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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: William Marino – Smart Contracts and Contract Law: An Uneasy Relationship

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Lunch and discussion begin at 12:30 p.m. No RSVP required from current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

Some smart contracts work to perfect the principles of contract law. Others strive to do away with contract law. A third group is merely indifferent. We will look at some of the friction here, diving into topics such as the altering and undoing of smart contracts, court enforcement of smart contracts, and the ways contract law principles can (or cannot) be embedded in smart contract code. Lastly, we’ll discuss how ancillary technologies such as computer vision and Internet of Things can, if desired, help smart contracts achieve contract law objectives.


Bill Marino is an attorney, a computer scientist, and a researcher for the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts, a partnership between professors at Cornell, University of Maryland, and UC-Berkeley. Bill holds a M.Eng. in Computer Science from Cornell, a JD from Columbia Law, and a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale. Previously, Bill was a litigation associate at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and the Data Science Fellow at Mashable.