Cryptocurrencies, NFTs and CBDCs course with two Virginia Law Professors

Cryptocurrencies, NFTs and CBDCs course with two Virginia Law Professors

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The Center For American Studies would like to invite you to participate in an intense weekend course with two law professors and technology experts from the United States titled β€œCryptocurrencies, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs): Law & Policy”
This course will cover the key legal, technological and policy issues related to cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens, and central bank digital currencies.
In particular, you will study what cryptocurrencies essentially are, why people demand them, and what advantages and disadvantages they have compared to conventional money and payments technology.
You will learn the inner workings behind key concepts such as stablecoins, NFTs, and decentralized exchange, and discuss the laws and regulatory bodies that govern this technology in the areas of securities law, commodities law, tax, and anti-money laundering.

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The course starts on Friday, September 30 at 17.30 (CET) and ends on Saturday, October 1 at 16.00 (CET).
The weekend online training format on the Zoom platform allows the participation of people working full-time during the week.

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Because of the rise of crypto-assets’ popularity, the course is a must for both new and experienced lawyers, managers, and tax & finance specialists, as well as institutional and individual investors.
βœ“ You will learn what cryptocurrencies are and how blockchain technology works
βœ“ You will understand the connections between cryptocurrency, (fiat) money, and monetary policy
βœ“ You will relate cryptocurrency to contract law, tax, securities, and other legal topics
βœ“ You will learn about cutting-edge crypto topics, including stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, NFTs, and decentralized finance

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Day 1. Friday (17.30 – 20.30 CET)
1. Challenges Faced by the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem.
2. What Is Blockchain and What Is Cryptocurrency? What Is Money?
3. Understanding Cryptocurrency as a Valuable Digital Token and a System for Transferring Economic Value without Intermediaries.
4. Overview of Principal U.S. Regulators and Their Impact on Crypto-assets Regulation around the World:
a) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC);
b) Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC);
c) Treasury Department/FinCEN.

Day 2. Saturday (13.00 – 16.00 CET)
1. Stablecoins.
2. Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).
3. Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
4. Decentralized Finance (DeFi).
5. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs).
6. Emerging Legal and Policy Issues and the Future of Crypto-asset Regulation in the United States, Europe and the World.
7. Questions and Answers (Q&A) with Prof. Michael Gilbert & Prof. Abraham Sutherland.

Michael Gilbert received his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as articles editor on the California Law Review and received multiple distinctions.
He is now Vice-Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School (8th best law school in the United States), where he also directs UVA Law’s Center for Public Law and Political Economy. Prior to joining the UVA faculty, Gilbert clerked for Judge William A. Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Prof. Gilbert teaches courses on election law, legislation, law & economics, and cryptocurrency. His book titled Public Law and Economics is forthcoming in Oxford University Press. His other research has appeared in law reviews, peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Prof. Gilbert is a member of the Democracy Initiative’s Corruption Lab for Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law. In spring 2020, he was a visiting professor at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. Over the years, he has lectured throughout the United States and around the world, including in Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Israel.

Abraham Sutherland received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Harvard University.
He began his career at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., and clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He served in the White House as a deputy associate counsel during the George W. Bush administration.
Prof. Sutherland is now Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he has taught courses on cryptocurrency law and policy and on international development and the rule of law. His cryptocurrency research and writing has focused on regulatory and in particular tax issues, including the tax treatment of digital assets and tax reporting and anti-money laundering requirements.
He is an advisor to the Proof of Stake Alliance, an industry group that focuses on proof-of-stake cryptocurrency technology, and is a fellow at Coin Center. Prof. Sutherland is also the director of the project development company Saker Group. The company seeks solutions to development challenges in least-developed countries and frontier markets by applying strategies and principles drawn from law and economics.
Notably, Prof. Sutherland was the U.S. Department of State’s rule of law adviser in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012. He planned and participated in more than 450 missions from a forward artillery base in one of the conflict’s most challenging regions.
The course language – due to the nationality of the instructors – is English. Their friendly approach will make the course understandable to non-native speakers.

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Every participant will receive a set of free materials that can be used as a handy resource also after the course.


All of our courses are certified.
You will be awarded an official digital certificate signed by the Center For American Studies’ President and our Director of Academic Affairs. You may then print the certificate at home, use it to apply for various positions, or simply post it to your LinkedIn. The certificate can be also used as proof of completion of a given number of hours of training (continuing education requirement) mandated by your employer, bar association, or trade chamber.

Course fee: 199 EUR

Promotional early bird fee (only if you register before September 15): 149 EUR

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Final deadline for registration: September 26, 2022.


Please send all of your questions to the Course Coordinator, Ms. Rita Haluschenko ([email protected]). We will be glad to help.
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