Sun 16 Jan 2022 16:10 - 16:30 at Salon III - Long talks #5 Chair(s): Jonathan Protzenko

We present a smart legal contract platform to support a wide range of smart legal contract use cases. We see this as step towards improving existing approaches towards representing the complexity of legal agreements and executing aspects of these agreements.

The smart contract is a coded computer pro-gram that will automatically execute when something triggers it. In contrast, the smart legal contract is a legal agreement in digital and executable code that connects terms and can interact with other software systems.

Clack et al. (2016) provides an encompassing definition of smart contract and smart legal contract by considering the operational aspect and legal focus of both while basing the definition in the topics of automation and enforce-ability:

”A smart contract is an automatable and en-forceable agreement. Automatable by computer, although some parts may require human input and control. Enforceable either by legal enforcement of rights and obligations or via tamper-proof execution of computer code.

Presentation (ProLALa 22 - Ergo final.pdf)10.84MiB
Ergo - a programming language for Smart Legal Contracts (ProLaLa_2022_General_Accord-7.pdf)505KiB

Sun 16 Jan

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16:10 - 16:30
Long talks #5ProLaLa at Salon III
Chair(s): Jonathan Protzenko Microsoft Research, Redmond
Ergo - a programming language for Smart Legal ContractsRemote
Niall Roche Mishcon de Reya,University College London,Accord Project, Jerome Simeon Clause, Walter Hernandez Mishcon de Reya,Accord Project, Eason Chen Accord Project, Dan Selman Docusign,Accord Project
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