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Blockchain + The Law
On February 3, 2022, Dr. Thibault Schrepel (VU Amsterdam/Stanford) is organizing a conference entitled "Blockchain + The Law" and dedicated to exploring the synergies between the two. Top U.S. and E.U. officials will join the conversation for what promises to be a groundbreaking event.
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Hester Peirce
Commissioner @United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was sworn in on January 11, 2018. Prior to joining the SEC, Commissioner Peirce conducted research on the regulation of financial markets at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was a Senior Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where she advised Ranking Member Richard Shelby and other members of the Committee on securities issues. Commissioner Peirce served as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. She also worked as a Staff Attorney in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. Commissioner Peirce was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims. Commissioner Peirce earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and her JD from Yale Law School.
Tina van der Linden
Assistant Professor @VU Amsteerdam
Tina van der Linden (formerly known as Tina Smith) started her carreer as a computer programmer, before switching to academia in 1986. She defended her PhD thesis on legal expert systems in 1994 at Utrecht University. After that, she has been involved in teaching and research in the broad field of Information Technology Law. She joined the Vrije Universiteit in 2017, teaching Blockchain and AI on both bachelor and master-level. She supervises many master theses, and she is involved in the supervision of various PhD students.
Noah Joshua Phillips
Commissioner @Federal Trade Commission
President Donald J. Trump nominated Noah Joshua Phillips to be a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Phillips unanimously on April 26, 2018. Before coming to the FTC, Phillips served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2011 to 2018, he advised Senator Cornyn on legal and policy matters including antitrust, constitutional law, consumer privacy, fraud, and intellectual property. Prior to his Senate service, Phillips worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in New York City, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C. Phillips began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment bank in New York City. Phillips received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Makan Delrahim
Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division @US Department of Justice
Makan Delrahim was confirmed on September 27, 2017, as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. Mr. Delrahim previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel. Mr. Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of industries, issues, and institutions touched upon by the work of the Antitrust Division. He is a former partner in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm. He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections. During that time, he played an integral role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts and was involved in civil and criminal matters. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. Mr. Delrahim was also a Commissioner on the Antitr
Frédéric Jenny
Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee @OECD
Frédéric Jenny is Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee since 1994, Professor at ESSEC Paris Business School and Head of the International Committee of the Review Concurrences. He is also Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics of ESSEC since 2008. He was previously Non Executive Director of the Office of Fair Trading in the United Kingdom for for 7 years, Judge on the French Supreme Court from 2004 to August 2012, Vice Chair of the French Competition Authority from 9 years and President of the WTO Working Group on Trade and Competition from 1997 to 2004. He has a Ph.D. in Economics (University Paris II) and a Master’s in Economics (Harvard University). His research areas concern the relationship between structure and performance in European countries, particularly France, antitrust legislation in Europe. He was Global Professor of Antitrust in the New York University School of Law’s Hauser Global Law School (2014), visiting professor at University College London
Martijn Snoep
Chairman @Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets
Since September 1, 2018, Martijn Snoep has been the Chairman of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). Mr. Snoep obtained his law degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Until his appointment at ACM, he worked at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for 28 years. Operating from both their Amsterdam and Brussels locations, Mr. Snoep gave advice to businesses about the application of competition law in the Netherlands and abroad. As managing partner, he stood at the helm of the firm between 2010 and 2016.
Thibault Schrepel
Associate Professor @VU Amsterdam
Dr. Thibault Schrepel, LL.M., is an Associate Professor of Law at VU Amsterdam University where he co-directs the Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute, and a Faculty Affiliate at Stanford University CodeX Center where he has created the “Computational Antitrust” project that brings together over 55 antitrust agencies. Thibault also holds research and teaching positions at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sciences Po Paris. He is a Harvard University Berkman Center alumnus, a member of the French Superior Audiovisual Council’s scientific board, also, a blockchain expert appointed to the World Economic Forum and the World Bank.
Péteris Zilgalvis
Judge @EU General Court
By decision of 8 September 2021, the representatives of the Governments of the Member States appointed Mr Pēteris Zilgalvis as Judge of the General Court of the European Union for the period from 10 September 2021 to 31 August 2025.
Lukas Repa
Senior Policy Officer @European Commission
Lukas Repu is a Senior Policy Officer at the EU Commission. After working at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) as fellow at the Institute for European Studies (2018-19) he has more recently joined the Directorate General CONNECT of the EU Commission to work on innovation, start up funding and blockchain. Lukas is a lawyer by training with 19 years of professional experience in law firms and at the European Commission in Belgium, Brussels. He has a strong sectorial expertise in financial and energy markets and in competition policy. In the European Commission, his assignments involve managing teams of experts for conducting market analyses and investigations as well as policy initiatives.
Arno R. Lodder
Professor @VU Amsterdam
Arno R. Lodder is a professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Department Transnational Legal Studies, Centre for Law and Internet). In his research and lecturing he focuses on topics related to law and internet, such as liability, contracting, security, privacy, freedom of speech, cybercrime; and phenomena related to big data, social media, cyberwar, internet of things, smart devices and apps.