Below is the abstract for “Machines and Contractual Intent,” available for download on SSRN.

Machines are making contracts—law is not ready. This paper describes why machine-made contracts do not fit easily into the common law of contracts or the Uniform Commercial Code for Sales. It discusses three ways to fit machine-made contracts into common law and discusses the challenges with each approach. Then it presents a new UCC Sales provision that uses Web3 concepts like blockchain to certify machine-made contracts in traditional legal systems.


Seth C. Oranburg

Duquesne University School of Law

Seth C. Oranburg first joined the Duquesne Law faculty in August 2016 after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law. Oranburg teaches and writes in the areas of Contracts, Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship, Securities Regulation, and Venture Capital Law.


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