The Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law


November 28, 2018 - January 24, 2019


8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Osgoode Professional Development


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

Delivery Method

In Person


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

November 28 - November 29, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST

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

January 23 - January 24, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST

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

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Osler Speakers

Blair Wiley, Partner, Corporate, Osler

Evan Thomas, Associate, Litigation, Osler


Registration Info

Register today to secure your place. 

Developed & Hosted by: Osgoode Professional Development. For event inquiries, please email These sessions are offered in person and online.


Cost to attend: 

Individual Module: $1,195 plus HST

Certificate: $2,195 plus HST

OsgoodePD has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the LSO.

Certificate: Eligible CPD Hours - LSO (ON): 28h (25h Substantive, 3h Professionalism) Module 1: LSO (ON): 14h CPD (12h 30m Substantive; 1h 30m Professionalism) Module 2: LSO (ON): 14h CPD (12h 30m Substantive; 1h 30m Professionalism) 

CLE/CPD Credit Information

Ontario – Professionalism - 3

Ontario – Substantive - 25


Evan Thomas

Counsel, Litigation