E-bills and smart contracts – end of the paper trail?


April 27, 2017

The advent of an electronic solution to paper bills of lading has been anticipated since the 1970s. E-bills have arrived but are yet to be fully embraced by the shipping industry. Similarly, there is growing interest in digitizing bills of lading using smart contracts, particularly when deployed in conjunction with distributed ledger and blockchain solutions, but again, significant deployment is yet to be achieved. Radical change may be imminent but how do these developments fit within the legal and regulatory framework? 

Topics our speakers will cover include:

  • The problems with paper bills of lading and how e-bills have tried to provide solutions
  • Why e-bills have not yet achieved industry-wide acceptance
  • Smart contracts and their potential use cases in shipping industry
  • The legal considerations that need to be addressed before smart contracts achieve critical mass
  • The technology surrounding smart contracts

Speakers include:

  • Charlotte Winter, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Victoria Birch, Of counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Professor Peter McBurney, King's College

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