Legal regulations of the blockchain technology and digital currencies in the world

25 May 2017, Warsaw-Poland Learn MoreSign Up

Why Poland?

One of the fastest growing technologies in the world are digital currencies (including cryptocurrencies) and the distributed-ledger technology (incl. blockchain). Due to the brilliant programmers and very well-developed, innovative retail banking sector, one of the most developed cryptocurrency markets in the world has flourished in Poland. Polish zloty is one of the most frequently used currency at bitcoin exchanges in the world…

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The Polish government is taking active steps to promote such new technologies. This is reflected in a group of “Blockchain and cryptocurrencies” experts established by the Ministry for Digital Affairs in July 2016. It includes scientists, startupers, lawyers, as well as large IT companies (e.g. IBM and Microsoft), advisory corporations (e.g. EY) and public administration representatives (e.g. Ministry for Finance). It was an initiative of the Minister Anna Streżyńska.

The group has completed the review of overall Polish legal system looking for any barriers for development of blockchain and digital money, etc. It is also working actively on projects of legal amendments that foster their development.

Why Lazarski?

Lazarski University, established in 1993, ranks among best Polish non-public universities. It ranked first in Poland in 2015 edition of U-Multirank – a global ranking funded by the European Commission of over 1300 universities worldwide. It has received “A” grades in 11 categories – more than any other Polish university.

Lazarski’s Faculty of Law and Administration is among a few best Polish faculties of law and the best at non-public Polish universities.

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During its short history, it promoted about 50 PhDs and recently received the rights to grant ‘habilitation’ degree. The Faculty teaches various legal systems (e.g. the schools of German, Russian, French and American laws). It organises over 20 international conferences annually.

The Lazarski’s Blockchain Technology Centre, established very recently in December 2016, is the second one of its kind in Europe (after UCL). Its director leads the group on “Blockchain and Cryptocurrency” under the supervision of the Ministry and is a former scholar of UCL (London) and NUS (Singapore).

The goals of the conference

The goal of the conference is to discuss recent changes in different legal systems of EU member states, in particular, on the blockchain technology and digital money. We plan to raise some important questions on legal regulations, definitions of new terms, digital crime and prevention, cybersecurity, etc. We would like to present the achievements of Polish legal thinkers on the subject of the conference. Having that in mind, we would like to challenge the plans of changes in regulations in EU-wide legal system.

Thematic range

The thematic range will be focused but not limited to the following

1. Review of legal systems of different countries from the point of view of the challenges introduced with the growing impact of the blockchain technology and digital money, including
  • cybersecurity (incl. personal data protection),
  • taxation issues (incl. PIT/CIT, accounting),
  • new ways of financing (equity crowdfunding, initial coin offerings),
  • new forms of contracts (smart contracts, DAOs).
2. Definitions of the new terms introduced to legal systems
  • digital vs. electronic money, cryptocurrencies, virtual currencies,
  • distributed legders, blockchains,
  • blockchain-based money, digital / native tokens, etc.
3. Financial regulatory challenges introduced by growing fin-tech sector
  • financial regulators and regulatory sandboxes,
  • KYC/AML procedures challenged by cryptocurrencies,
  • protection of consumers and collapses of cryptocurrency exchanges.

Programme Board:

dr Mieczysław Błoński

dr Mieczysław Błoński

Lazarski University (Dean of the Law and Administration Faculty)

Prof. Krzysztof Piech

Prof. Krzysztof Piech

Lazarski University (Blockchain Technology Center)

Konrad Zacharzewski, PhD

Konrad Zacharzewski, PhD

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Law and Administration Faculty)

Prof. Włodzimierz Szpringer

Prof. Włodzimierz Szpringer

Warsaw School of Economics

Organisation Committee:

Justyna Matuszak-Leśny, LL.M. (coordinator)

Justyna Matuszak-Leśny, LL.M. (coordinator)

Lazarski University, e/s/b Rechtsanwälte

Jacek Czarnecki

Jacek Czarnecki

Wardyński & Partners (Warsaw), Warsaw School of Economics

Ewa Fabian, Advocate

Ewa Fabian, Advocate

Warsaw University of Technology

Agnieszka Przedpełska

Agnieszka Przedpełska

e/s/b Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni

dr Łukasz Konopielko

dr Łukasz Konopielko

Lazarski University (vice-dean of Economics and Management Faculty)

Agnieszka Fabianowicz

Agnieszka Fabianowicz

Lazarski University

Schedule:

15 May – submission of papers and/or presentations

25 May – End of registration

25 May – the conference

List of speakers and papers:

Speaker

Topic

Bio

Prof. Krzysztof Piech

Prof. Krzysztof Piech

Self-regulation process of cryptocurrency exchanges – unique Polish experiences
Director of the Blockchain Technology Center and professor at the Department of International Economic Relations at Lazarski University. Business leader of the expert group “Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies” advising to the Ministry of Digital Affairs. Member of Polish Bitcoin Association. Coordinator of the Polish Blockchain Technology Accelerator.
dr Wojciech Wiewiórowski

dr Wojciech Wiewiórowski

Blockchain – challenges and hopes for protection of personal data in Europe

Wojciech Wiewiórowski was born on June 13th 1971. In 1995 he graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk, and in 2000 he was awarded the academic degree of Doctor in constitutional law.
After graduation he was editor and then publisher in legal publishing houses. In 2002 he began to work as lecturer at Gdańsk College of Administration, and since 2003 he was assistant professor and head of Legal IT Department at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk, with which he has been associated since 1995.
Since 2006 he has been working for public administration. He was among others adviser in the field of e-government and information society for the Minister of Interior and Administration, as well as Vice-president of the Regulatory Commission of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In 2008 he took over the post of the Director of the Informatisation Department at the Ministry of Interior and Administration. He also represented Poland in committee on Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (the ISA Committee) assisting the European Commission. He was also the member of the Archives Council to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a member of the Polish Association for European Law.
In 2010 he was elected by Polish Parliament for the post of the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data (Polish Data Protection Commissioner) which he served by November 2014 being reelected for the second term in 2014.
Vice Chairman of the Working Party Art. 29 since February till November 2014.
The author of numerous studies, publications and lectures in the field of personal data protection, IT law, e-government and legal informatics. His areas of scientific activity include first of all Polish and European IT law, processing and security of information, legal information retrieval systems, informatisation of public administration, electronic signature and application of semantic web and legal ontologies in legal information processing.

Jacek Czarnecki

Jacek Czarnecki

Regulation of digital currencies and the blockchain technology in the European Union

Legal aspects of smart contracts and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations

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Jacek Czarnecki is a technology lawyer. His main focus is on breakthrough technologies such as blockchain. He graduated from University of Warsaw and University of Oxford and now is a PhD candidate at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Ewa Fabian, Advocate

Ewa Fabian, Advocate

Blockchain for the music industry

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Advocate at the Warsaw Bar of Advocates, alumna of the SCC Arbitration Institute in Stockholm and international law firms, Rising Star (by Gazeta Prawna) in 2015, graduate of the Warsaw University.
Marcelina Szwed, Advocate

Marcelina Szwed, Advocate

VAT treatment of cryptocurrency transactions – Polish and EU perspective

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Advocate and licensed tax advisor at DLA Piper. She specialises in tax advisory for entities operating in IT, FinTech, GameDev and technology sectors. Marcelina Szwed is a member of the working group “Blockchain and the cryptocurrencies” supporting Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs and her works focus on the tax aspects of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
Konrad Stolarski, PhD, Legal counsel

Konrad Stolarski, PhD, Legal counsel

AML and the world of virtual currencies. The crack in the door to regulatory supervision in the EU?

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Dr. Konrad Stolarski is an attorney at law, doctor of laws and graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University. He is an associate and lecturer at the Chair of European Law of the Jagiellonian University, scholar at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, member of the Polish Association of European Law and winner of Polish and International legal competitions and awards. Legal expert of the Polish Organization of non-bank Payment Institutions (PONIP). His specialist practice focus are EU law, competition law, new technologies law and regulation of financial markets, as well as matters concerning money laundering and terrorist financing.
Prof. Kinga Flaga – Gieruszyńska

Prof. Kinga Flaga – Gieruszyńska

Judicial execution of virtual currency – selected issues

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dr hab. Kinga Flaga-Gieruszyńska prof. US – Head of the Department of Civil Procedure of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Szczecin, legal advisor, member of the Scientific Council of the Scientific and Training Centre at the National Council of Bailiffs, President of the Presidium of the Court of Arbitration of West Pomerania in Szczecin, arbitrator of other permanent arbitration courts. Deals with issues related to civil proceedings, including enforcement proceedings, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, informatization of system of justice, and alternative dispute resolution.
Prof. Włodzimierz Szpringer

Prof. Włodzimierz Szpringer

FinTech and banking – competition or cooperation?

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Full Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics (College of Business Administration) and at the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Management). Chairholder (Chair of Public Economic Law at the WSE). Lecturer and expert in banking and banking law, competition policy and law, legal and economic issues in e-business, IPR and technology law, Law&Economics and regulatory impact assessment.
Anton Bubiel

Anton Bubiel

Legal regulations on cryptocurrencies in Poland – the practice of merchants accepting bitcoin.

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Anton Bubiel is a PhD candidate at the Warsaw School of Economics focused on theoretical aspects of cryptocurrencies as a new form of money as well as practical aspects of thier acceptance by entrepreneurs. He is also a business process auditor and a risk assurance consultant working for the private sector.
Prof. Witold Srokosz

Prof. Witold Srokosz

Selected issues of financial supervision over blockchain-based activity

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Professor at University of Wroclaw in Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics, Chair of Finan-cial Law. A legal counsel in Wroclaw. He specializes in financial market law and bank law. Author of over a hundred publications about Polish and EU financial market law and banking law (including monographs “Banking operations reserved for banks”, Bydgoszcz – Wrocław 2003, “Non-banks in Poland”, Warsaw 2011; “Cryptocurrencies as electronic means of payment without the issuer. Computer science, economic, and legal aspects”, Wrocław 2016 (co-authors S. Bala, T. Kopyścieński), articles in journals, chapters in monographs, and over sixty problematic comments in “Lex for banks “). Member of the Editorial Board of the “Banking Law Monitor” (“Monitor Prawa Bankowego”).
Konrad Zacharzewski, PhD

Konrad Zacharzewski, PhD

Cryptocurrency law as the branch of legal science

Konrad Zacharzewski, dr. hab., advocate in Konrad Zacharzewski Law Office in Toruń. He specialises in contract law, capital market law, securities law and banking law. He is supporting financial institution (investment fund companies, brokerage house) and specialised law offices. Dr hab. Konrad Zacharzewski is also an expert witness.
Justyna Matuszak-Leśny, LL.M., Legal adviser

Justyna Matuszak-Leśny, LL.M., Legal adviser

How might blockchain technology revolutionize the legal industry – sellected issues

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Partner at esb Rechtsanwälte Emmert Bücking Speichert Matuszak-Lesny Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mit beschränkter Berufshaftung. Owner at esb Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni. Member of the Blockchain Technology Center. Legal adviser at the District Chamber of Legal Advisers. Her specialist practice focus are IT – law, personal data protection law, copyright law, civil law, e-commerce and law of intellectual property rights. Board Member of Polish Artist in the World (Foundation) and also Adviser of Verband Organisations- und Informationssysteme e.V.
Paweł Opitek, PhD

Paweł Opitek, PhD

Crime with the use of cryptocurrencies – the nature of the illegal procedures, methods employed by the offenders, case analysis and chasing the offenders.

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Doctor of Juristic Science and journalism studies graduate. Following his profession of a prosecutor and his scientific interests, his main focus is on criminal law and cybercurrency crimes. Expert of the Kosciuszko Institute and member of Polish Criminal Association. Member of the group ‘Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies’ advising to the Ministry of Digital Affairs and Blockchain Technology Center at Lazarski University. Carries out research on the role of digital currencies in committing crimes and their use in criminal trial. The other areas of his research scheme are crime in electronic banking and lawful hacking in security services  activities.
Rafał Prabucki

Rafał Prabucki

The possibility of using blockchain technology in the retail branch market in energy and gas sectors in Poland. A review of the organizational structures and legal aspects

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A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Opole. Focused on the law of evidence and forensic science. A graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry at Gdańsk Technology University and the Faculty of Law and Administration at Opole University. A co-creator of a online magazine titled ‘Cyfrowa Ekonomia: Blockchain i Bitcoin’ (aka. Bitcoinet.pl).
Samuel Thampapillai

Samuel Thampapillai

Blockchain in a world of Brexit & Borders and the global fight against Financial Crime
Samuel is an associate in Eversheds Sutherland’s financial services disputes and investigations group, working on a range of litigations, investigations and contentious matters for a variety of global banks, funds and other financial institutions. Samuel is also a thought leader in the area of Fintech and regularly advises and presents to international clients, regulators and industry bodies on a variety of aspects of Fintech including distributed ledger technology (blockchain), smart contacts, payments, robo-advisory platforms, data-protection and virtual currencies, with a particular focus on the litigation, regulatory and financial crime challenges posed by emerging technologies. He is also the author of a number of publications on these topics. Samuel is active in the start-up space with a number of clients who are at the cutting edge of Fintech innovation and which has given him a dynamic vantage point to contribute to the shape of regulatory reform via programmes such as the FCA Sandbox as the financial services sector becomes increasingly disrupted by newer market entrants and technologies. Samuel is dual-qualified in England & Wales and Australia and holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney.
Florian Glatz

Florian Glatz

How can we combine the empowering properties of distributed ledgers with the legal tools and frameworks our society has evolved?
Florian is a co-founder of hacking.law, the Legal Tech Center and the Berlin Legal Tech Conference & Hackathon. He works as a lawyer, software developer and researcher in the blockchain space since 2013. As a lawyer, he helps startups and corporations navigate the uncharted waters of applied blockchain technology in a world of legacy legal systems. As a software developer, Florian focuses on software-driven innovation in law and finance. As a researcher and entrepreneur he explores the interaction of code and law in a digital society.
Jacek Wytrębowicz

Jacek Wytrębowicz

Cryptocurrencies – selected facts and technical basis.

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Jacek Wytrebowicz is an assistant professor at Warsaw University of Technology (Institute of Computer Science), where he teaches computer networks, Internet technologies and network security. He is a specialist in Internet protocols and network services. He worked at Warsaw Heating Utility, leading a project of a Metropolitan Area Network, and at TEL-ENERGO S.A. (today EXATEL S.A.) a countrywide telecom operator, where he managed the IT department. As a consultant he wrote technical analysis and telecommunication strategies for municipal authorities and utility companies.
He has a Ph.D. in Computer and Network Science from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications Paris and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Warsaw University of Technology. He is co-author of 5 books and author or co-author of 36 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings.

Judyta Przyłuska Schmitt, PhD

Judyta Przyłuska Schmitt, PhD

Bitcoin from the Polish tax perspective

Dr. Judyta Przyłuska is an assistant professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin at the Department of Institutions and Financial Markets. She deals with the issue of alternative forms of money, bitcoin and local currencies and the functioning of the insurance system in Poland and in the world, especially in terms of using new technologies. In 2015 she held a scientific internship at the University of Cologne in Germany (in the insurance department).

Venue and contacts:

Lazarski University, Świeradowska 43, room 130, 02-662 Warsaw, Poland

You can contact us by: blockchain@lazarski.pl (preferably) or +48 22 543 53 14.

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Media patronage:

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Cyfrowa Ekonomia

Organisers:

Lazarski University

Faculty of Law and Administration

Blockchain Technology Center at the Faculty of Economics and Management

Honorary Patronage:

Institutions

Ministry for Digital Affairs

Universities

The Knowledge and Innovation Institute (Warsaw)

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun – Faculty of Law and Administration

Companies

Blockchain Technologies sp. z o.o.

Organizations

Polish Bitcoin Association