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Interpret and plan for global market change through this educational course developed for lawyers, business leaders, managers and influencers with an interest in blockchain.

The Osgoode Certificate on Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law is designed to cohesively integrate relevant information on governance, regulation, policy, law and distributed ledger systems in a way that is tailored to help you to understand the implications how blockchain works, and its potential impact.

Designed to help lawyers, financial services and business professionals, entrepreneurs, government officials and public administrators better understand the technical underpinnings of blockchain, how it will likely interact with existing legal and financial systems, and what opportunities exist for innovation in blockchain systems.

The certificate bridges a wide gap that exists today between specialist and generalist knowledge in this multidisciplinary field. The certificate is ideal for anyone with a keen interest in blockchain technology.

Module 1 – The Fundamentals of Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law (Registration for Module 1 is now closed)

Get a solid grounding in the legal structure and fundamental principles that are essential foundations for any business or legal professional involved in this rapidly evolving area. Topics include:

  • Context and concepts of Blockchains
  • Understanding blockchains and distributed ledger ecosystems
  • Learn why blockchain stands out
  • Understanding the regulatory and legislative frameworks
  • Cryptography and blockchain, including their relationship to Bitcoin

Module 2 – Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts: Understanding the Challenges and Legal issues

Learn the foundations of cryptocurrencies and explore their economic implications. Acknowledged experts – from both a technical and economic perspective – will provide a solid grounding of core concepts, providing an overview of the legal landscape while also highlighting the broad range of legal issues raised by various applications of this technology and the legal and regulatory responses to date.

  • Cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings and Characterizing Blockchain Tokens
  • Smart Contracts and Decentralized Applications
  • Competently Advising through Blockchain Innovation
  • Analyzing the Nature of Blockchain Transactions and Differences in Business Models

PLUS! You will have the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice. All participants will go through the process of creating a smart legal agreement (‘smart contract’).


Program Director

  • Amy ter Haar, Founder, Global Blockchain Consultants

Faculty includes

  • Ana Badour, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
  • Charlene Cieslik, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Coinsquare
  • Dazza Greenwood, Partner, MIT Media Lab
  • Aaron Grinhaus, Partner, Grinhaus Law Firm
  • Joe Guagliardo, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Paul Horbal, Partner, Bereskin & Parr
  • Peter Hunn, Founder, Clause.io
  • Laila Paszti, Lawyer, GTC Law Group
  • Chetan Phull, Founder, Smartblock Law
  • Matt Rappard, Founder, 3 Lefts
  • Parna Sabet-Stephenson, Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Usman Sheikh, Partner, Gowling WLP
  • Evan Thomas, Associate, Osler LLP
  • Peter Todd, Bitcoin Core Developer, Applied Cryptography Consultant
  • Blair Wiley, Partner, Osler LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 8 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive an Osgoode Certificate upon successful completion of the program. 

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Amy ter Haar at aterhaar@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

Module 2:

January 23, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm EST
January 24, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm EST


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

Individual Module
$1,195 plus HST

$2,195 plus HST

Register for Module 2

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers
  • Banking, financial services and business professionals
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Government officials
  • Public administrators
  • General counsel and in-house counsel
  • Anti-money laundering professionals
  • Federal and provincial regulators
  • Compliance and risk management professionals
  • Management consultants and technology consultants
  • Business leaders, managers and influencers who want insight and knowledge of blockchain technology and examples of its uses

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Media Partner

Angel Investors Ontario

“The panels featured people who were the most knowledgeable and experienced in the field. These were the people you wanted to be learning this stuff from.”

Stephen Pederson
UBC SmartContractors

“Very stimulating, lots new new information presented well.”

Allan Weinbaum
WJ Properties

“Excellent speakers and attendees. Good networking!.. The world is waking up to blockchain. Even the older law firms are getting involved”

Karsten Arend
Pres., Director, BitRush Corp.

“…Well organized, comprehensive and thoughtful.”

Leon Damonze
Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario

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