, but students are required to submit an individual submission for assessment.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.

Weighting: 60%

Release: Monday 3 April 2023.

Word limit: 3,600 words. Footnotes should be used for referencing of sources. All references should be in the style required by the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. Your submission must be made in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files will not be accepted. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here.

Due Date: 5pm, Friday 12 May 2023. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated return date: 2 June 2023.

Assessment criteria: Assessment rubric available on Wattle

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). Electronic copies in .pdf file format are not acceptable.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
  • Late submission is not accepted for tests or examinations.
  • Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been granted an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time will be provided in writing. Importantly, any revised due date is inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date will be penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the task per 24-hour period.  

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

All marks and feedback will be provided by the return date listed in the class summary. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Jason Allen

Research Interests

Law and Emerging Technology; Monetary Law; Private Law Theory; Administrative Law

Jason Allen

By Appointment

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