Blockchain-based smart contracts and conflict rules for business-to-business operations

Blockchain-based smart contracts y normas de conflicto para operaciones entre profesionales

DOI: 10.17103/reei.41.16

Georgina Garriga Suau

Resumen

En los últimos años, la irrupción de la tecnología blockchain ha incrementado la proyección de los smart contracts en el escenario del comercio internacional, no sin plantear algunos problemas, en particular, por lo que respecta al Derecho internacional privado. Este artículo, por lo tanto, aborda tales problemas en el ámbito del conflicto de leyes desde una perspectiva business-to-business, dejando de lado los problemas planteados por las normas de conflicto orientadas a proteger a la parte débil del contrato. El análisis, sin embargo, empieza con una aproximación general a los dos conceptos objeto de este artículo: los smart contracts y la tecnología blockchain.

Abstract

In recent years, the irruption of blockchain technology has enhanced the impact of smart contracts in the international trade scenario, although not without raising some problems, particularly, in terms of Private International Law. This paper, thus, addresses such problems when it comes to determining the applicable law from a business-to-business perspective leaving aside the particular problems raised by the conflict-of-law rules oriented to protect the weaker party to a contract. The analysis, however, starts with a general approach to the two concepts which are the object of this paper: smart contracts and blockchain technology.

Palabras clave

Blockchain; Smart contracts; Bitcoin; ETHEREUM; Derecho internacional privado; normas de conflicto; Reglamento Roma I.

Keywords

Blockchain; Smarts Contracts; Bitcoin; ETHEREUM; Private International Law; Conflict rules; Rome I Regulation.

About the author/s

Georgina Garriga Suau

Profesora Agregrada Serra Húnter de Derecho internacional privado de la Universitat de Barcelona

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