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Lessons from International Law: How to reframe our thinking around crypto governance

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Lessons from International Law: How to reframe our thinking around crypto governance

Duration: 00:15:56

Speaker: Katherine Wu

Type: Talk

Expertise: Beginner

Event: Devcon 4

Date: Oct 2018

Governance challenges have plagued international politics since the beginning of time. As we think about governance in crypto, it's critical to understand the history of politics and law - because governance is inherently about human nature and behavior. Whether it's smart contracts, proof of stake, centralized nodes, or miner consolidation concerns, these are all rooted in age-old governance problems presented in a new form. In my presentation, I will cover the foundational principles of international law, its evolution, and how we can take those lessons and context and think about governance from a new perspective. Specifically, I will use examples of current global governance organization such as the UN (and its predecessor, the League of Nations), the ICJ (International Court of Justice), and the lessons that these organizations hold for the emerging field of crypto governance.

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Katherine Wu

Director, Business Development and Community

Katherine Wu is the Director of Business Development and Community Management at Messari, a New York-based crypto startup aimed at promoting transparency and smarter decision-making in the cryptoasset industry. Prior to Messari, Katherine has worked at Bank of China, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bank of America, and the U.S. State Department. Katherine holds a J.D. law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. She grew up moving between in Hong Kong and mainland China and has native fluency in Mandarin Chinese.

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