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Call for Papers: Debt and Financial Regulation in Reaction to the Crisis: Legal Perspectives on Recent Transformations of Public Authority  

Debt and Financial Regulation in Reaction to the Crisis:
Legal Perspectives on Recent Transformations of Public
Authority

Workshop: Heidelberg, 29 November 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS

The ongoing financial and subsequent debt crisis has had an immense impact on financial regulation. The response in regulation mirrors trends in global and European governance which emerged in the last decades. While states still play an important role, their authority is complemented and transformed by international and supranational bodies. Institutions like the G20, the IMF, the Basel Committee, UNCTAD, or the European Union take the lead in both short and long term responses to the crisis. These bodies shape policy in more and more areas, ranging from fiscal policy to the resolution of insolvent banks. At the same time, they make use of new instruments in order to coordinate the crisis response, such as voluntary principles and guidelines, indicators, peer reviews, stress tests, and else.

The purpose of the workshop is to track these transformations and assess them from the perspective of legal scholarship. They raise pressing questions concerning their legality under domestic, European and international law, their legitimacy and effectiveness, the responsibility of states and international institutions, their consequences for distributive justice or legal and political integration in Europe and beyond. The workshop aims at bringing together analyses covering a broad range of issues in debt and financial regulation as well as of methodological approaches. We believe that such a broad view is necessary in order to explore the potential of legal scholarship for the understanding and conceptualization of the ongoing transformations, as well as for the formulation of responses to the questions raised.

We invite junior and senior researchers in law and related fields to submit proposals for presentations focusing on post-crisis transformations of financial regulation.The idea to carry out this workshop arises from the project on the exercise of international public authority carried out at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg. However, the workshop is by no means limited to presentations following this strand of research, or critically engaging with it. Rather, we welcome contributions approaching debt and financial regulation from any theoretical, empirical, doctrinal, interdisciplinary or other perspective. The following is a non-enumerative list of suggestions:

How to legally conceptualize the austerity measures imposed on Euro area Member States? Are they legitimate exercises of public authority? Which effect does the strengthened European economic governance have on sovereignty, fundamental rights or labor rights?

How to legally conceptualize international efforts to restructure sovereign debt and strengthen fiscal discipline? Are they legitimate exercises of authority? Do they respect human rights? Do the UNCTAD Principles on Promoting Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing strike an equitable balance among the diverging interests in matters of sovereign debt? How could their effectiveness be enhanced?

How to legally conceptualize the transformations in bank regulation? Are informal instruments such as the revised Basel Accord, recommendations or stress tests legitimate exercises of public authority? Which conflicts might emerge from new regulation such as CRD IV or the rules for rating agencies?

How does the interplay between international, European and domestic regulators, supervisors, and central banks work? Should financial supervisors be independent? How could systemic supervision be enhanced? How should policy-makers and regulators respond to public opposition such as the Occupy movement?

The Conference will take place on Thursday, 29 November 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. Travel and accommodations costs will be reimbursed for participants.

Proposals for presentations not exceeding 500 words should be sent via e-mail to Matthias Goldmann and Carlino Antpöhler at regulation@mpil.de by 15 September 2012. Applicants are requested to indicate whether they intend to submit a paper (> 5,000 words), a short paper (< 5,000 words), or to make a presentation based on an exposé, outline, or power point presentation. Successful applicants will be informed by 30 September 2012. Papers must be submitted by 15 November 2012. Each presentation will be commented on by a renowned scholar or practitioner.

Organization: Professor Dr. Armin von Bogdandy, Matthias Goldmann and Carlino Antpöhler, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany, +49 6221 482 1, regulation@mpil.de.

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Call for Papers: Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory 

Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory ‘Grounding Law’
6–8 December 2012

The fifth annual workshop will again bring together higher research students and early career researchers, who in different disciplines and across diverse fields of scholarship, engage with law and its theoretical and methodological questions.

This year the forum will explore how the challenge of ‘grounding' law could offer a critical and political engagement with and responsibility for law. This is a different task to legitimating or substantiating a new foundation, basis or ground for law. Deconstructive jurisprudence has exposed the constituted violence inherent in every asserted or disavowed ground of law. What are the challenges of a ‘grounded' jurisprudence? How can law be reflexively constituted by the demands of contingency? Some elaborations of Australian Indigenous jurisprudence, for example, speak of a form of law which needs to be contextualised rather than decreed: law is less a force that compels and more something that needs to be actualised, rebalanced and re-patterned into the land.

To ground, as a verb, could mean to connect something to the ground - to the surface of the Earth, the terrain, the humus. It could mean to connect to the immediacy of the present moment through affect and the senses. Grounding law may be a process of finding law in, and making law more responsive to, the question of particularity and immediacy, to the imperatives of being and dwelling.

To ground, as a verb, could also mean to discipline or constrict (law as the insolent child grounded in her room) or to prohibit something (such as an aircraft) from flying. As such, to ground law, may also be a process of constraining its abuses, its terrors, its excesses.

Grounding, both as place-making and disciplining, as the site of the burial of the dead, the method of constriction and the stage for stories and songlines, impels a law of relations. It thus compels obligations of surplus, of giving more than we take, and of transmission. ‘To ground' could also then mean to relate to the past and the future, and to compile a legacy, history and genealogy.

This year we come together, on stolen land, at a time of a social and ecological crisis. Law, in both its humanitarian and authoritarian guises, is complicit in global capital's assault on the ecological processes that sustain life and the practices of communal life. Being attentive to the grounding of law may present possibilities of thinking of resistance beyond questions of the means, tactics or processes of constructing a rebellion to a broader challenge of constructing the places where rebellion articulates and encounters itself, shows itself and begins to know itself.

We welcome participants from all disciplines to explore what a theory of grounding law could offer a critical and political engagement with law.

Possible topics may include (this list is non-exhaustive):

* the force of law: rethinking violence as a ground of law
* the ecological crisis: the relationship between law and the environment
* land, sky, sea: the ethereal and terrestrial in law's cosmos
* Indigenous jurisprudence
* settling/settler laws in the international
* radical legal pluralism, religious laws and customary laws
* the place and space of law
* the Occupy Movement and/or resistance as a grounding project
* the groundless community of global capitalism: the disciplinarity, (ir)regularity and cooperativity of law
* grounding fiscal reform in economies of possession and dispossession, austerity and surplus, accumulation and expenditure
* methodologies of legal ethnography, history and geography
* transmission, transplantation and legacies of law making
* constituting community: critical constitutionalism and administrative law

A limited number of bursaries will be available for interstate and international presenting participants who are unable to claim funding to cover the full cost of travel from their home institution. The bursaries are intended to contribute towards travel expenses. Please indicate when you send us your abstract whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.

Send abstracts of 500 words (max) and biographies of 100 words (max) to law-mdflt@unimelb.edu.au by Monday 6 August 2012

Confirmation of accepted abstracts will be made on Monday 20 August 2012

Submission of written papers (maximum of 3000 words) are due on Monday 5 November 2012

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Call for Papers IP for Creative Upstarts - Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC) 

November 9-10, 2012, Michigan State University College of Law

This conference considers how law and policy can nurture diverse creative industries-"Creative Upstarts." Creative Upstarts encompass a range of commercial enterprises from independent artists and producers in developed countries to emerging content industries such as Nigeria's "Nollywood," Jamaican dancehall and Brazilian tecnobrega music, and Chinese digital publishing. Creative Upstarts exemplify the potential for creative industries to spearhead economic and cultural development. They are often less constrained by the imperatives of the mass market than traditional media. Yet, as commercial enterprises, they are capable of more ambitious and sustained creative investments than amateurs who produce user-generated content. Their interests have been overlooked in recent debates on intellectual property and information policy. This conference seeks to remedy that gap.

While Creative Upstarts may be better positioned to exploit alternative paradigms than traditional media companies, as commercial entities, they do need to monetize their creative investments. Greater capacity to access existing intellectual property regimes could benefit them. A Creative Upstarts lens thus imposes a pragmatic focus often missing from existing debate. Rather than arguing over whether we should have "more" or "less" IP, we must examine more precisely how current IP laws and related policies both help and hinder.

THEMES: Creative Upstarts. Relevant questions and considerations include:
- To what extent are Creative Upstarts threatened by digital piracy?
- How could existing legal regimes function more effectively? What new legal tools or reforms would facilitate Upstart industries?
- Do collective rights regimes serve the interests of Creative Upstarts?
- How should law and policy respond to the increasingly transnational nature of creative content flows, and especially to the "borderless" realm of cyberspace?
- Should Creative Upstarts embrace alternative licensing models, e.g., creative commons?
- Should "copyright trolls" be encouraged or condemned?
- How can capacity-building help Creative Upstarts overcome obstacles they face?

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Recognizing that there are no "one size fits all" solutions, this conference seeks to clarify a menu of policy options through a mix of paper presentations and roundtable discussions. In addition, the Michigan State International Law Review will publish a symposium issue comprising selected internationally-focused conference papers. To present a paper, please submit abstracts by August 17, 2012; completed conference drafts will be due October 19, 2012.

For further details, visit http://www.law.msu.edu/creative or contact Professor Sean Pager at spager@law.msu.edu

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Call For Papers and Proposals Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth Research Roundtable and edited book on Technology Standards and Innovation 

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - Friday February 8, 2013, Chicago, IL

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers and proposals to be presented at a Research Roundtable Conference on Technology Standards and Innovation. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL on Thursday, February 7, 2013 and Friday February 8, 2013.

OVERVIEW: The papers will be published in an edited volume and cannot be submitted elsewhere for publication. There will be time after the conference to prepare completed drafts of the papers before publication. The conference will obtain a publisher after the book is completed.

At this stage, research proposals and preliminary versions of papers are sufficient. If a proposal is accepted for the conference and volume, the authors will receive an honorarium of $8,000 for the completed paper. Additional details will be provided upon submission. We are seeking both empirical and theoretical work in economics.

The conference and edited volume are being organized by Daniel F. Spulber (Northwestern University).

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern's own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

This conference will be an important component of the Searle Center's expanded innovation focus. Conference participants will explore the connections between IP, invention, and innovation through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. The Searle Center has received support from Qualcomm and other companies and institutions.

THEME AND TOPICS: The theme of the conference is on market-based approaches to standard setting. The conference will explore the economic benefits and costs of intellectual property (IP) protections in the context of standards. The conference will focus on the positive economics of incentives for invention and incentives for innovation and commercialization rather than the more standard normative economics calling for regulation of technology transfer contracts. The conference will focus on generating new and original scholarship in the following areas.
- Benefits and costs of technology standards in a market equilibrium setting
- Market coordination of technology adoption by inventors, innovators, investors, consumers
- Coordination by market participants through Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs)
- Implications of technology standards for invention incentives
- Implications of technology standards for innovation (commercialization of technology)
- Implications of technology standards for investment in application and development of technology
- Technology standards and antitrust policy
- Technology standards, licensing, and patents

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Proposals and papers for the conference should be submitted to Susie Caruso at the following email address: editjems@kellogg.northwestern.edu

REVIEW PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE: Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Proposals for the conference and edited volume should be submitted to Susie Caruso at the following email address: editjems@kellogg.northwestern.edu by August 30, 2012.

Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by September 10, 2012.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth. Information on the Searle Center's activities may be found at: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter

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Call for Papers IP for Creative Upstarts - Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC) 

November 9-10, 2012, Michigan State University College of Law

This conference considers how law and policy can nurture diverse creative industries-"Creative Upstarts." Creative Upstarts encompass a range of commercial enterprises from independent artists and producers in developed countries to emerging content industries such as Nigeria's "Nollywood," Jamaican dancehall and Brazilian tecnobrega music, and Chinese digital publishing. Creative Upstarts exemplify the potential for creative industries to spearhead economic and cultural development. They are often less constrained by the imperatives of the mass market than traditional media. Yet, as commercial enterprises, they are capable of more ambitious and sustained creative investments than amateurs who produce user-generated content. Their interests have been overlooked in recent debates on intellectual property and information policy. This conference seeks to remedy that gap.

While Creative Upstarts may be better positioned to exploit alternative paradigms than traditional media companies, as commercial entities, they do need to monetize their creative investments. Greater capacity to access existing intellectual property regimes could benefit them. A Creative Upstarts lens thus imposes a pragmatic focus often missing from existing debate. Rather than arguing over whether we should have "more" or "less" IP, we must examine more precisely how current IP laws and related policies both help and hinder.
THEMES: Creative Upstarts. Relevant questions and considerations include:
- To what extent are Creative Upstarts threatened by digital piracy?
- How could existing legal regimes function more effectively? What new legal tools or reforms would facilitate Upstart industries?
- Do collective rights regimes serve the interests of Creative Upstarts?
- How should law and policy respond to the increasingly transnational nature of creative content flows, and especially to the "borderless" realm of cyberspace?
- Should Creative Upstarts embrace alternative licensing models, e.g., creative commons?
- Should "copyright trolls" be encouraged or condemned?
- How can capacity-building help Creative Upstarts overcome obstacles they face?

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Recognizing that there are no "one size fits all" solutions, this conference seeks to clarify a menu of policy options through a mix of paper presentations and roundtable discussions. In addition, the Michigan State International Law Review will publish a symposium issue comprising selected internationally-focused conference papers. To present a paper, please submit abstracts by August 17, 2012; completed conference drafts will be due October 19, 2012.

For further details, visit http://www.law.msu.edu/creative or contact Professor Sean Pager at spager@law.msu.edu

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10th Annual International Conference on Law, 15-18 July 2013, Athens, Greece 

10th Annual International Conference on Law, 15-18 July 2013, Athens, Greece

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION

The Law Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) organizes its 10th Annual International Conference on Law, 15-18 July 2013. The registration fee will be 250 euro, covering access to all sessions, 2 lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands and a half-day tour to archaeological site in the Prefecture of Attica.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of law and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. For programs of previous conferences and other information visit the conference website www.atiner.gr/law.htm

Papers (in English) from all areas of law are welcome. Selected papers will be published in a Special Volume of the Conference Proceedings or Edited Books as part of ATINER's book series. For Books and Proceedings of previous conferences you may visit http://www.atiner.gr/docs/LAW_PUBLICATIONS.htm for table of contents and order forms.

Please submit a 300-word abstract by 24th of December 2012, by email, atiner@atiner.gr to Professor David A. Frenkel, Head, Law Research Unit, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece. Tel. + 30 210 363 4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634-209. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing, or any other offer to help please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, gtp@atiner.gr , Director, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 100 international conferences and has published over 80 books. Academically, the Institute consists of four research divisions and nineteen research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects.

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2013 2nd International Conference on Government, Law and Culture- ICGLC 2013 

The 2013 2nd International Conference on Government, Law and Culture - ICGLC 2013, will be held during January 19-20, 2013, in Dubai, UAE. ICGLC 2013, aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Government, Law and Culture, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in E-business, Management and Economics and related areas. All papers for the ICGLC 2013 will be published in the IJSSH (ISSN: 2010-3646) as one volume, and will be included in the Engineering & Technology Digital Library, and indexed by EBSCO, WorldCat, Google Scholar, Ulrich's and sent to be reviewed by ISI Proceedings.

One Excellent Paper will be selected from each oral session The Certificate for Excellent Papers will be awarded in the Welcome Banquet on January 20, 2013.

English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which is NOT submitted/published/under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (PDF only) format through the easy chair conferences management system website or via email icglc@iedrc.org.

Paper Submission (Full Paper) Before August 15, 2012

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Social Media and IP at John Marshall 


IP RIGHTS, OWNERSHIP AND IDENTITY IN SOCIAL MEDIA

The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law announces its fourth annual symposium on contemporary topics in intellectual property law. The symposium, titled “IP Rights, Ownership and Identity in Social Media,” will be held at The John Marshall Law School on Friday, February 1, 2013.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We welcome proposals on any subject addressing the various legal issues that have arisen from the development and use of social media sites like Twitter®, Facebook®, LinkedIn®, and Pinterest® (just to name a few). Among the areas of interest are:

· Social Media and IP Infringement
· Social Media and Right of Publicity
· Social Media and Free Speech
· Ownership of Social Media Accounts & Content
· Employee Rights Concerning Social Media Posting
· Social Media and the Hiring Process
· Regulatory Compliance and Social Media
· Use of Social Media as Court Evidence
· Jury Deliberations and Social Media
· Social Media and the Legal Process
· Judicial Use of Social Media
· Branding the Firm via Social Media
· Social Media and Client Contact
· Legal Ethics and Social Media

Accepted papers will be published in the 2013 RIPL Symposium Issue and authors may be invited to present their works either individually or as part of a panel presentation at the Symposium. Please submit a proposal, including a detailed outline of the article, to tbrauer@law.jmls.edu before September 13, 2012.

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CALL FOR PAPERS EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF TRADE MARK DATA 

ETH Zurich
INNOTEC
Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, New York University School of Law
Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre
US Patent & Trademark Office
University of East Anglia


We are seeking paper proposals from economics, management, and legal scholars for a one-and-a-half day workshop at the University of Oxford on December 7-8, 2012 on Empirical Studies of Trade Mark Data. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: “Are Trademarks a Complement to Patents?”; “Effects of Trade Mark Litigation”; “The Use of European Trade Marks by Small and Medium Size Enterprises”; “Examining Relative Grounds Examination”; “Trade Marks and Merchandising Incentives”; “What Trade Mark Renewal Reveals about Trade Mark Use”; and “A First Look into Comprehensive US trademark Case Files and Assignments Data, 1980-2010”.

The workshop is part of a broader project to support better scholarship in this embryonic area of research and lead to the publication of high quality and high impact studies. The project is so-sponsored by ETH Zurich, INNOTEC, the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, the OHIM Academy, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Interested authors are encouraged to submit a two‐page research proposal that includes an abstract of the intended paper, an outline of the methodologies to be used, and a brief statement about the current state of the research project. Proposals should be submitted by July 27, 2012, to proposals@oiprc.ox.ac.uk. Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 10, 2012. Our group would pay travel (standard fare) and accommodation for one author of each accepted paper to attend the workshop, and will also host a dinner for participants.

The Oxford workshop is intended to support the presentation by authors of preliminary work, and the authors attending to engage in collaborative and constructive commentary, with an aim toward mutual betterment of the preliminary work. The workshop will be attended not only by at least one author from each paper accepted into the project, but also by existing members of the group and a few leading scholars working in the area. We also expect representatives of WIPO, OHIM, the USPTO and the UK IPO to make presentations highlighting their recent work. USPTO trademark data is currently available at http://www.google.com/googlebooks/uspto-trademarks.html in XML and ASCII formats. During the summer of 2012, the USPTO is planning to release research datasets of the USPTO trademark casefiles and assignments in stata and CSV research-ready formats for use in doing empirical analysis.

Our hope is to convene a follow-up two-day public conference in Alexandria, Virginia at USPTO headquarters in the late Spring or Summer of 2013, though planning for that second event is still ongoing.

Please direct any questions to Georg von Graevenitz (g.graevenitz@uea.ac.uk) or Graeme Dinwoodie (Graeme.Dinwoodie@law.ox.ac.uk)

Stefan Bechtold (Associate Professor of Intellectual Property, ETH Zurich)
Barton Beebe (Professor of Law, New York University School of Law)
Graeme Dinwoodie (Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Oxford)
Stuart Graham (Chief Economist, USPTO, U.S. Department of Commerce)
Georg von Graevenitz (Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management, University of East Anglia)

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35 YEARS OF INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: THEORY AND PRACTICE, PRESENT AND FUTURE 

The Human Rights Centre of Ghent University is seeking original proposals for research papers that will result in a peer-reviewed book on the Inter-American Court and its 35 years of existence, which will be presented and the topics of which will be the subject of discussion on an international conference on the same topic, to be organised by the Human Rights Centre. With this book and the ensuing conference, where a selected number of authors will be invited to speak, we seek to take stock of the state of the art of the Court’s potentialities and weaknesses, to reveal how and why the Court’s case law, advisory opinions, and orders remain an area of academic and pedagogical interest, and to contribute to the process of discussion on the strengthening of the Inter-American System that has been taking place in the past years, and resulted in, inter alia, the reform of the Court’s Rules of Procedure.

The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is 15 November 2012.

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