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FinTech: Future of Finance

FinTech: Future of Finance

The course provides an introduction to intellectual frameworks and tools to assist with the analysis of issues and courses in the interdisciplinary field of law, technology, business and policy; to enable an interactive environment and laboratory to explore ideas, including dialogue with experts and legal practitioners and to produce a joint research and policy paper addressing an issue or issues related to Blockchain, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, big data, from a legal/business/technology perspective. 

Timings: Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Location: Middlesex University Dubai

Duration: CLPD accredited 8-week course

Fees: 2,000AED (Professionals) - 1,000AED (MDX Dubai Students)

You can make payment for this course here.

The below schedule is provisional and may be subject to changes for which participants will receive duly notice.

Learning week



Content in outline


3 Oct 2018

Introduction to the Future of Finance Course


Brief analysis of the causes of the 2008 financial crisis and where we stand today. Discussion on what went wrong i.e. deregulation of financial products, role of investment banks and hedge funds, derivatives, and what are we doing today to fix it.


10 Oct 2018

Disruption in Financial Services

Explanation of blockchain technology and how decentralization can disrupt our whole financial system. Debate on whether technology companies like google and Facebook are becoming our new banks. If not, what is stopping them and their new role in our financial markets.


17 Oct 2018


Smart Contracts & Regulatory Challenges

The role of lawyers with respect to new smart solutions such as smart contracts and their impact on lawyers. Discussion of the regulatory challenges that these technologies pose on our system and some of the ways to overcome such challenges.


24 Oct 2018

Automation (real case studies)


Examination of real case studies to debate whether we can trust computers to act without being explicitly programmed? Understanding of some of the practical know-how needed to quickly apply automation to new real-life problems.


31 Oct 2018

Payments Transformation

Emerging technologies are reshaping the next generation of payment systems and disrupting traditional payment service providers such as Visa and MasterCard. This class will study how Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Alipay are disrupting banks and traditional payment service providers. In addition, an examination will be conducted of how smart regulations and legislation support innovation, as well continue defining the framework within which payment service providers and consumers interact and make payments.


7 Nov 2018

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Examination of some of the problems artificial intelligence is solving and others that it is creating? Students will learn more about some of Silicon Valley's best practices in innovation as it pertains to machine learning and AI.


14 Nov 2018

Cross-border Technology Challenges

Case study on cross-border technology investment between the US and Asia, particularly in China. Examination of some of the real regulatory challenges and ways to overcome such problems.


21 Nov 2018

From Code is Law to Law is Code

Students will be asked to draft a joint analytical/advocacy paper interpreting their case, identifying policy and process lessons, and/or articulating an argument related to a technological solution of their choice. The paper will be between 1000 to 1200 words (4-5 pages), and meet all other requirements of a New York Times op-ed; see:

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