• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Music, Immunology and Microbiology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects

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.

Work Integrated Learning

Projects

This course provides students with the opportunity to engage deeply with the technology of blockchain, smart contracts, and AI and explore the practical implications on the legal industry. The focus of this course is on mentor-assisted team-based projects, applying knowledge to the problem of designing specific solutions. The major assessment is a whitepaper addressing the technical and regulatory barriers to an original, innovative, 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.

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

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and have completed LEGM8001/LAWS8101 Blockchain & Legal Innovation I; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LEGM8001/LAWS8101 Blockchain & Legal Innovation I; or Graduate Certificate of New Technologies Law (CNTL) and the Law and have completed LEGM8001/LAWS8101 Blockchain & Legal Innovation I; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and have completed LEGM8001/LAWS8101 Blockchain & Legal Innovation I. 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 code.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Assumed Knowledge

General understanding or interest in blockchain/crypto-currencies

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
8725 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 Online N/A

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