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Call for Proposals: Multidisciplinary Symposium on Blinding as a Solution to Institutional Corruption – Boston, MA 

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Christopher Robertson (James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona), and Aaron Kesselheim (Harvard Medical School), present a Multidisciplinary Symposium on Blinding as a Solution to Institutional Corruption on November 1- 2, 2013.

There are many potential solutions to institutional corruption, but we are particularly interested in practical mechanisms that acknowledge the existence of potential influences, but prevent that biasing information from reaching a decision maker. Such mechanisms may include blinding, masking, placebos, strategic ignorance, information aversion, veil of ignorance rules, blind trusts, walls of separation, or similar concepts. We are interested in reviews of relevant literature, and new laboratory, empirical, historical, and theoretical research that explores the functions, modalities, costs, benefits, and limitations of concealing a source of information to improve decision making. We are interested in established uses of blinding, and potential new applications.

Deadline: To apply, please send a one-page abstract describing your proposed contribution by February 15, 2013, as a PDF attachment, to Professors Robertson and Kesselheim (chris.robertson[@]law.arizona.eduand akesselheim[@]partners.org). Include a link to or copy of your CV.
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Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: Public & Corp. Governance — Toronto, ON  

Corporate Governance: An International Review seeks submissions for a special issue, Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: Public and Corporate Governance. A conference will be hosted by the April 25-26, 2013, Schulich School of Business, York University, April 25-26, 2013. Abstracts are due Jan. 15, 2013. The Guest Editors are Rajesh Chakrabarti, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, and Douglas Cumming, York University, Toronto, Canada.
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Economic Governance and Organizations — Tilburg, Netherlands 

The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) organizes a two-day Workshop on “Economic Governance and Organizations” at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, on June 6-7, 2013. We aim to assemble scholars from law, economics, and management studying organizations that mitigate economic governance problems and invite submissions of theoretical, empirical, and experimental work, as well as case studies. We aim at creating an open atmosphere that stimulates interdisciplinary discussions, in particular to understand where perceived discrepancies across disciplines are the effect of substantive differences/scientific approaches or where they are merely the result of different definitions of terms.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013. Papers should be submitted in PDF format to TILECgovernance@tilburguniversity.edu. Long abstracts are accepted but full papers are preferred. In case of questions, please contact the workshop organizers (see below). Authors of accepted papers will be notified by March 15, 2013. Speakers might be asked to discuss a paper. Completed drafts of accepted papers are due by May 26, 2013, and will be made available for download on the conference website.

Link to the call.
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Workshop on Responsibility and Accountability of Corporate Ownership -- Denmark  

May 9-10, 2013. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

CONFIRMED ATTENDANTS:
Morten Bennedsen, Insead
Patrick Bolton, Columbia Business School
Ronald Gilson, Columbia and Stanford University
Zohar Goshen, Columbia Law School
Henry Hansmann, Yale Law School
Reinier Kraakman, Harvard Law School
Colin Mayer, Said Business School, Oxford University

OVERVIEW: Large owners play a central role as monitors of companies around the world, but who monitors the monitors? What are their incentives to exercise their ownership well - in the interest of society as a whole? We know that security and company law plays a role in this respect, but informal mechanisms like reputation, trust or social norms may be important as well. In this workshop we aim to explore how and when these mechanisms informal work. Is reputation a source of long term decision making in family firms? What induces institutional investors to active ownership and stewardship? What role do social norms play in ownership structures less disciplined by market forces? What is the interplay between formal accountability and a more subjective sense of responsibility? These are some of the issues that we would like to discuss.

ORGANIZATION: The workshop is organized by the Center for Corporate Governance, Copenhagen Business School. It is sponsored by the Research Project on Industrial Foundations.

WORKSHOP LOCATION: Copenhagen Business School

PARTICIPATION: Potential participants should e-mail the Center for Corporate Governance (ccg@cbs,.dk) before 1. March 2013. Attendance is limited, but free of charge. Notification of acceptance 15. March 2013. Deadline for registration 1. April 2013.

From SSRN.
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Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum 

Yale/Stanford/Harvard Law Schools announce the 14th session of the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Yale Law School on June 14-15, 2013 and seek submissions for its meeting.

The Forum's objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Meetings are held each spring, rotating at Yale, Stanford, and Harvard. Ten to twelve scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Yale, Stanford, or Harvard, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.

TOPICS: Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and gender and race theory, alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next. For the upcoming 2013 meeting, the topics will cover these areas of the law:
- Corporate and Securities Law
- Antitrust
- Bankruptcy
- Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Property
- Intellectual Property
- Taxation
- Torts
- Law and Policy Implementation
- International Law

A jury of accomplished scholars, again not necessarily from Yale, Stanford or Harvard, with expertise in the particular topic, will choose the papers to be presented. There is no publication commitment, nor is published work eligible. Yale, Stanford, or Harvard will pay presenters' and commentators' travel expenses.

QUALIFICATIONS: There is no limit on the number of submissions by any individual author. To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. law school in a tenured or tenure-track position and must not have been teaching at either of those ranks for a total of more than 7 years. We accept co-authored submissions, but each of the coauthors must be individually eligible to participate in the JFF.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Paper submissions for this Forum should be mailed to:

Marguerite Camera
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

courier address:
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Electronic submissions should be sent to marguerite.camera@yale.edu. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 15, 2013. Please note on the cover letter which topic your paper falls under.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (ian.ayres@yale.edu), Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School (jbankman@stanford.edu) or Adriaan Lani at Harvard law School (adlanni@law.harvard.edu).

Ian Ayres
Joseph Bankman
Adriaan Lani

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11th Annual Policy Summit — Cleveland 

The Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Philadelphia invite paper submissions for their 11th annual Policy Summit, to be held September 19-20, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners interested in economic policy and development in low- and moderate-income communities.

Understanding the potential intended and unintended effects of regulations is critical for their success as policy implementation tools. For this reason, the focus of this year’s conference is on consumer finances and the new regulatory environment. We encourage the submission of papers in the areas of household balance sheets, consumer finances, the regulation of consumer financial products and consumer financial markets, consumer and small business lending, the role of information disclosure and consumer education, low income housing, student loans and related topics. Policy-related research and submissions applicable to the Federal Reserve’s Third and Fourth Districts and the Great Lakes region are encouraged.
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Call for Papers: Poverty Law – Washington D.C. 

American University Washington College of Law is inviting submissions and proposals for presentations for their Fall 2013 conference, “Poverty Law: Cases, Teaching, and Scholarship” to be held on Oct. 25-26, 2013. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. More information can be found here.
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Call for Papers: Consequences of the Responsibility of Non-State Actors in International Law — Vancouver 

International Conference, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus (Greater Regional District of Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada, June 2013

The Committee of Non-State Actors of the International Law Association (ILA), The Institute for Transborder Studies (ITS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Oxford Brookes University, in collaboration with the ILA-Canada, the Flemish Scientific Research Fund (FWO, ‘the network’), and the Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch invite papers on the responsibilities of non-state actors in international law for a conference in Vancouver on 27-28 June 2013.

Link to the Call
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Call for Papers: National Business Law Scholars Conference – Columbus, OH 

The National Business Law Scholars Conference is seeking papers for the fourth annual meeting to be held June 12-13, 2013, at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law.

Deadline: April 15, 2013. To propose a presentation, email Professor Eric C. Chaffee at echaffee1[@]udayton.edu with an abstract or paper. Please title the email “NBLSC Submission – {Name}”.

If you would like to attend, but not present, your subject line should read “NBLSC Attendance” and be directed to Professor Chaffee. Please specify in your email whether you are willing to serve as a commentator or moderator. A conference schedule will be circulated in late May.
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Call for Papers: Business and Politics in 20th Century America – Wilmington, DE 

The Hagley Center presents Business and Politics in 20th Century America on November 8, 2013. Conference organizers seek scholarship on the following:

Over the past ten years there has been a surge of new scholarship on the relationship between business and American politics in the twentieth century. Much of this work examines the efforts by business and business people to influence politics, often in response to the growth of the American federal government that began with the Progressive Era and continued with the mid-century New Deal.

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Please submit a 500-word abstract and a c.v. of no more than three pages. Proposals are due by April 30, 2013 and should be sent via email to Carol Lockman, clockman[@]Hagley.org. Travel support will be available for presenters.
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