The lawyer-leader of tomorrow must understand blockchains.

Blockchains, decentralized databases that are maintained by a distributed network of computers, present manifold challenges and opportunities.

Blockchains and associated technologies offer unprecedented potential to disrupt financial systems, to support civic participation and democratized access to resources, to change the way we contract with one another, and much more.

  • Watch a panel discuss Blockchain, smart contracts, and their implications for the music industry and music copyright law. Featuring:

    • Jesse Grushack, founder of Blockchain-based music distribution platform Ujo Music
    • Nina Kilbride, Head of Legal Engineering at Monax Industries
    • Professor Jennifer Jenkins (Duke Law)
    • Professor Cam Harvey (Duke Fuqua School of Business)

“In 1993, hardly anybody had heard the word internet.… Yahoo was two years from its founding. Not a soul foresaw Facebook,, WikiLeaks or cat videos. Mark Zuckerberg was 9 years old. Think of the explosion and disruption that happened over the following decade. Think of how our way of life was completely changed by this internet thing. And so imagine what it means when Don Tapscott, who has been writing books and advising corporations about technology since the ’80s, says the blockchain is the next internet.”

— Kevin Maney, “Trust and Verify: the Coming Blockchain Revolution” NEWSWEEK (5/23/16)


Courses on Blockchain at Duke Law

Law & Policy Lab: Blockchain

The course is structured as a collaboration between Cardozo Law (Professor Aaron Wright) and Duke Law (Professor Jeff Ward), and students from both schools will share experiences (e.g. common speakers) and resources and, where possible, work together to solve real-world, practical issues presented by blockchain deploymen


Other Blockchain Resources at Duke

  • Duke Blockchain Lab

    The Lab is a student-run organization dedicated to empowering students and professors with the tools to revolutionize and improve their respective fields through blockchain technology.
  • Global Financial Markets Center

    The center advances the interdisciplinary study, understanding, and development of financial institutions and markets, and their optimal regulation, both domestically and abroad. This includes the evolving fintech industry and the impact of bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.
  • Fuqua School of Business

    Professor Campbell Harvey offers an Innovation and Cryptoventures course (Finance 898).


BlockHack 2017

Blockchain technology has the power to eliminate the need for transaction intermediaries such as banks. By providing a completely secure way to engage in commerce, the technology is an innovative platform fueling the growth of global economies. BlockHack 2017 centered on ways to integrate blockchain in both public and private sectors. This hackathon allowed promising young techies to work together while applying blockchain towards some of the world's biggest problems.

Read about BlockHack