ELSA Webinars Academy

ELSA Nijmegen will hold its ELSA Webinars Academy (EWA) between 3 and 6 August 2020. The EWA will be about cryptocurrency: the digital euro and its legal implications. On this page you can find all information about the EWA and sign yourself up.  The EWA will be held in English.


Monday 3 August 2020 – 3.00-5.00 PM CET
An introduction to Trust Minimised Governance: blockchain by Martijn Bolt

Tuesday 4 August 2020 – 3.00-4.00 PM CET
Libra and its legal framework from an EU/German perspective by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Omlor
Tuesday 4 August 2020 – 4.00-5.00 PM CET
Blockchain-Based Money as the Ultimate Challenge to Sovereignty by Dr. Riccardo de Caria

Wednesday 5 August 2020 – 3.00-5.00 PM CET
Monetary Sovereignty under Threat? Considerations on Bitcoin, Libra, and Central Bank Digital Currencies by Mr. Alain Zamaria

Thursday 6 August 2020 – 3.00-5.00 PM CET 
The Private Law consequences of the possible widespread implementation of cryptocurrencies by Dr. Pietro Ortolani

However we hope all speakers will be available at the EWA no rights can be deprived from this program. ELSA Nijmegen reserves the right to change the program. Attendees will be informed about a change in the program.


Martijn Bolt works with public and private organizations on their digital transformation using blockchain technology. Since 2012, he has been researching technology intensively and putting his knowledge into practice by combining it with his experience as a change and implementation manager.

Martijn Bolt currently works freelance, as a blockchain implementation specialist. His masterclass became the basis for the first Dutch blockchain minor in higher education, at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

In addition to his implementation projects for central and decentralized governments, multinationals and entrepreneurs, Martijn Bolt worked in committees for the evaluation of blockchain projects. For example, he assessed proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) – an instrument of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO NL) – and was a committee member during the assessment of applications received by the Technical Center for Agricultural Cooperation and Rural Development (CTA).

Sebastian Omlor, who holds an LL.M. degree from NYU, an s.j.d. and an LL.M. degree from the University of Saarland in Germany is a full professor and Director of the Institute of Law and Regulation of Digitalization at the University of Marburg in Germany. At the University of Marburg, he holds the chair for private law, commercial and business law, banking law, and comparative law. His research also focuses on banking and company law, the law of payment and financial services, and the legal concept of money.

As a legal expert, he advised, inter alia, the German parliament (Bundestag) and the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Currently, he directs the research project ‘Blockchain and the law” of the German Federal Ministry of Justice (2020-2023).

Riccardo de Caria is Assistant Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Turin, after earning an LLM from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Turin. He teaches Public Economic Law, Eu competition law, and Comparative Legal Systems. He has published extensively in the field of economic law. He is the author of a book on lobbying regulation. More recently, his research interests include blockchain technology regulation, free speech in the online domain, and the law of the surveillance state. He has promoted a legal clinic on entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Turin and serves as a co-chair of the Italian hub of the European Law Institute. As an attorney, he is also a member of the Italian bar.

Alain Zamaria is a Ph.D. researcher at the Sorbonne Law School and a guest researcher in the Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) at the Leiden Law School since February 2020.

His thesis focuses on the monetary and property law issues raised by stateless currencies and his research interests include money, cryptocurrency technologies, property theory, public law, and law & economics. He holds Master’s degrees in Economic Law from Sciences Po Paris and in Public Law from the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas.

Prior to joining eLaw, Alain was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, where he co-organized a lecture series on sovereign debt and seminars on “Blockchain and Procedural Law”. He has given the course “Economics and sociology of money” at Sciences Po since 2017, as well as training on the legal aspects of cryptocurrencies at BPI France, a public investment bank. He has also contributed to the Coalition of Automated Legal Applications (“COALA”) and Fides, a think-tank on the interactions between law, economics, and society.

Pietro Ortolani specializes in international arbitration and transnational dispute resolution. He holds a law degree from the University of Pisa and a Ph.D. in arbitration from LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome. Before joining Radboud University, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, a Research Associate at the University of Pisa and a Law Research Associate at Queen Mary, University of London.

Pietro is admitted to the Bar in Italy and he also works as a practitioner, mainly in the field of arbitration. He has experience in both ad hoc and institutional arbitration. He has acted as an expert for the European Parliament and the European Commission. Pietro has published in many peer-reviewed international journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and the Leiden Journal of International Law. He regularly acts as reviewer for a wide range of international journals and publishers.


Location: Online
Date: 3-6 August 2020
Language: English
Fee: free

For questions mail: academicactivities.nijmegen@nl.elsa.org

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