Dr Julie Maupin is a leading expert in the application and regulation of cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence. In 2017, she helped establish the IOTA Foundation in Berlin -- the first ever “Crypto-Foundation” to be incorporated within the European Union. Julie was the foundation's Director of Social Impact and Public Regulatory Affairs from 2018 to 2020 and has served as the Chair of the Foundation's Advisory Board since.
During the same period, Julie worked with the European Commission to found the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA), which brings together policymakers, regulators, and entrepreneurs from around the world to promote the continued advancement of new technologies and the development of sensible regulatory regimes to govern them in society's best interest. Julie was INATBA's inaugural Chair of the Board until March of 2021. From 2017-2023, she also served on the Fintech Advisory Council of the German Ministry of Finance.
Prior to moving to Berlin, Julie was Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. There, she held roles as Associate Editor for the Journal of World Investment & Trade and a member of the board of editors of the Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Germany’s most prestigious international law journal. Julie was also a Senior Fellow with the International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, Julie contributed to the centre's research stream on international economic law. Her research explored the international law dimensions of the use of blockchain (the underlying technology of bitcoin) in international financial transactions. She also assessed potential regulatory frameworks.
Previously a lecturer at Duke Law School, Julie has taught international investment law, international commercial arbitration, comparative competition law and many other areas of international law at leading law faculties in North America, Europe and Africa. In addition to her scholarly work, Julie has advised international organizations, governments, businesses and NGOs on matters of economic law and policy, with a special emphasis on Africa. Today, Julie focuses on investment strategy, primarily in the tech space.
Julie holds a PhD in international studies, with magna and summa cum laude honours, from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (‘14); a juris doctor and an MA in economics from Yale University; and a BSc in economics from the University of Washington. She is an admitted member of the Oregon State Bar.