CFP: 1st Future of Law Conference—The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Intelligent Machines

1st Future of Law Conference: The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Intelligent Machines
Call for Papers
School of Law, Singapore Management University
26–27 October 2017


The Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA), School of Law, Singapore Management University, is pleased to announce the first Future of Law Conference: The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Intelligent Machines, to take place on 26–27 October 2017 in Singapore.

The Conference aims to bring together the leading thinkers in academia and practice in the field of information technology law to discuss the legal and regulatory implications of recent technological developments. In particular, the first edition of the Conference will focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchains and crypto-ledgers, machine learning, predictive analytics, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Augmented Reality.

To what extent, if any, does the practical deployment of these technologies challenge the existing legal and regulatory framework? To what extent do they change commercial practices? Will machine learning and smart contracts annihilate the legal profession? Will the Internet of Things blur the division between home and retail environments? What happens if we move from screens and keyboards to voice-based user interfaces? Is technological progress synonymous with the end of privacy? Are new forms of consumer protection required? What is the relevance of bitcoin? What is the impact of crypto-ledgers? Are there reasons to be concerned and plan for legal responses or…. is it all just hype?


We invite papers on legal issues relating to the said technologies. Tentative topics include:

  • Privacy and information security
  • New transacting & marketing models, e.g. apps, platforms, sharing economy, smart contracts, ubiquitous computing
  • Paperless trade
  • Legal technology & computational law
  • FinTech, Banking Regulations, Crypto-currencies

Call for Papers

Scholars who are interested in presenting their papers at the conference can submit their abstracts. CEBCLA welcomes both senior and junior academics from a variety of legal disciplines, including intellectual property law, contract law, international law as well as academics specializing in law and regulation.  We also welcome submissions that include interdisciplinary scholarship. The conference has a commercial focus. Priority will therefore be given to those presenters who address the practical legal implications of the said technologies.

Interested scholars should submit their request to present by emailing their contact information including their academic affiliation, a short bio (not exceeding 300 words), a title and an abstract of their paper (not exceeding 500 word) as a Word or PDF attachment to CEBCLA to the following email address:

More information will be provided on the conference website, which will be available by 31 March 2017.


The deadline to submit an abstract is 15 April 2017. Late requests will be considered based on availability. We will send notifications of acceptance to selected applicants by 30 April 2017.

The Conference program will be available by 1 August 2017.

There is no paper publication requirement to present. Please note, however, that at present it is planned to publish selected papers in a special edition of a prestigious academic journal. We will distribute in advance soft-copy (PDF) abstracts of the papers to be presented. Participants who are interested in having their papers published are requested to submit a full paper (preferably the final draft) by 1 October 2017. Please inform us in advance if do not wish your paper to be considered for publication. Although preference is given to full papers, we will also consider abstracts relating to works-in-progress.

Conference Schedule (subject to minor changes)

The Conference will take place in the new building of the SMU School of Law, 55 Armenian Street, Singapore. It will start on Thursday 26 October 2017 at 9.00 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks).  The Conference will resume on Friday 27 October 2017 at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks).

The Conference format will blend formal presentations and lectures, with interactive panels and informal workshops.

The time allotted to each presentation will depend on the final number of presenters. We encourage participants to reserve some of their allocated time for questions and comments.


Please note that the costs of travel and accommodation are to be borne by the individual presenters. We will provide the meals during lunch breaks and light refreshments. More information about a conference dinner will be provided on the website.