Ergo – a programming language for Smart Legal Contracts Conference: ProLaLa 2022 – Programming Languages and the Law 2022

We present a smart legal contract platform to support a wide range of smart legal contract use cases. We see this as step towards improving existing approaches towards representing the complexity of legal agreements and executing aspects of these agreements.

The smart contract is a coded computer pro-gram that will automatically execute when something triggers it. In contrast, the smart legal contract is a legal agreement in digital and executable code that connects terms and can interact with other software systems.

Clack et al. (2016) provides an encompassing definition of smart contract and smart legal contract by considering the operational aspect and legal focus of both while basing the definition in the topics of automation and enforce-ability:

”A smart contract is an automatable and en-forceable agreement. Automatable by computer, although some parts may require human input and control. Enforceable either by legal enforcement of rights and obligations or via tamper-proof execution of computer code.

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