Law 3.0: blockchain, smart contracts, web 3.0, NFTs

Law 3.0: blockchain, smart contracts, web 3.0, NFTs

In a continuously evolving society, there is a need for “Law 3.0” following the new decentralized technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, web 3.0, non-fungible tokens (NFT’s), etc. EY Law Belgium lawyer Pieter-Jan Aerts has authored various publications on blockchain and smart contracting, including one of the key volumes on smart contracts in Belgium. Consequently, EY Law is well positioned to support you on your web 3.0 projects from a legal perspective. More than just following the hypercycle, the EY Law team has academic and practical experience in dealing with decentralized technologies. In light hereof, we can assist you with any queries you might have in the below areas:



Blockchain is a decentralized and distributed ledger technology that records and verifies transactions across a network of computers. Each transaction is grouped into a ‘block’, and these blocks are linked together in a chronological and unalterable chain. This design ensures transparency, security, and immutability of the recorded information, making it difficult to tamper with or alter historical data. Blockchain is often associated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin an Ethereum, but the blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize many industries, including supply chain management, healthcare and many others.


Smart Contracts

A smart contract is software or code typically running on a blockchain that automatically executes and enforces when certain conditions are met . Once these conditions are fulfilled, the contract’s actions are carried out without the need for intermediaries. Smart contracts streamline processes, reduce the need for trust between parties, and enhance efficiency by automating tasks that traditionally required manual intervention. For these reasons, smart contracts are used in various industries, from finance and real estate to supply chain management.


Web 3.0

While Web 1.0 featured static web pages with limited user interaction, Web 2.0 introduced dynamic content with user-generated participation. Web 3.0 goes even further and leverages technologies like blockchain, aiming for decentralized data storage and seamless cross-platform communication. It empowers users with greater data control and fosters the development of decentralized applications on blockchain networks. This transition envisions a more user-centric, secure, and efficient online environment, emphasizing data sovereignty and enabling a new generation of innovative and interconnected digital services.


Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

Non-Fungible Tokens or NFTs, are digital certificates of ownership and authenticity that use blockchain technology to uniquely represent items like art, music, videos, and collectibles. Unlike cryptocurrencies, NFTs are distinct and can’t be exchanged on a one-to-one basis, making each one unique and valuable. They enable creators to tokenize their digital creations, providing a secure and verifiable way for buyers to own and trade one-of-a-kind digital assets, while also revolutionizing how we perceive ownership and value in the digital realm.


Do not hesitate to reach out to learn more about how our law firm can help you navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding smart contracts, blockchain, web 3.0 and NFTs.