QU professor explains ‘sustainable blockchain technology’ at UN meet

Tribune News Network
Doha
A professor of law from Qatar University (QU) was recently given a platform to speak at the UN General Assembly in New York, while another professor received an opportunity to speak at an event organised by the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly.
Dr Jon Truby, director of QU’s Centre for Law & Development at the College of Law, spoke at the UN General Assembly on the environmental impact of blockchain technologies.
Dr Ioannis Konstantinidis, assistant professor of international law at the College of Law and affiliate member at QU Center for Law and Development (CLD), spoke at the NHRC event titled ‘The Blockade of Qatar: Challenges and Opportunities in Human Rights’, organised on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Dr Truby was invited to the event following his recent publication on the environmental impact of blockchain technologies. Amid worries that blockchain uses too much energy, Dr Truby argued at the UN that not all blockchain technologies are harmful to the environment, while some can be extremely damaging, threatening the world’s progress towards achieving the Paris Agreement on climate change.
At a separate event, Dr Konstantinidis attempted to reassess the redressal mechanisms of the Arab system for protection of human rights, in light of both the Gulf crisis and the flagrant human rights violations.
“The main aim of establishing a regional system is to obtain a level of protection that is more advanced than the protection granted by the international system,” Dr Konstantinidis said.