Milan, 25-26 October: Blockchain, Law and Governance


On 25 and 26 October 2019 Benedetta Cappiello and Gherhardo Carullo from the Università degli Studi di Milano will host a conference dealing with blockchain from a legal perspective. The focus is on the positive effects that this technology can generate. Special attention is paid to projects that aim to promote sustainability through blockchain solutions. One of the panels is devoted to jurisdiction and the law applicable to smart contracts.

The conference aims at:

  • offering a critical analysis of the potential benefits and legal risks of distributed ledger technologies;
  • scrutinizing opportunities offered by blockchain technology and possible regulatory frameworks;
  • discussing the legal implications of blockchain technologies;
  • presenting real-world blockchain projects applied to society;
  • bringing together different stakeholders to discuss the future role of governments and the contemporary challenges to public trust.

Conference programme:

DAY 1 – October 25th

9:00 – 9:30: Registration

9:30 – 10:15: Welcome from: E. Franzini, University Chancellor; V. Nardo, Presidente Ordine Avvocati; L. Violini, Head of Department Diritto pubblico italiano e sovranazionale

10:30 –11:00: The Italian perspective: “An Introduction

  • P. Ciocca, Commissario Consob

11:00 – 11:30: Coffee Break

11:30 –12:15: Plenary Session: Understanding Blockchain: “An introduction

  • C. Malcolm, Head, Blockchain Policy Center, OECD-OCDE, tbc

12:30 – 13:45: Lunch

13:45 –14:15: Workshop:How to ‘mine’?”

  • C. Biondi Santi, BitMiner Factory, Firenze

14:30 –16:15: PlenarySession:“Blockchain in law”

Chair: NerinaBoschiero,FacultyDean

  • P. de Filippi, Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
  • O. Goodenough, Director of the Center for Legal Innovation, Vermont Law School – CodeX Affiliated
  • T. Schrepel, Utrecht University School of Law

16:15 – 16:45: Coffee Break

16:45 –18:00: “Blockchain in action: Crypto currencies”

Chair: Gabriele Sabbatini

  • G. Zucco, BlockchainLabit, founder
  • P. Dal Checco, Turin University
  • R. Ghio, WizKey

16:45 –18:15: “Smart legal contract: forum and applicable law issue”

Chair:Benedetta Cappiello, University of Milan

  • G. Rühl, Professor Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
  • P. Bertoli, Professor Università degli Studi dell’Insubria
  • M. T. Giordano, LT42

DAY 2 – October 26th

9:30 –10:30: Plenary session:“Blockchain as a tool to achieve the SDGs”

Chair: Cesare Pitea, University of Milan

  • R. della Croce, OCSE, Senior Economist, Blockchain and green finance
  • G. Baroncini Turrichia, HELPERBIT founder, Blockchain Project applied
  • G. Coppi, Fordham University, International Humanitarian Affairs

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 12:30: “Who and how to decide?”

ChairAlessandro Palumbo, Ph.D., CEOJUR

  • P. Ortoloni, Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • A. Santosuosso, Professor Università degli Studi di Pavia
  • J. Lassègue, Professor and Chargé de recherche CNRS

11:00 – 12:30: “Transparency Issue”

Chair: Gherardo Carullo

  • M. Nastri, Notaio
  • M. Finck, Max Planck Institute for innovation and competition
  • A. Zwitter, Dean, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


For further information contact Benedetta Cappiello (