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News and Legal Analysis on Blockchain from Bloomberg Law  (Bloomberg login required)
This Bloomberg page gathers legal resources on blockchain and includes explanatory/foundational information, legal analysis, and news.

Bloomberg Law Banking Daily (Bloomberg login required)
This Bloomberg resource provides news and analysis of banking legislation, regulatory policy, litigation, and investment at state and federal levels.

Bloomberg Law Electronic Commerce & Law Report (Bloomberg login required)
This Bloomberg resource provides coverage of national and international legal developments and trends relating to the digital economy.

Morrison Cohen’s Cryptocurrency Litigation Tracker
The MoCo Cryptocurrency Litigation Tracker is a resource from the Morrison Cohen law firm that provides information and updates on litigation across U.S. Federal Courts and agencies related to cryptocurrency. 

Perkins Coie’s Virtual Currency Report
Virtual Currency Report is a blog from the Perkins Coie law firm that provides news and analysis on legal developments relating to Bitcoin and other decentralized virtual currencies, math-based currencies, and decentralized ledgers.

Proskauer’s Blockchain and the Law Blog
This blog, from law firm Proskauer Rose, reports on legal developments related to blockchain.


ABI/INFORM is a searchable database of business-related articles from thousands of English-language journals worldwide.  A good starting point for this resource is the ProQuest LibGuide that explains how to use it.

Academic Search Premier  
Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary database of scholarly journals and popular magazines.

Google Scholar 
Google Scholar allows searching of multidisciplinary scholarly literature including articles, papers, these, books, abstracts, and technical reports from a wide variety of resources such as journals, repositories, and the web.

Legal Journals Index (Westlaw password required) 
This Westlaw resources is an index of articles published in European law journals and articles covering topics pertaining to the laws of the European Union and its Member States from 1986 to the present.

Science Direct
ScienceDirect is an index to journal articles and book chapters from over 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books on scientific, medical, and technical topics.


The Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act provides a statutory framework for the regulation of companies engaging in virtual-currency business acts. The Act was drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform Laws. The Act, drafts, official comments, and other materials are available from the Uniform Law Commission

The following federal government agencies have addressed blockchain and cryptocurrencies. To search all federal government sites at once, use

Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
The CFTC regulates commodities futures under the Commodity Exchange Act; the Commission’s web site has a page devoted to their resources on virtual currency.

CFTC’s SmartCheck
This site links to resources for virtual market participants and customers, including consumer advisories, primers, and podcasts.  It is designed to be a primer for the layperson.

Federal Trade Commission
The FTC protects consumers against deceptive and unfair business practices. On their web site, you can find FTC documents from enforcement actions and news releases related to virtual currency.

Financial Crime Enforcement Network
FinCEN is a bureau within the U.S. Department of the Treasury that is in charge of enforcing the Bank Secrecy Act. Relevant information on their web site includes agency guidance and rulings.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
FINRA is an independent, non-governmental regulator of U.S. brokers and dealers. Its web site includes investor alerts and reports relevant to cryptocurrency.

Internal Revenue Service
The IRS web site has guidance and notices related to virtual currencies.

Securities and Exchange Commission’s Finhub
The mission of the SEC is to “protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.” Its web site has reports, releases, and official statements regarding cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.


Below is a short list of online treatises related to blockchain. You can search for other resources in the ASU catalog by using subject headings such as: BlockchainBitcoin; and Money--law and legislation.


Digital Currencies: International Actions and Regulations
This chart has summaries of countries’ laws for digital currencies. It is from Perkins Coie LLP’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group.

European Banking Authority  
The European Banking Authority is the EU agency that deals with virtual currency.

Regulation of Cryptocurrency in Selected Jurisdictions 
This chart by the Law Library of Congress was prepared in 2018 and describes the cryptocurrency laws of a number of countries.