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IT Law Series: Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Crypto Assets

Stay current on the latest IT law developments with our series of seminars focused on technology, media, and telecommunications law, organised by IPOS International in conjunction with a community of public sector lawyers from Singapore.

Participants can look forward to the sharing of insights and perspectives from a variety of leading practitioners and academics, on areas that include intellectual property, competition law, blockchain, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data protection.


Programme Overview and Topics

This virtual seminar series aims to provide participants with an overview of some of the latest IT law issues and developments. Every session focuses on a different topic and will be conducted by a variety of leading practitioners and academics in the relevant field, who will deliver presentations and participate in a Q&A discussion with opportunities for participants to pose questions.

Reading materials for each seminar topic, such as seminal court decisions and technology law articles, as well as pre-recorded lectures providing an introduction to technology law, will be made available to participants ahead of each lecture.

 

Pre-recorded lectures

Participants who sign up for any of the seminars will be given access to the following pre-recorded lectures, which are aimed at providing a broad overview of the world of technology law:

Speaker(s)

Topic

Assistant Professor Lim How Khang

Singapore Management University

Digital Computing 101

Mr Yeong Zee Kin

Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation & Protection Group), IMDA; Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission

An Introduction to Technology Law   

 These are pre-recorded lectures which will be made available (free of charge) to participants of the IT Law series.

 

Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Crypto Assets 

Synopsis: This lecture provides an overview of the key concepts surrounding blockchain technology. This includes the hashing of blocks to form a chain, immutability, consensus, proof of work, and proof of stake. The lecture also examines the intersection between the law and blockchain, and touches on a number of regulatory, evidential, data protection, and cutting-edge issues surrounding blockchain, smart contracts, and crypto assets.

SG Time

Speaker(s)

Topic(s)

2.00 – 3.45pm

Mr Jonathan Ee (Deputy Director, Civil & Legislative Policy, Civil & Legislative Policy Division, Ministry of Law)

 

Mr Leong Kit Yu (Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Unit, Legal Directorate, Ministry of Finance)

 

Mr Lam Chung Nian (Head of the Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Group, WongPartnership)

 

A Primer on Legal Issues relating to Decentralised Ledger Technology, Smart Contracts and Crypto Assets

3.45 – 4.00pm

Short Break

 

4.00 – 4.45pm

Justice Simon Thorley QC (International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court)

 

Legal Consequences of the Immutability of Blockchain Transactions

4.45 – 5.15pm

Panel Discussion – all speakers, joined by Professor Kelvin Low (NUS Faculty of Law), moderated by Mr Paul McClelland (Head of Legal, IPOS International)

 

 

*Subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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Learning Objectives

This virtual seminar series aims to provide participants with an overview of some of the latest IT law issues and developments. Every session focuses on a different topic and will be conducted by a variety of leading practitioners and academics in the relevant field, who will deliver presentations and participate in a Q&A discussion with opportunities for participants to pose questions.

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Electronic documents, signatures and evidence 

Synopsis: This lecture provides an overview of the key concepts surrounding blockchain technology. This includes the hashing of blocks to form a chain, immutability, consensus, proof of work, and proof of stake. The lecture also examines the intersection between the law and blockchain, and touches on a number of regulatory, evidential, data protection, and cutting-edge issues surrounding blockchain, smart contracts, and crypto assets.

 

SG Time

Speaker(s)

Topic(s)

2.00 – 3.45pm

Mr Jonathan Ee (Deputy Director, Civil & Legislative Policy, Civil & Legislative Policy Division, Ministry of Law)

 

Mr Leong Kit Yu (Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Unit, Legal Directorate, Ministry of Finance)

 

Mr Lam Chung Nian (Head of the Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Group, WongPartnership)

 

A Primer on Legal Issues relating to Decentralised Ledger Technology, Smart Contracts and Crypto Assets

3.45 – 4.00pm

Short Break

 

4.00 – 4.45pm

Justice Simon Thorley QC (International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court)

 

Legal Consequences of the Immutability of Blockchain Transactions

4.45 – 5.15pm

Panel Discussion – all speakers, joined by Professor Kelvin Low (NUS Faculty of Law), moderated by Mr Paul McClelland (Head of Legal, IPOS International)

 

*Subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

 

Pre-recorded lectures

Participants who sign up for any of the seminars will be given access to the following pre-recorded lectures, which are aimed at providing a broad overview of the world of technology law:

 

Speaker(s) Topic

Assistant Professor Lim How Khang

Singapore Management University

Digital Computing 101

Mr Yeong Zee Kin

Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation & Protection Group), IMDA; Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission

An Introduction to Technology Law 

 These are pre-recorded lectures that will be made available (free of charge) to participants of the IT Law series.

 

Reading materials for each seminar topic, such as seminal court decisions and technology law articles, as well as pre-recorded lectures providing an introduction to technology law, will be made available to participants ahead of each lecture.

02 Aug
2022
IT Law Series: Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Crypto Assets
02:00 pm - 05:15 pm
Ministry of Law
Mr Jonathan Ee
Deputy Director, Civil & Legislative Policy Civil & Legislative Policy Division

Jonathan is a member of the Technology Law Cluster in the Singapore Legal Service.  He is also a Deputy Director at the Civil and Legislative Policy Division of the Ministry of Law where he steers legislative reform to civil, family, and community-related laws, and works with stakeholders to co-create solutions to meet the evolving justice needs of society.  Jonathan started his career as a State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers where he drafted and vetted public sector contracts, and advised on various transactional and regulatory matters.  He has also been with the legal unit of the Ministry of National Development, where he advised on a range of issues relating to land planning, housing, and infrastructure development.  Jonathan has a Bachelor of Laws from the Singapore Management University. 

Ministry of Finance
Mr Leung Kit Yu
Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Unit Legal Directorate

Kit Yu is a member of the Technology Law Cluster in the Singapore Legal Service and has been a legal service officer since 2017. He is also Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Directorate at the Ministry of Finance. He started his career in the Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers where he advised on contracts as a State Counsel. Kit Yu is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, Law Faculty.

WongPartnership
Mr Lam Chung Nian
Head of the Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Group

LAM Chung Nian is the Head of the Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Group. He handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in the areas of intellectual property ("IP"), media, information technology ("IT"), data protection and telecommunications law, and has extensive experience working on regulatory, transactional, enforcement and advisory projects in these areas, counting among his clients multinational companies, listed corporations and government regulators.

Chung Nian's IP experience covers all aspects of transactional, enforcement and advisory work involving IP, technology, media and telecommunications matters, including franchising, licensing, securitisation, due diligence, acquisitions and divestments. He also acts on behalf of international rights protection agencies in the music and movie industries, and some of the world's best-known content producers in the motion picture and music industries, as well as collecting societies, television networks and other creative sector clients.

His IT experience covers software licensing, outsourcing, systems development and integration agreements, as well as maintenance, service level and "as-a-service" agreements. He has worked on projects involving key IT infrastructure and mission critical systems, having represented both IT system developers and consultants as well as large institutional customers in the aviation, banking, financial services, public transport and healthcare sectors.

In the telecommunications sector, he has handled customer and vendor agreements, infrastructure roll-outs, submarine cable projects, VoIP, SIP and unified communications as well as regulatory clearance projects, having advised international cloud service providers, multinational telecommunications and networking companies.

He also has extensive experience advising on personal data protection matters, having handled numerous projects involving the treatment and handling of customer and/or employee data across a range of sectors, with clients including some of Singapore's largest banks, insurers, telecommunications, transport, media, hospitality, healthcare and property companies.

Chung Nian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has also been appointed as an IP Adjudicator empowered to hear disputes before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore ("IPOS"), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes as well as to the World Intellectual Property Organisation ("WIPO") Panel of Film and Media Mediators, Arbitrators and Experts, and the panel of mediators for the IPOS-WIPO initiative for Mediation for Proceedings Instituted in IPOS.

He is the President of the Asian Patent Attorney Association (Singapore Chapter), a member of the International Trademark Association, and the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. He has also served as a Co-Chair of the International Bar Association ("IBA") Communications Law Committee, of which he is now a member of its Advisory Board, and is currently also a member of the Projects Committee of the IBA, and has also been appointed as a member of the IBA Presidential Task Force on Cyber Security.

Chung Nian has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and is also an Associate Faculty at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). He is a tutor for the intellectual property law module in the Preparatory Course Leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations, and has also lectured at the Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law programme, a course jointly organised by the IP Academy (Singapore) and the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

Chung Nian graduated from the National University of Singapore. He is admitted to the Singapore Bar and to the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales, and is a registered patent agent in Singapore.

Singapore International Commercial Court
Justice Simon Thorley Q.C
International Judge

Justice Simon Thorley Q.C. was appointed as an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court in January 2015.

He studied Jurisprudence at Oxford University from 1968-1971 and received the degree of MA (Hons). He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of The Inner Temple in 1972 and then began practice at the Intellectual Property Bar. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989. Justice Thorley has more than 40 years of experience in Intellectual Property and related law, and was a leading practitioner in that field until he ceased practice in 2014. He was a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales and was also the Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal in the United Kingdom for eight years. He was a co-editor of the 13th-15th Editions of Terrell on the Law of Patents, a standard work of reference on UK patent law. Justice Thorley served as Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 2013.

National University of Singapore
Professor Kelvin Low
Professor, Faculty of Law

Kelvin F.K. Low is Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. Kelvin’s research interest spans the field of private law but with a particular interest in property, broadly defined. He has published internationally with leading journals such as the American Journal of Comparative Law, the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, the Law Quarterly Review, Legal Studies, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Melbourne University Law Review, and the Modern Law Review. He is a co-author of the 2nd and 3rd editions of The Law of Personal Property, the leading personal property text in the Commonwealth and co-author of the 3rd and 4th editions of Tan Sook Yee’s Principles of Singapore Land Law, the leading Singapore land law text. His works have been cited by the courts in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore as well as law commissions and law reform bodies in Australia, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Singapore.

IPOS International
Mr Paul Mcclelland
Head of Legal

Mr Paul McClelland specialises in intellectual property law and commercial dispute resolution. Before joining IPOS International Pte Ltd, Paul was sole corporate counsel for a well-known Singaporean brand, where he was responsible for a broad range of commercial matters, including worldwide trademark registrations and oppositions, management of external counsel, contract review, and training.

He has experience working in private practice for both Singapore and Scottish law firms. His practice focused on intellectual property and commercial arbitration.

He also taught commercial law, intellectual property and real estate law at a Scottish university.

Course Fee
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  • This programme is accredited by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE).
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