Blockchains Working Group

The blockchains working group, founded by Juliette Sénéchal, Director of the Contract, Consumer and E-commerce Law Pole and Célia Zolynski, Co-Director of the Intellectual Property and Digital Law Pole, met on several occasions during 2017, involving various speakers on topics such as cryptographic currency (for example bitcoin), Ethereum blockchain, "smarts contracts", the legal and financial risks of the blockchain.


- 5 February 2018 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Institut de droit comparé, Université Paris II, in the salle du laboratoire.

Intervention "The legal issues related to connected objects operating on blockchains" by Primavera de Filippi, researcher at CERSA (mixed unit of the CNRS and the Université Paris 2)

- 9 April 2018 from 9h to 11h

Intervention "The impact of blockchains on company law" by Hubert de Vauplane, barrister, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, who led the Paris Europlace report on "The impacts of distributed networks and blockchain technology in market activity".

- 6 June 2018 from 13h to 16h, at the Institut de droit comparé, Université Paris II, in the salle du laboratoire.

Maître Vincent Fauchoux, barrister, Cabinet Deprez Guignot Associés, presentation of a case of use of blockchain technology.
Mr Stéphane Caporali, consultant specialised in computer security, discussion on issues related to security and anonymity on blockchains.

- 17 September 2018 from 9:00 to 12:30, at the Institut de droit comparé, Université Paris II, in the salle du laboratoire.

Xavier Costaz and Anthony Rival, presentation of the blockchain project implemented by SACEM.
Mrs Véronique Magnier, Professor at Université Paris-Sud and Mr Patrick Barban, Professor at the Université du Havre, presentation on the impact of blockchains in the area of company law.

- The Contract, Consumer and E-Commerce Law Pole will participate in a panel hosted by ELI on blockchains in Riga on 7 September 2018.
Presentation on "The legal and financial risks of blockchains" on 7 December 2017 by Simon Polrot, co-founder of the start-up "VariabL" dedicated to handling the financial risks generated by blockchains and secretary of the "Chaintech" association.
Working Group: Digital Content Expertise

As part of the negotiations for the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of  supply of digital content contracts, the expertise in the Contract, Consumer and E-commerce Pole, co-directed by Juliette Sénéchal and Natacha Sauphanor-Brouillaud, and Intellectual Property and Digital Law Pole, co-directed by Célia Zolynski and Nathalie Martial-Braz, were approached by the 3A office of the DGCCRF (Ministry of the Economy and Finance) as well as by the direction des affaires civiles et du sceau, the Ministry of Culture and the SGAE.

The working group has published proposals to amend the wording of the draft directive, with comments, in the February 2017 issue of the "Contracts, Competition and Consumer" Review (LexisNexis).

J. Sénéchal, N. Sauphanord-Brouillaud, (eds.) La proposition de directive du Parlement européen et du Conseil concernant certains aspects des contrats de fourniture de contenu numérique COM (2015) 634, Expertise of the Trans Europe Experts network and of the INRIA solicited by the DGGCFB office 3A, February 2017, Revue Contrats Concurrence Consommation, pp. 21-56
In 2015, during the Contract law reform project, the Contract, Consumer and E-commerce pole responded to the consultation of the Ministry of Justice on the draft ordonnance reforming French contract law by a series of proposals.
In 2014, a new working group was created: INTENSIV'PRIV, which brings together experts from several different poles of Trans Europe Experts. This group is co-organised by the Contract, Consumer and E-commerce Law and Competition Law Poles.
The "Crowdfunding" working group ended at the beginning of 2015, with the publication of a book: "THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF CROWDFUNDING, PROSPECTIVE ANALYZES" (Tome 11 collection Trans Europe Experts).

The working group on "personal data" ended at the end of 2014, including the publication of a book in French (Tome 9 collections Trans Europe Experts).

On 13 June 2014, in the amphitheater of the Bibliothèque Sainte Barbe, the Crowdfunding Morning: Meetings and Debates organized by TEE's "Crowdfunding" group in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche Juridique de la Sorbonne (IRJS).

1st Round table: Common legal issues relating to the different categories of crowdfunding
2nd Round table: Legal issues relating to crowdfunding by capital shares
3rd Round table: Participatory Financing by loan
4th Round table: Legal issues relating to private funding by donations

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