A critical analysis of the risks associated with crypto-currencies

  • Caroline Swinton

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Laws


    This work explores the development of crypto-currencies – a subset of virtual currencies. It aims to provide a legal analysis of the key issues, namely investor protection (or lack thereof) and the use and classification of crypto-currencies. The work analyses domestic and European legislation to explore the protections currently afforded and classification of crypto-currencies under the current legislative framework. In the latter section of the work focus will shift to consideration of the extension of the current legislative framework or consider if the sui generis nature of crypto-currencies suggests bespoke regulation is required.

    The work aims to provide a starting point to assist further research in considering the exact mechanics of appropriate regulation.
    Date of Award2015
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorStuart Cross (Supervisor)

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