“Digital Assets and Private International Law” – Conference in Vienna on 11 and 12 April 2024


On 11 and 12 April 2024, an international conference on the current topic of the appropriate approach to digital assets in PIL cases will take place at the University of Vienna in a hybrid format. For the impressive speakers list, including internationally renowned academics as well as representatives from UNIDROIT and the HCCH, please refer to the conference announcement below, which was kindly provided by the organizers:

Digital Assets and Private International Law


11 and 12 April 2024 in Vienna



Digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and other tokens, have become important as objects of investment and trade. They are recorded on the blockchain, an electronic ledger held in identical form on servers (nodes) all over the world. Therefore, the determination of the governing law presents particular challenges. This conference will explore whether Private International Law methodology can be successfully applied to digital assets or whether it needs to be changed in light of the ‘blockchain revolution’.

Date      11 and 12 April 2024

Place     Juridicum, Schottenbastei 10-16, A-1010 Vienna, roof top floor


The conference will take place in a hybrid format. Speakers and participants will meet in the Juridicum. The proceedings will be streamed simultaneously online. Registration (both for physical attendance and online participation) can be made until 6 April 2024 by email at the following address: service.rechtsvergleichung@univie.ac.at. Participation is free but registration compulsory.



 Thursday, 11 April 2024

Time Topic Speaker
13.00 Registration and Coffee
14.00 Inauguration Prof. Brigitta Zöchling-Jud,

Dean of the Law School of the University of Vienna

14.10 Welcome Address Dr. Thomas Gstädtner, President of Supervisory Board, EBI
14.15 Introduction Prof. Matthias Lehmann,
University of Vienna and Radboud University of Nijmegen

Part 1 – Overarching Issues

14.30 Do We Need a ‘Blockchain Revolution’ in Private International Law? Prof. Andrea Bonomi, University of Lausanne
14.45 Proprietary Rights in Digital and Other Assets and the Conflict of Laws Prof. Christiane Wendehorst, University of Vienna
15.00 The Law Applicable to Payments, Tokenisation and Contracting on Cross-border Digital Platforms Prof. Dr. Gérardine Goh Escolar, Hague Conference on Private International Law
15.15 Which Role for Consumer Law in Blockchain Transactions? Prof. Teresa Rodriguez de las Herras Ballell, UNIDROIT/University Carlos III Madrid
15.30 Discussion
16.00 Coffee Break

Part 2 – Law Applicable to Digital Assets

16.30 Money or Securities as the Paradigm for Digital Assets? Dr. Burku Yüksel, University of Aberdeen
16.45 A Single Law for the Blockchain vs.  Layer-, Protocol- or Asset-Specific Law Dr. Augustin Gridel, University of Lorraine
17.00 Choice of Law for Digital Assets –Technical Possibilities and Legal Conditions Prof. Florian Heindler, Sigmund Freud University Vienna
17.15 Discussion
17.45 Summary and Conclusion of the First Day Prof. Matthias Lehmann, University of Vienna and Radboud University of Nijmegen
19.00 Speakers’ Dinner


Friday, 12 April 2024

Time Topic Speaker
08.30 Coffee
Part 3 – Law Governing Blockchain Transactions
09.00 The Determination of the Law of Custody and Its Importance for Digital Assets Prof. Matthias Haentjens, University of Leiden
09.15 Secured Transactions in Digital Assets Prof. Spiridon Bazinas, Sigmund Freud University Vienna (online)
09.30 The Law Applicable to Staking Dr. Fabio Andreotti, Bitcoin Suisse AG
09.45 Decentralized Finance (DeFi) –  Which Law is Governing the Entities, which the Transactions? Dr. Pascal Favrod-Coune, Aegis Partners
10.00 Discussion
10.30 Coffee Break
Part 4 – Law Governing Particular Issues
11.00 The Law Governing Private Relations and Liability on the Network Prof. Tobias Lutzi, University of Augsburg
11.15 The Law Governing Trade Finance Tokens Prof. Koji Takahashi, Doshisha University (online)
11.30 Determining the Law Governing Smart Contracts Dr. Jasper Verstappen, University of Groningen
11.45 Discussion


12.15 Summary and Conclusion Prof. Matthias Lehmann, University of Vienna and Radboud University of Nijmegen


About the Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and Private International Law (IACPIL)

IACPIL is a platform for discussing issues in comparative law and private international law. The association is based in Vienna, where it organises events on current topics, fundamental issues, and methodological questions. Its members reflect a broad professional base rooted in the academic, judicial, and administrative fields, and are also joined by translators and specialists from international organisations.

The association is a critically scrutinising forum. Interdisciplinary topics with legal, political, historical, social, economic, and cultural dimensions are frequently considered. In this way, IACPIL endeavours to promote a modern, humane, and social regulation of cross-border conflicts.


About the European Banking Institute (EBI)

The EBI is an international centre based in Frankfurt for banking studies resulting from the joint venture of Europe’s preeminent academic institutions which have decided to share and coordinate their commitments and structure their research activities in order to provide the highest quality legal, economic and accounting studies in the field of banking regulation, banking supervision and banking resolution in Europe.

EBI aims to become a point of reference in the research of banking regulation research in Europe. By promoting the dialogue between scholars, regulators, supervisors, industry representatives and advisors in relation to issues concerning the regulation and supervision of financial institutions and financial markets from a legal, economic and any other related viewpoint, the close relationship with regulators, supervisors, and private sector is expected to guarantee a one-of-its-kind academic research production.