SOAS University of London

Blockchains' Legal Puzzles and Trust Games to Guarantee Sustainable Commodity Supply Chains

Speaker: Dr Feja Lesniewska | School of Law/CISD SOAS University of London

Date: 8 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 8 February 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

Advocates claim that sustainable commodity supply chains could be optimised using Blockchain in conjunction with other Smart Technologies (AI, M2M Learning and IoT) benefitting the poor and the environment. Sustainable commodity supply chain governance can often be expensive, fraudulent and even unethical. High profile scandals in different sectors like agriculture, forestry and minerals have diminished consumers trust in the standards and certification schemes used to guarantee products sustainability. Participation in digitalised value exchange using a Blockchain distributed ledger database is deemed transparent, immutable and secure. Undoubtedly using Blockchain will reconfigure suppliers and consumers relations in sustainable commodity supply chains – the question is how, and what will be the outcomes. The interface between the digital realm and the physical world could turn out to be the weak link which damages the digital trust established by a Blockchain based system. This presentation explores the use of Blockchain to improve the performance of sustainable commodity supply chains in the mineral and forestry sectors. It will outline how digitalised trust-based value exchange is evolving and the emerging socio-legal issues.


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Feja Lesniewska - Blockchains & Sustainable Commodity Supply Chains


Feja Lesniewska is a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Her PhD was in international law-making processes in relation to forests based on fieldwork in China. She has also conducted fieldwork in West Africa, East Asia and Russia on a range of forest related issues including the illegal timber trade, community tenure rights and climate change. Feja is currently researching smart technologies impacts on environment, climate change and energy law and governance.

This event will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room G3 (main building) – All Welcome

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