Seminar Law and Computer Science: Distributed Trust in Finance

This interdisciplinary seminar is offered jointly by the Institute for Civil Law and the Institute of Computer Science. Students of computer science and law will work closely together on questions that arise from tensions between the progressing digitalization of the world and the existing law. Participants will work in interdisciplinary groups, and each group addresses one specific problem from a legal perspective and from a technical perspective. The goal is to provide assessments and to develop solutions for the problem from both perspectives.

The topic of the seminar in Spring 2022 will be distributed trust in finance. Recent progress in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies has led to new forms of financial instruments, markets, exchanges, and services. Those structures are realized only through open-source protocols on public networks, without real-world or legal intermediaries. This field is often summarized as Decentralized Finance (DeFi). Dozens of billions (in CHF) have been invested into Decentralized Finance so far.


Code 01892
Type Seminar
Site Bern
Track(s) T0 – General
Semester S2022


Learning Outcomes

Students are able to

  • read and critically analyze legal and/or technical background in the area;
  • discuss material in the technical and/or the legal domain;
  • demonstrate how to work in a team and contribute to questions beyond their own discipline;
  • 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
Christian Sillaber
Language english
Course Page

The course page in ILIAS can be found at

Schedules and Rooms

Period On Appointment
Location UniBE, UniS
Room S 101


Evaluation type continuous evaluation

Additional information


First Lecture
The first lecture will take place on Friday, 25.02.2022 at 13:15 in UniBE, UniS, room B -105

Information session: 15.12.2021, 17:30
Start of the registration period: 15.12.2021, 18:00
Seminar day 1: 25.02.2022, 13:00 – 16:00
Seminar day 2: 13.05.2022, ca. 08:30 – 17:00

There are still some free spots available for students in Computer Science. If you are interested to participate, please contact Christian Cachin by email until 21 February 2022.