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Call For Academic Papers and Conference Announcement The 21st Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium - "2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference" 

July 10 and 11, 2014, Chicago, Illinois, USA

The 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference will be held on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago. This conference will be funded primarily by the Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Endowment Fund of The John Marshall Law School.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS AND HOSTS: The Conference Organizers and Hosts are: The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Roosevelt University, College of Arts and Sciences, Chicago, Illinois, USA; and, The East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China.

PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE: The Conference will bring international scholars, advocates and policy makers together to participate in an academic discussion about the law, policy, and implementation of legal protections for the elderly around the globe. This conference is purposely intended to parallel the current discussions of the United Nations' Open-Ended Working Group on Aging. The Conference organizers are hoping to draft and develop a model International Bill of Rights for Elderly Individuals based on the research presented and the ensuing discussions.

DETAILS/TOPICS: There will be 6 to 8 general sessions over a two-day conference, and each session is expected to have 2 to 3 authors discussing their current research, with other academics and experts serving as moderators and discussants on the panel. This conference is meant to complement and supplement the discussions being held through the United Nations pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/182, based on the following general topics:
- The elimination of age discrimination;
- Autonomy, independent living, and health care issues affecting the elderly;
- Life continuing with dignity because of adequate access to social security and other financial resources;
- The prevention of elder abuse and violence; and
- Access to justice for elderly individuals in need of assistance.

The final agenda for the conference will be determined based on the exact topics and countries analyzed in the abstracts accepted for presentation.

CALL FOR ACADEMIC ARTICLES AND PAPERS: There is a call for original academic research on laws and policy that can protect elderly individuals around the world, which will be presented at the 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference in Chicago. From the submitted abstracts, the Conference organizers will develop the agenda for the conference.

The original research can be based on the following general themes (either limited to one or two countries, or a broader analysis of multiple countries):
- The elimination of age discrimination;
- Autonomy, independent living, and health care issues affecting the elderly;
- Life continuing with dignity because of adequate access to social security and other financial resources;
- Prevention of elder abuse and violence; and
- Access to justice for elderly individuals in need of assistance.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Abstracts may be submitted by academics, graduate students, advocates, and other interested individuals and groups, of all disciplines, as long as the proposals focus on the law and public policy. Abstracts must be written in English, and should be submitted to 2014elderlawconference@jmls.edu by October 31, 2013; and, the Conference organizers will contact all authors by November 15, 2013 with decisions on which abstracts have been accepted. Late submissions may be accepted if space remains available.

THE FINAL ACADEMIC PAPER SUBMISSIONS: Authors of abstracts accepted by the Conference organizers will be expected to submit a draft of the basically complete article, in English, by April 28, 2014. After some general peer-reviewed comments, suggestions, and questions are provided back to each author by May 30, 2014, each author will then re-submit a revised draft, incorporating the comments, suggestions and questions, by June 16, 2014. All revised draft papers will be posted on the conference website ahead of the conference, and all will clearly be marked "Draft Only - Do not Cite or Distribute." After discussing their research at the Conference, authors will then have until August 15, 2014 to submit the final article, which, if accepted as publishable through peer review, will be published in one of the academic journals or law reviews associated with The John Marshall Law School, Roosevelt University, or East China University of Political Science and Law.

Any other author can submit an original academic article or paper in final form by August 15, 2014 for consideration of publication, even if the author did not participate in the conference.

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