Cyberspace Law Committee Newsletter - March 2020


In This Issue

Business & Corporate

Current Law Task Force

The next meeting of the Current Law Task Force will be Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 AM CT. The Current Law Task Force hosts regular calls to discuss new developments and emerging issues, as well as opportunities to publish updates to ABA members through various ABA publications. This is a great opportunity to be involved with the Committee’s work and get published – especially if you are not able to attend ABA BLS/Cyberspace Law Committee meetings in person.

Business & Corporate

Cyber Insurance Subcommittee

At the 2020 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting, the Cyber Insurance Subcommittee had interesting discussions concerning cyber insurance topics, including cyber insurance coverages and the practical issues that arise in obtaining coverage, how policy wording differences can affect coverage, and recent case law on coverage for cyber claims under standard lines and cyber insurance policies. These were to be addressed by a panel at the Spring Business Law Section meeting in Boston, and we are exploring alternatives for sharing this information.

Business & Corporate

Smart Contracts and Blockchain Technology Subcommittee

At the 2020 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting, the Smart Contracts and Blockchain Technology Subcommittee had another interesting discussion. David McCarville, our guest speaker, discussed potential applications of blockchain technology and smart contracts and potential liability issues in various areas. David is a practicing attorney in Arizona and an Adjunct Professor at Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.

Business & Corporate

Committee Member News

Sarah Jane Hughes was a featured speaker at the annual symposium sponsored by the University of Texas' Law School's Texas Journal of International Law. This year, the symposium was jointly sponsored by the Strauss Center on National Security at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and was aimed at Blockchain Technologies and International Law. Sarah Jane's presentation posed two questions: Can blockchain technologies make us safer? Will cryptocurrencies make us less safe? The answers to both questions in her view are YES, and YES.