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Charles Belle

Filecoin Foundation for Decentralized Web Teaching Fellow, Blockchain Law for Social Good Center

Full-Time Faculty


Charles Belle is the Filecoin Foundation for Decentralized Web’s Teaching Fellow at the Blockchain Law for Social Good Center (Center), at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Professor Belle’s research is in the area of decentralized governance and oracles, and he is teaching a course on DeFi (DeFi: Decentralized Finance Law). In addition, Professor Belle serves as an adjunct professor at USF School of law teaching Corporations.

Prior to joining the Center, Professor Belle served as the Executive Director of Blockchain Advocacy Coalition. Before that, he served as COO of a layer-1 blockchain company where he directed strategy and operations, and led the design of the governance protocol. Previously, Professor Belle led a nonprofit focused on the tech-government intersection. His applied research focused on open data, open source, and privacy. He also served as Executive Director of the Center for Innovation (now the Center for Innovation), at UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings).

Professor Belle is a non-residential Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Past fellowships include UC Berkeley's Center for Technology, Society & Policy. He served as a law clerk extern for Judge Carlos Bea of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the UC Law Science and Technology Journal (formerly Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal).


  • Blockchain
  • DeFi
  • Open source licensing


  • JD, UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings)
  • MA, University of Chicago (International Relations)
  • BA, University of Chicago (double major: Economics, Political Science)