As a kick-off to its Second Annual Fintech Week to be held 5-8 November, 2018, Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law will co-host with the International Monetary Fund a two-day research and policy conference on cryptoassets. The conference—which will gather some of the world’s leading legal experts, economists, tech developers and regulators—will analyze the operation, utility, and regulation of cryptoassets (and where relevant, accompanying blockchain technologies) across global market, economic and legal ecosystems.
In preparation for the conference, which will be held at both the Georgetown University Law Center and IMF headquarters, the organizers are requesting proposals to be submitted for papers. Selected papers will be included in a joint International Monetary Fund-Georgetown publication to be released in conjunction with the conference. We welcome submissions from academics as well as experts from the governmental, non-profit and private sectors.

Sample Topics:

Papers from any discipline that significantly advance academic and policy understandings of cryptoassets are welcome for consideration. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• Benchmarking the latest data on usage, storage, mining and transacting of cryptoassets

• The impact of cryptoassets and blockchain technology on monetary policy and financial stability

• Prudential oversight: regulating ICOs, Cryptocurrency Futures, trading infrastructures and ETFs

• Cryptoassets and regulatory sandboxes (a comparative analysis)

• Central bank digital currencies

• Cryptoassets and financial crime

• Industry Best Practices

How to Submit:

Paper proposals are due by July 15th, 2018, and should be sent to IIEL via email at with the subject line “IMF-GU Paper Submission.” Submissions should include the full name and contact information of the authors, as well as an accompanying CV. Drafts must be available for public consumption by late October. Please contact IIEL with any questions, or if your organization would like to support Fintech Week programming.

Save the Date for Fintech Week 2018:

Mark your calendars and “Save the Date” to attend the 2nd Annual Fintech Week, November 5-8, 2018.

Download a Printable Copy of the Call for Papers