Software Patents at Santa Clara 

Solutions to the Software Patent Problem

High Tech Law Institute

November 16, 2012 at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Rather than debating the merits of software patents, the conference will start with the premise that software patents are in need of reform. Presenters will be asked to select an aspect of software (including internet and related high-tech) patents that they believe needs attention, present a proposed fix (which could be legislative, administrative, judicial, or market-based), and explain why it would help. Key stakeholders will be at the event to evaluate the proposals for their content, feasibility, and impact.

In addition, presenters will prepare a short essay (less than 1,000 words) recapping their proposal and its merits for a general audience. has expressed interest in publishing the compilation of
essays. Between the presentations and the papers, we hope to make tangible progress towards ameliorating the problems associated with software patents.

We invite your expressions of interest to present your solution at the event. In addition to presenting the proposal in person, presenters will be expected to submit their short essay a few weeks prior to the event. SCU will cover reasonable travel costs for selected presenters. If you would like to participate, please submit a description of your proposal by May 1, 2012.

Contact: Colleen Chien ( and Eric Goldman (

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Loyola Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium 

Loyola Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium
November 2 & 3, 2012, Chicago

This is the third annual Loyola conference bringing together constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. Unless we are overwhelmed, we hope to be able to schedule presentations for all who submit. In this way, we will provide a forum for the vetting of ideas, invaluable opportunities for informed critiques, and networking opportunities. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

This announcement invites abstract submissions of 150 to 200 words from Constitutional Law professors interested in contributing to the current debates concerning constitutional theory and Supreme Court rulings. We also welcome attendees who wish to participate in audience discussions without presenting a paper. The goal of the conference is to allow professors to develop new ideas with the help of supportive colleagues on a wide range of constitutional law topics.

Eligibility: The Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium is aimed at Constitutional Law, Legal History, Political Science, and Philosophy scholars teaching at the university, law school, and graduate levels on matters of constitutional law. We welcome applications from full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty members, as well as post-doctoral fellows from academic discipline related to the study of constitutional issues (anthropology, history, law, literary criticism, philosophy political science, sociology, etc.).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The registration and abstract submission deadline is May 31, 2012. Conference organizers will select abstracts on a rolling basis.

Registration at:

Topics, abstracts, papers, questions, and comments should be submitted to:


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Fifth Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy -- Call for Papers 

Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy
Friday, September 21 - Saturday, September 22, 2012
Northwestern University School of Law

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where leading scholars from across the country can gather together with Northwestern's own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high quality research relevant to antitrust economics and competition policy.

Both theoretical and empirical submissions are welcome. Papers in industrial organization or applied microeconomic theory that address issues relevant to antitrust policy are welcome even if they do not directly focus on particular antitrust policy issues or institutions. While papers on all topics are welcome, we especially encourage submissions related to the following four topic areas:
• open vs. closed systems
• tying, bundling, and predatory pricing
• price squeezes and other vertical pricing issues
• cloud computing

RESEARCH PROPOSALS: SUBMISSION, REVIEW PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE: Research Proposals should include an abstract (300 words maximum) and c.v.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Research Proposals should be submitted to Derek Gundersen at by May 18, 2012.

Notification Deadline: Research Proposals will be reviewed by a committee. Authors will be notified of the committee's decisions by June 11, 2012.

Discussion Draft Deadline: Authors should plan to submit a paper suitable for distribution to discussants and other conference participants no later than September 4, 2012.

Participation: Potential Discussants or panel members should send a message indicating their interest to Derek Gundersen at by May 18, 2012.

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American Society of International Law's 2012 Research Forum 

The American Society of International Law has extended the call for papers for its October 20-21 meeting in Athens, GA. A link to the posting can be found here.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln -- Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking -- Call for Papers 

Human Trafficking Conference
October 11, 2012 - October 13, 2012: Lincoln, Nebraska

Call for Papers and Presentations

Anyone who has academic or professional work to present should submit an abstract of up to 300 words (no more) on our submission website. The presentations will normally be 25 minutes with 15 minutes for discussion. The organizing committee is willing to consider other formats, such as panel presentations. We are not seeking workshops, however, but presentations of facts, knowledge, ideas, theories, on-the-ground approaches, methods, program evaluations, research agendas, and research needs.

There will be one or more special sessions for students who wish to present and receive feedback on papers, theses, and dissertations that are proposed or in progress.

The committee will expect a commitment to attend by at least one of the accepted presenters, with a non-refundable deposit of $50, by July 15, 2012, for presenters to remain on the program.

Authors will be expected to agree to a release of copyright, and allow the materials they present (in written, video, audio, or graphic form) to be made available on the conference website after the conference. No paper proceedings will be published, but the presented materials will be available on Digital Commons (the web host for the proceedings) for a considerable time.

The deadline for submission of materials to be placed on the Digital Commons website is October 31, 2012. Conference presenters may place a formal paper, Power Point slides, film, or anything arising from their presented work on Digital Commons. If nothing is submitted, their abstract will be placed on the web site.

If you have questions about presentations, please contact Dr. Ari Kohen.

Link to Conference Website and Posting

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Call for Papers: Law, Society and the Social Good 

The Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association will host its Inaugural Conference at the Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA, on October 19-20, 2012. Proposals for Individual Papers and Fully-Formed Sessions are welcome.

Our theme is purposely broad and encompassing. But we are especially interested in considering the manner in which knowledge obtained from socio-legal research can be used to understand and engage with the social good. Other law and society topics are welcome.

We seek papers, panels, and roundtables aimed at stimulating conversations that will build bridges across the range of law and society topics. We anticipate organizing different kinds of presentations, including both traditional panels for completed papers and workshops for projects and ideas still in development; we welcome proposals that let participants share and respond to intellectual projects in thoughtful and enjoyable ways. We are particularly interested in proposals that cross national, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals and other forms of participation is August 1, 2012.

We look forward to receiving your submissions via email to:

Contact Information:

Corey Shdaimah

Scott Barclay

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Hague Academic Coalition – ANNUAL CONFERENCE – FROM PEACE TO JUSTICE 2012 – Call for Papers 

The Politics of Justice: From a Human Rights Revolution to Global Justice?

This HAC event will take place in The Hague, international city of justice and peace. This year the conference venue will be the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in its historic building located on the Kortenaerkade 12, which also houses the HAC
secretariat. The event will also form part of the 60--‐year lustrum of the International Institute of Social Studies.

Opening session: Friday 12 October 2012, 15.30 – 18.00h
Main conference: Saturday 13 October 2012, 09.00 – 18.00h


The aim of the HAC Conference is to stimulate critical debate, drawing on the expertise of the Hague Academic Coalition and its sizeable international network. Scholars, NGOs and practitioners of the many international Institutions in The Hague, from a variety of legal and non-­‐legal backgrounds, will be invited to participate. An academic book publication will be produced as an outcome of the conference, based on a selection of conference papers. The conference will be guided by certain key questions.
How can we define global justice? To what extent, if at all, have the roles of states and international organizations been affected by the above-­‐sketched transformation from rights to global justice? To what extent do non-­‐governmental organizations (NGOs) play a role in promoting global justice; and has their role been overstated? Why have many of the main world powers been so selective in their embracing of human rights and international (criminal) justice? To what extent has the rights revolution led to real and permanent change? Are lawyers prepared to confront the political nature of their work; for what reasons, and to what ends? Where is the link between the theory and practice of global justice? This conference will critically reflect on these and other associated questions in exploring the politics of law and international justice from both
Legal and inter-­‐disciplinary perspectives.

Guiding themes include:
1. The rights revolution and contemporary challenges
2. International criminal justice: challenging impunity through law and other justice efforts
3. Global justice and international law?


We kindly invite expressions of interest, with a title and abstract of a paper (300 words maximum) dealing with one or more of the above questions and themes, to be presented at the meeting of day two. Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2012 to be sent to

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The 2nd Annual Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice: Call for Papers 

An International Conference
Jerusalem, 29-31 October 2012

The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is holding an international conference that seeks to examine the diverse and complex interactions between transitional justice and democracy. The conference is scheduled for 29-31 October 2012, and will
take place in Jerusalem.
Recipients of this call for papers are invited to submit proposals to present a paper at the conference. Authors of selected proposals will be offered full or partial flight and accommodation expenses.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 May 2012

Conference Topic:

The relationship between the concepts of transitional justice, on one hand, and democracy, on the other, is complex and multifaceted. Much of the seminal literature and discourse on transitional justice focused on what has been called "paradigmatic transitions", i.e., dealing with past abuses by former authoritarian and other illegitimate regimes after a transition to democracy. This was the situation with respect to many of the former Communist states in
Europe (including, of course, in the context of German unification) and military dictatorships in Latin America in the 1980s and 1990s. South Africa's emergence from the Apartheid era was also characterized by a fundamental shift to constitutional democracy. However, from a historical perspective, many dilemmas of transitional justice are not necessarily associated with transitions to democracy: justice and legal mechanisms have played a role also in non-democratic transitions - between autocracies, or from popular regimes to monarchies.

Moreover, democratic states encounter circumstances in which prolonged political violence, internal divisions and power differentials between social groups lead to wholesale human rights
violations. This has been the case in 'conflicted democracies', such as Northern Ireland and Colombia. Furthermore, even established democracies benefiting from the rule of law and
human rights may still face the problem of addressing past injustices. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the US are salient examples. Indeed, it is difficult to find an existing democratic regime that is not somehow haunted by its past, whether transitional justice processes have been pursued or not – with respect to post colonialism, minority persecution, the treatment of indigenous peoples, systematic gender abuse and so on.

In the ongoing 'Arab Spring', different states display a range of social and political dynamics in the transition to democracy, encountering different obstacles, and in some cases raising the concern that political revolution will merely lead to the replacement of one illiberal regime by another – transition without democracy and without the upholding of human rights. In other regions, political transitions have been propped up by tenuously justified restrictions on democratic practices and principles, such as freedom of expression, revealing a counter-intuitive tension between democracy and transitional justice.

Considering this broad range of interactions, to what extent are transitional justice and democracy mutually reinforcing? How can this and further questions be analyzed from a political science perspective? Are there tensions between some transitional justice concepts and democratic principles? Are established and emerging democracies well-equipped to deal with their past? Which of the various accepted transitional justice processes are most relevant and effective in transitioning to democracy in general and in specific contexts? Which processes are more suitable for the needs of conflicted democracies, or for democracies addressing their pasts? What role can democracy play in addressing continued post-transition injustices towards particularly vulnerable groups, such as ethnic minorities, women and children? Which elements of transitional justice are best enshrined in democratic constitutional law? What roles can civil society play in conflicted democracies and in transitions to democracy? What can democracies learn from authoritarian transitions? What ought not to be imported from the experience of authoritarian transition contexts?

These and other related questions can be applied in many contemporary contexts. They also seem to be particularly important in the Israeli and Palestinian context(s): to what extent is Israel a 'conflicted democracy'? Should a transition from conflict to peace in Israel/Palestine bear the hallmarks of democratic constitutionalism? How could Israeli and Palestinian democracy be bolstered by transitional justice, and vice versa?

Submission of Proposals:

Researchers interested in addressing questions related to the topic of the conference, are invited to respond to this call for papers with a two-page proposal for an article and presentation, along with a one-page CV. Proposals should be submitted to the Minerva Center for Human Rights no later than 31 May 2012 via e-mail:

Applicants should receive notification of the committee's decision by 25 June 2012. Written contributions (7,000-10,000 words long) based on the selected proposals will be expected by 10 October 2012.

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University of North Carolina Tax Center Sixteenth Annual Tax Symposium – Call for Papers 

The University of North Carolina Tax Center is organizing its Annual Tax Symposium for 2013.

For information see the posting at the Legal Scholarship Blog
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Transnational Dispute Management -- Call for papers "Aligning Human Rights and Investment Protection" 

We hereby announce a forthcoming TDM special issue on "Aligning Human Rights and Investment Protection". Prof. Dr. Ursula Kriebaum (University of Vienna) will be editing this special issue which will analyse the possibility of courts and tribunals operating in the fields of human rights and international investment protection to take into account the concerns of the other field of law.

It is difficult to generalize the effects of investment on the enjoyment of human rights of the population of the host State. It is today acknowledged that investment is capable of generating economic growth, reducing poverty, increasing demand for the rule of law and contributing to the realization of human rights. For many countries the impact of private foreign investment flows on development is more significant than development aid by States and international Organizations. On the other hand, a number of human rights violations related to foreign investment have arisen and are likely to arise in the future.

Host States can intervene in investment operations to stop human rights abuses of an investor. But such measures may at the same time be an interference with the investor's rights protected under investment treaties. In such a situation the investor can bring a case before an investment tribunal. On the other hand host States can also remain passive and tolerate human rights abuses by investors. In such a situation an investment tribunal will not learn about the case, but the victims of the human rights violations may bring the case before a human rights court or treaty supervisory body.

This special issue will shed light on the interaction between human rights law and international investment law.

Possible topics may include:

Are human rights part of the applicable law in investment arbitration cases?
The approach of investment tribunals confronted with human rights sensitive cases.
Investors' human rights before investment tribunals.
Third party participation before investment tribunals and human rights courts.
Interim measures before investment tribunals and human rights courts: a comparative approach.
Human rights abuses linked to investments (not necessarily foreign) before human rights courts.
Investor protection by human rights courts.
The form and amount of compensation granted by human rights courts to victims of human rights abuses by investors.
Economic, social and cultural rights and foreign investment.
Issues of potential conflicts (whether real or perceived) between international investment law/tribunals and international human rights law/tribunals.
The interaction between national courts, human rights courts and investment tribunals.

We hereby invite all those with an interest in the subject to contribute articles or notes on one or several of the above topics or any other relevant issue. Publication is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012. Proposals for papers should be submitted to the editor by 1 June 2012.

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