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The legal nature of cryptoassets and their protection under property law

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dc.contributor.author Damia Patiño, Gregorio
dc.date.accessioned 2023-11-22T16:39:14Z
dc.date.available 2023-11-22T16:39:14Z
dc.date.issued 2023-11-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/58357
dc.description Treball de Fi de Màster: Màster Avançat en Ciències Jurídiques. Curs 2022-2023
dc.description Tutor: Nicola Lucchi
dc.description.abstract The digital revolution has produced a dematerialization of the economy and the rise of new digital assets such as Cryptoasssets. Legal operations involving cryptoassets, particularly bitcoin, are controversial and do not fit properly in any existing legal category, thus, there are many legal uncertainties still unanswered. While lawmakers around the world have focused their attention on the regulatory aspects of Bitcoin, the most fundamental question remains largely unanswered: what is the legal nature of cryptoassets? The aim of this paper is to try to answer the question from a property law perspective and to analyze whether a bitcoin can be considered as an object of property law. Regarding the Common Law system, I argue that a bitcoin can be considered as personal property, however, it is a matter of discussion whether the creation of a third category is necessary or whether it is enough to rationalize the choses in action category. In Civilian Systems there are two different predominant property systems: the French and the German. French modelled systems recognize the possibility of considering an incorporeal as a thing capable of being an object of property law, however, their scope and definition remains unclear and Civil Codes offer little information about it. On the other hand, German modelled systems restrict the notion of a thing to only tangible and corporeals objects. I argue that a bitcoin should be protected by civilian systems as a thing, based on a functional analysis focused on the characteristics of the object rather than in the previous existing categories.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
dc.subject.other Treball de fi de màster – Curs 2022-2023
dc.title The legal nature of cryptoassets and their protection under property law
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.subject.keyword Crpytoassets
dc.subject.keyword Cryptocurrencies
dc.subject.keyword Blockchain
dc.subject.keyword Property law
dc.subject.keyword Common law
dc.subject.keyword Civil law
dc.subject.keyword Incorporeal
dc.subject.keyword Intangibles
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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