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Rethinking the Regulation of Cryptoassets

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Rethinking the Regulation of Cryptoassets

Cryptographic Consensus Technology and the New Prospect

9781800886780 Edward Elgar Publishing
Syren Johnstone, Executive Director of the Master of Laws in Compliance and Regulation programme, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Publication Date: September 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 678 0 Extent: c 320 pp
This thought-provoking book challenges the way we think about regulating cryptoassets. Bringing a timely new perspective, Syren Johnstone critiques the application of a financial regulation narrative to cryptoassets, questioning the assumptions on which it is based and whether regulations developed in the 20th century remain fit to apply to a technology emerging in the 21st..

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This thought-provoking book challenges the way we think about regulating cryptoassets. Bringing a timely new perspective, Syren Johnstone critiques the application of a financial regulation narrative to cryptoassets, questioning the assumptions on which it is based and whether regulations developed in the 20th century remain fit to apply to a technology emerging in the 21st..

Johnstone argues that the financial narrative stifles the ‘New Prospect’ for the formation of novel commercial relationships and institutional arrangements, suggesting it is time to think about how to regulate for the development of a polymorphic ecosystem. Johnstone concludes with proposals for reform, positing a new DBA framework that facilitates industry aspirations while remaining sustainable and compatible with regulatory objectives.

Rethinking the Regulation of Cryptoassets will be an invaluable read for policy makers, regulators and technologists looking for a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding cryptoasset regulation and possible alternative approaches. It will also be of interest to scholars and students researching the intersections of law, technology, regulation and finance.

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‘Cryptographic consensus technology presents extraordinary market opportunities but also raises a host of vexing regulatory challenges. Rethinking the Regulation of Cryptoassets maps this complex terrain and charts a way forward, offering a novel approach to the regulatory enterprise to protect against abuses while fostering innovation. Johnstone brings considerable legal, financial, and technological sophistication to the task, and his analysis is at once rigorous and accessible. This book will become essential reading on the future of cryptoassets.’
– Christopher Bruner, University of Georgia School of Law, US

‘The crypto industry moves fast and requires regulatory frameworks that can cater to that pace. Prof. Johnstone brings forward a number of ideas that are worth reflecting on as cryptoassets are definitely here to stay.’
– Henri Arslanian, Global Crypto Leader and Partner, PwC

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