Smart Contract Dispute Resolution: The Inescapable Flaws of Blockchain-Based Arbitration

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Over two hundred and fifty million transactions occurred on the Ethereum blockchain in 2018. This staggering level of digital commerce was powered almost entirely by “smart contracts,” or self-executing chunks of computer code that immutably transfer assets between users. Proponents of blockchain technology see these automated, irreversible agreements as one of Ethereum’s greatest innovations, offering a virtually costless contractual enforcement mechanism. Some early adopters have even claimed that electronic asset-transference has rendered traditional contract law entirely obsolete.

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