Seminar Civil Law and Computer Science

The Institute for Civil Law and the Institute of Computer Science will hold an interdisciplinary seminar on the topic “Distributed Trust and Blockchain”. Students of computer science and law and will work closely together on questions concerning the blockchain and its potential in the legal domain. The goal of the seminar is to explore how the characteristics of blockchain technology can support the transfer and enforcement of rights.

Participants will work in interdisciplinary groups and relate their work to practical problems that arise when regulators and practitioners aim at digitalizing the legal world. In doing so, participating students will hopefully design and discuss truly innovative concepts for issues that have arisen or may arise in practice when creating, transferring or enforcing rights in real-world scenarios such as collateralizing assets or dealing with securities.


Code 01856
Type Seminar
Site Bern
Track(s) T0 – General
Semester S2021


Learning Outcomes

Students are able to

  • read and critically analyze legal and/or technical background in the area;
  • discuss technical material in the domain;
  • relate to their own scientific work, if applicable;
  • give a scientific presentation, in terms of structure, level of content, and presentation techniques;
  • manage their time during the preparation of their work, when operating in teams or independently.
Lecturer(s) Christian Cachin
Mirjam Eggen
Language english
Course Page

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Schedules and Rooms

Period On Appointment
Location UniBE, UniS


Evaluation type continuous evaluation

Additional information


First Lecture
An information event will take place online on Wednesday, 16.12.2020 at 17:30 (send email for obtaining the details).

Places are limited and registration is required.