Oxford Digital Assets Project

This project, which is organised by the Commercial Law Centre, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, is run by Professor Louise Gullifer and Professor Jennifer Payne, will consider legal issues arising from the holding of assets using distributed ledger and blockchain technology.

Developments in distributed ledger and blockchain technology have led to the emergence of innovative new asset types, such as crypto-currencies, crypto-securities and other tradable crypto-assets, some of which represent assets in the real world, such as gold. The value of these assets, at the moment, is enormous, and their existence raises many important legal questions, which need to be considered both on a national and international basis.

This project brings together an international group of legal experts to consider some of the major legal issues arising from the move towards digital assets. It has two main aims: first, to facilitate and enrich the work that is being done individually by members of the group, and second, to consider specific issues collectively and produce specific outputs.