Resource List - DAO Legal


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Publications on the subject of the legal status of The DAO

Blockchain- and Cryptocurrency-Related Legal Issues: A Research Roadmap

Crypto Law Review – Medium journal

Most Cited Decentralized Autonomous Organization Publications

Fintech, Bitcoins, Blockchains, Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs): the future is bright, the future is decentralized

Public sources:

SEC Report of Investigation Pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: The DAO

Legal framework for distributed ledger technology and blockchain in Switzerland

Application of Howey to Blockchain network token sales

Overviews from legal firms:

“Decentralized Autonomous Organizations” by Allen & Overy

“Report: Blockchain, smart contracts and DAO” by Wardyński & Partners

“SMART CONTRACTS: Is the Law Ready?” by DLA Piper

“Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications” by Perkins Coie LLP

Misc articles:

“Deconstructing the DAO: the need for legal recognition and the application of securities laws to Decentralized Organizations” by Laila Metjahic

“Blockchain and the Law: A Critical Evaluation” by João Pedro Quintais, Balázs Bodó, Alexandra Giannopoulou and Valeria Ferrari

“Legal aspects of the Decentralized Autonomous Organizations” by Aleksei Gudkov

“The Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) and Ethereum: self-regulation taken to new heights” by Jim Apollo Mathiopoulos

“ICO’s, DAO’s, and the SEC: A Partnership Solution” by Ori Oren

“Bitcoin and the Blockchain as Possible Corporate Governance Tools: Strengths and Weaknesses” by Fiammetta S. Piazza

“DAOs, Democracy and Governance” by Ralph C. Merkle

“Legal Personhood: Animals, Artificial Intelligence and the Unborn” by Visa A.J. Kurki and Tomasz Pietrzykowski

“Corporate Governance and Blockchains” by David Yermack

“The Decentralized Autonomous Organization” by Felix Fuith

“The Rise of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations: Coordination and Growth within Cryptocurrencies” by Ying-Ying Hsieh

“Legal Recognition of Blockchain Registries and Smart Contracts” by Dr Robert Herian

“Malta: Legal Personality For Blockchains, DAOs And Smart Contracts” by Max Ganado

“Decentralized autonomous organizations and the law” by Amanda Langwagen Elfstroem

“Rule of Law Versus Rule of Code: A Blockchain-Driven Legal World” by Gabrielle Patrick and Anurag Bana

“A Legal Primer to the Age of Crypto-Governance: Smart Contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations and Initial Coin Offerings” by Meric Sar

“The Tao of The DAO: Taxing an Entity That Lives on a Blockchain” by David J. Shakow

“If Rockefeller Were a Coder” by Carla L. Reyes


“Legal compliant DAOs” by Qianchen Yu

“Legal DeFi” by Jacek Czarnecki

“Legal Personality” by Huge Karp

Primavera de Fillipi (author of Blockchain and the Law)

EB125 – Florian Glatz: Defining A Legal Framework For Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO)

EB135 – Stephen Palley: Lawmodynamics And How To Sue A DAO

Weekly Genesis Digests

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DAOs and the interaction with the physical world by Tristan Roberts

OpenLaw and Aragon collaboration on an LLC-DAO: E-Commerce with Legal and Blockchain Security by Ross Campbell

Blockchain legal issues with DAOs by Marcin Zduniak

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