The Blockchain Lawyer

The Blockchain Lawyer
The podcast from Europe about blockchain, cryptocurrencies, other disruptive technologies, and the law in the 21st centruy. Dennis Hillemann discusses with his guests how we must change our minds, our politics and our legislation to fully adapt the possibilities of new technologies to make this a better world for all of us. Explaining tech simply and to the point, Dennis dives deep into the tensions between technology and law. He aims for a broader acceptance of blockchain and other technologies and wants to spread the news: We all must change minds and regulations now.

35: Blockchain use cases in the public sector (& sustainability)
Aug 7 • 25 min
What are the use cases for blockchain in the public sector? How can blockchain benefit governements and citizens in their relations? And how can blockchain contribute to sustainability? Learn more on Ep. 35 of The Blockchain Lawyer. Apple…
34: Blockchain failed / China will disrupt the blockchain world
Jun 7 • 30 min
Blockchain failed during the COVID-19 crisis. Why? No use cases. See it different? Let me know. Fortunately, after a little rant, Dennis dives deep into the developments in China. There are two important developments: The first initiative pertains to the…
33: The Blockchain Lawyers Network - Come join us.
Feb 22 • 18 min
In this Episode, Dennis explains what The Blockchain Lawyers Network is aimed at and what value it will provide. Join me in The Blockchain Lawyers Network. You’ll love it as much as I do.
EP: 32: Sustainability & Social Impact of Blockchain for a better world with Anthony Day
Feb 15 • 47 min
The world is facing huge global challenges: Climate change, overpopulation, massive amounts of waste, worldwide pollution. We all know: something needs to change. And yet: We are all still too wrapped up in our own problems and goals. Companies are not…
31: Blockchain and GDPR - tackling the biggest issues with Olga Stepanova
Feb 11 • 50 min
Blockchain is a fantastic technology that can also protect privacy (“privacy by blockchain design”). And yet: There are big questions whether blockchain and EU-GDPR are compatible. Olga Stepanova explains the biggest challenges: Who is the controller on a…
30: Blockchain in the maritime economy with David Saive
Feb 8 • 38 min
Can a software development team be led by a lawyer? Sure, says David Saive - and presents an innovative blockchain solution for the maritime industry. He not only presents it to us, but also explains why, in his view, the future of software development…
29: Setting up a crypto business in Estonia with Ferhat Ziba
Feb 4 • 45 min
Estonia - a small country, but incredibly digitalised. An El Dorado for Blockchain entrepreneurs and also Crypto enthusiasts. Because here it is possible to get a license for the crypto trade easily and safely. Ferhat Ziba is a German entrepreneur and…
28: Summary of the Round Table of the German Government on EU-GDPR and Blockchain
Jan 30 • 26 min
On the 30th of January 2020, the German Government held a round-table on blockchain and EU-GDPR which I attended. Here‘s my summary.
27: The Tokenisation of Assets and Potential Implications for Financial Markets – OECD Report
Jan 22 • 33 min
The token economy will come. Blockchain fans and companies see a huge opportunity in it, but many governments (such as the German one) also believe in a radical change of the economy of the future. In a paper published at the beginning of 2020, the OECD…
26: The regulation of new technologies (with Michael Kolain)
Jan 11 • 53 min
The regulation of blockchain is not easy. Many lawyers are curious about the technology but do not understand it. Then the technology offers many advantages - but what are its disadvantages? Which issues need to be regulated legally and which do not? Can…
25: France & blockchain & crypto / Stablecoins spreading / Personal view on 2019 and 2020
Dec 19, 2019 • 24 min
In the last episode for 2019, we look into the French plans for blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, especially the e-euro. We compare it a little to the new German legislation, before Dennis then heads into reflecting his year in blockchain.…
24: Tokenization of Intellectual Property Rights (with Esen Esener, LL.M, LL. M)
Dec 11, 2019 • 51 min
Tokenization of IP rights will come. Companies like Lexit, Molecule or the Open Innovation Platform DEIP are looking for ways to tokenize and liquidate IP rights for different reasons (like M&A or just to increase collaboration in innovation). Esen…
23: Crypto and blockchain regulation on Malta - one step ahead?
Dec 8, 2019 • 33 min
In July 2018, Malta became the main country for cryptos when they implemented an official legislative package for Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) operators. What is the regulation on Malta about, what are my views on…
22: EU-GDPR principles & tension with blockchain technology
Dec 4, 2019 • 30 min
Both GDRP and Blockchain technology are relatively young. There are tensions between the basic principles of GDPR and the blockchain - but what are they? An overview.
21: Germany, the „crypto-heaven?“ - German banks can sell cryptocurrencies in 2020!
Nov 30, 2019 • 16 min
A new legislation enables banks to sell and store cryptocurrencies from January 1, 2020. What does the new law regulate - and what does it mean for the blockchain technology in Germany?
20: EU-GDPR, Blockchain & the household exemption
Nov 25, 2019 • 30 min
Can the Household exemption be applied on privately motivated but public Blockchain transactions? An exception to the material scope of the GDRP in connection with blockchain technology (CNIL opinion) Exceptions in the GDRP system in connection with the…
19: News on Blockchain and Crypto Regulation (211119)
Nov 21, 2019 • 19 min
What‘s new concerning regulation of Blockchain and Crypto? - News from Wyoming on blockchain banks - UK: Are cryptos property? - News from China
18: Blockchain and the German constitution - a great match? Part II: Competences & legislation
Nov 17, 2019 • 25 min
In the sequel to EP. 17, Dennis explains if the Federal German Government can actually realize its Blockchain Strategy under the German constitution. Does it have the competences? What role plays the European Union?
17: Blockchain and the German constitution - a great match? Part 1: Civil liberties
Nov 10, 2019 • 41 min
The German constitution was written in 1949. Satoshi Nakamoto‘s whitepaper on bitcoin is from 2008. Can such a revolutionary technology work well with our constitution? In the first episode of my deep-dive into the German constitution - as an example for…
The Blockchain Lawyer (Trailer)
Nov 10, 2019 • 0 min
16: The EU study on money laundering and financing of terrorism through cryptocurrencies
Nov 3, 2019 • 20 min
More and more regulators are worried about criminals who are increasingly using cryptocurrencies for illegal activities like money laundering, terrorist financing, and tax evasion. The problem is significant. What is the EU‘s point of view on the matter -…
15: The Chinese national digital currency could be a gamechanger for the world
Oct 31, 2019 • 31 min
The Chinese state digital currency has long been developed. Now it could come this Or the following year to market launch. China could be the first major economy to introduce its digital currency. What do we know so far about it - and why do I think it…
14: China‘s new blockchain laws & The race of policy makers worldwide
Oct 27, 2019 • 20 min
China has passed new bloclchain related laws. The announcement came one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the country to seize opportunities in blockchain technology. Is China outrunning Europe and the US? Why are good laws on blockchain so…
13: 3 things entrepreneurs do wrong when pitching their blockchain start-up
Oct 24, 2019 • 17 min
Lately I‘ve seen quite a few pitches from young start-ups concerning blockchain. Even though they have a fantastic blockchain use-case, they fail. Why? I point out three basic mistakes I‘ve witnessed from a neutral point of view.
12: Voting on the blockchain - how does it work and why is it a good use case?
Oct 20, 2019 • 14 min
Voting procedures are an indispensable part of democracy. The Blockchain technology enables to carry out the voting procedure using The blockchain system. But how does it work, and has it already been used?
11: Facebook‘s Libra and EU-GDPR - no match in heaven?
Oct 17, 2019 • 13 min
Did Facebook understand the challenges EU-GDPR imposes for blockchain technology? An addition to Ep. 10 on Libra - and a deep dive on EU-GDPR challenges for Mark Zuckerberg‘s big project.
10: Facebook‘s Libra - What is it? - The Pros and Cons - My personal view on it
Oct 13, 2019 • 32 min
- In 2020, the Libra Association lead by Facebook wants to go live with a new cryptocurrency: Libra. In theory, if you open up your Facebook account in the middle of 2020, you might find a new crypto wallet inside - and you might own Libra, a stablecoin,…
9: Smart contracts - What are they? The cat example & The Machine to Machine economy
Oct 10, 2019 • 20 min
The blockchain also allows the use of so-called smart contracts; “Smart contracts”, which are closed independently of elaborate third parties such as notaries and still ensure legal certainty. But what are smart contracts and how do they work? Why can…
8: What is Ethereum? The origins, the differences to Bitcoin, Smart Contracts & DApps
Oct 6, 2019 • 15 min
Ethereum was developed by a Russian-Canadian programmer Vitaliy Buterin and is a public, open-source platform based on blockchain offering smart contracts. Launched in 2015, Ethereum is the world´s leading programmable blockchain. But what is Ethereum?…
7: What is Bitcoin? The idea, the history, the technology, the outlook
Oct 3, 2019 • 29 min
Bitcoin wrote a giant success story in a short time: from origin and market launch 2009 to the largest market capitalization of cryptocurrencies worldwide, Bitcoin has achieved so much in the past 10 years. But what is Bitcoin? What is the original idea…
6: Satoshi Nakamoto‘s Whitepaper - The origins of Bitcoin & Blockchain
Sep 30, 2019 • 29 min
Eight pages that changed the world:: Satoshi Nakamoto published a white paper in a cryptography mailing list on November 1, 2008, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.” It is the origin of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology of today.…
5: Would Greta like Blockchain? - Blockchain & Climate change.- The Swytch project
Sep 26, 2019 • 19 min
It’s time to reduce our CO2 emissions. But is blockchain technology one of the keys? What is the negative impact of Bitcoin mining on our climate? Which blockchain projects want to prevent climate change - and what is the Swytch project about? Learn about…
4: Big things coming - The German Federal Government‘s Strategy for Blockchain & Tokens
Sep 21, 2019 • 33 min
The Federal German Government has just released - in German - their strategy paper for blockchain and digital tokens. It‘s a fantastic step forward to embracing blockchain and its benefits on so many levels. Germany wants to become a big player in the…
3: Blockchain & Science - A great match
Sep 20, 2019 • 27 min
It is foreseeable that the public administration will also use the blockchain because it provides a framework for the simplification of work processes, which are still characterized by high administrative overhead. Especially the science and education…
EP2: Constitutional liberties & Blockchain technology - Policy making - Elastos and Blockstack
Sep 15, 2019 • 39 min
In the second episode of The Blockchain Lawyer, Dennis highlights how blockchain technology can empower people in using their constitutional liberties. In an Internet that at times feels broken, ruled by big companies, blockchain can offer direct…
1 - The Big Why - What is Blockchain - What is it not
Sep 4, 2019 • 40 min
The brand new podcast about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, technology and law – all from the point of view of an European lawyer. Dennis Hillemann has 13 years of experience counseling the Public Sector in Europe. Now, he wants to talk about how we must…