Call for Papers: The Sixth Annual ISHTIP Workshop 2014 The Instability of Intellectual Property 

Uppsala, Sweden JULY 2-4, 2014

Hosted by the Department of Archival Science, Library & Information Science and Museology & Heritage Studies (ALM), Uppsala University in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University.

The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP: invites to its sixth annual workshop. This time it will be held at Uppsala University and focus on the ways in which intellectual property moves and travels across disciplinary, legal, linguistic, and geopolitical borders. Instability can refer to the way intellectual property law seeks to pin down a legal regime for increasingly unstable works. Instability can refer to the interdisciplinarity of intellectual property scholarship, as it tries to navigate and expand across and beyond disciplinary traditions. Instability can refer to the many processes of cultural and legal translation and transculturation involved in flows of culture.
We encourage a broad variety of historical and/or contemporary topics that explore interdisciplinary and international aspects of intellectual property, engaging with the diversity and plurality of legal and linguistic traditions. We are particularly interested in receiving contributions that deploy a self-reflexive epistemological outlook on the study of intellectual property.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
* translation and appropriation * perceptions of instability in different times and places and strategies deployed for dealing with that instability * transnationalism * legal borrowing * comparative legal and cultural studies * hybridity (in both cultural and legal terms, for instance scientific property) * processes of commodification and conversion * the interplay between international, regional and local law/culture * IP from below * ”centre-periphery” relations * interchanges, translations and borrowings between various intellectual properties and jurisdictions *

Submissions of paper proposals should be made to and include a 300 word abstract, a one paragraph author bio and two page CV. Deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Please note that after the workshop, presenters will be invited to submit revised papers for publication in a special issue of the peer-reviewed, open access journal Culture Unbound

Thanks to the generous support of The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) the workshop is free of charge.

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Call for Papers: International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property 

Montpellier, France
JULY 6TH to 9TH, 2014

Submission Deadline: February 15th, 2014
Abstracts are invited for the Thirty Third International Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Theme: Intellectual Property Perspectives on the Regulation of New
Technologies The Congress is organized around the theme of Intellectual Property Perspectives on the Regulation of New Technologies. The overarching objective of the Congress is to discuss the challenges that emerging technologies and new technology-driven practices pose for intellectual property law and policy. This Congress will explore perspectives across the IP law spectrum, including some that are long-standing (e.g., patenting in the life sciences, open innovation and regulation through code) and some that are more recent (e.g. social media, the new GTLDs and nanotechnology). The programme will consist of eight panels to be
conducted in plenary for 90 minutes, comprised by a chairperson and 4 to 5 speakers. Parallel breakfast sessions will also form part of the programme, depending upon levels of interest. The theme is drafted in general terms so as to encourage maximum participation
and attendance. Papers are welcome on any topic related to this broad workshop theme. Suggested themes for papers include, but are not limited to the following:

* the integration of intelligent technologies into existing intellectual property frameworks;

* reconciling IP law and policy with conflicting moral positions (for example around biotech innovations);

* technology neutrality and IP law;

* digital exploitation and the collective management of copyright in an interconnected globalised world;

* new digital uses and IP law limitations (e.g. user-generated content, text and data mining, trademarks in metatags)

* data aggregation, database protection and competition law;

* technological advancement and its impact on the development agenda;

* the impact of the new GTLDs on trademark law and practice;

* jurisdictional barriers to the regulation and enforcement of rights; and

* the impact of network fragmentation on IP law and practice.

Please send the (provisional) title of your proposed paper and an abstract (500 words maximum) to Tana Pistorius at on or before the 15th of February 2014. Submissions will be reviewed by the Programme Committee and authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by the 5th of March 2014.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 33rd Annual Congress of ATRIP.

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ESIL International Economic Law Interest Group - Call for Papers 2014 Vienna ESIL Conference 

Call for papers 1: Non-Commercial Values in WTO and Investment Law

The International community is confronted with an ever growing set of topics concerning the relation between trade and investment protection at one side and public policy objectives such as sustainable development, social standards and human rights on the other hand. In regard to green energy goods, equipment and services and more generally, environmental protection and the fight to global warming, International Economic Law scholars debate on how to reconcile global policies and instruments aimed at avoiding protectionism and unjustified and/or arbitrary trade distortions with sustainable development as enshrined in the Marrakech WTO Agreement. Likewise, also within currently ongoing negotiations and deliberations regarding bilateral investment agreements, such as the discussions on a draft Model EU BIT, the US/China negotiations and the soon-to-be-launched Sino-European consultations for a Brussels/Beijing standalone investment treaty, the academic and stakeholders’ legal communities are on their way to study and propose a set of universal standards capable of representing
the core principles of a multilateral law for international investments where investment promotion and protection is combined with the right to regulate of the involved States, inter alia, in the areas of protection of national security, the environment, public health, workers’ and consumers’ rights, industrial policy and cultural diversity.

This section of the ESIL IELIG Full Day Workshop intends to address the above mentioned topics, also in the light of the most relevant international case-law recently developed, in particular, by the WTO panels and the Appellate Body, as well as by investment arbitration tribunals concerning the balance between, on one side, free trade and investment protection, and, on the other side, human
rights, environmental and consumer protection, social progress, and the right to regulate of the host countries. In particular, the panel will seek to encourage scholars and stakeholders to assess as well whether such recent case-law is always fully respecting the rules on interpretation codified in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

Call for papers 2: Transparency and Participation in International Economic Law
Together with the ever growing awareness that International Economic Law touches on nearly every aspect of our everyday lives, dealing with key policies going far beyond the traditional commercial or investment barriers, a constantly raising demand for greater transparency and participation characterizes
both the global economic policy fora and the relevant international dispute settlement proceedings. Nowadays, the discussions on trade and on investment promotion and protection inevitably involve
very sensitive issues concerning the environment and social progress, jointly with policies on public services and natural resources which were traditionally considered as being of exclusive domestic jurisdiction. In this situation, both scholars and stakeholders claim that the treaty-systems and practices concerning free trade and investments should be more transparent and inclusive. The existing rules on transparency in trade and investment law are considered insufficient in this regard, as they mainly address the transparency of Member's policies and regulations and thus fail to adequately guarantee the openness that should characterize fora and dispute settlement proceedings dealing with very sensitive and interconnected trade, investment and public policy issues. Such a weak scenario of positive international law concerning transparency and participation has been, in part, strengthened and widened through the case-law of the WTO Appellate Body and of the investment arbitrators. In both cases, amicus curiae submissions from civil society have been welcomed and ad hoc procedural measures have been adopted to overcome the rules on confidentiality in international dispute settlement proceedings in order to allow the public to take part in panel, Appellate Body or arbitration hearings – hearings usually exclusively reserved to the disputants. Also new sets of provisions –like the very recent UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration, adopted in July 2013- are approved by international specialized bodies in order to provide for greater openness in the conduct of disputes in the field of International Economic Law.
This section of the ESIL IELIG Full Day Workshop will focus on the above listed topics, addressing the legal framework of positive rules on transparency and participation both in the WTO system and in investment law, the principles of transparency and participation as they are interpreted and developed, through their decisions, by WTO and investment adjudicative bodies, as well as the practice of the ministries and legal services of the main international actors of global economic governance. The section also intends to assess the contribution that civil society has made and/or may make to the
articulation and development of International Economic Law through enhanced openness in free trade and investment treaty-systems.

Call for papers 3: Preferential Trade Agreements and Global Trade

In recent years, a huge number of trade agreements have been concluded or are under negotiation between various partners around the world. This includes some "mega" deals like the Transatlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP). In part, this trend is due to initiatives by the European Union, who had given up its earlier reluctance to conclude such agreements in 2006. Such bilateral or regional initiatives are expected to result in important economic benefits for the economies involved. They are aimed at providing for a "deep integration" and provide numerous innovative elements such as special procedures to deal with NTBs, new provisions on investment protection and provisions accommodating the protection of human rights, social standards, the environment and culture. Also, they come along with their own proper mechanisms for implementation, compliance and dispute settlement. Beyond the many noteworthy details of these
agreements, which are each worth of analysis and discussion, the more general question arises, what this new trend means in view of the multilateral trade order and the WTO in general. While some of
the elements of preferential trade agreements may well be understood to pioneer future developments in the multilateral system, they may at the same time been also viewed as a formidable challenge to multilateralism and the most favoured nations principle as cornerstones of the world trading system.

Call for papers 4: The EU Draft Investment Treaty Model and Recent Developments: A Change in Paradigm of International Investment Law?

When the European Union had been furnished with a competence for international investment law by the Lisbon Treaty taking effect in December 2009, many observers expected a turnaround and a new approach. Meanwhile drafts have been circulated on such EU model treaty and the issues have been discussed on different occasions. Moreover, recent developments such as the US/China negotiations
on a new BIT seem to indicate that we actually witness a change of the landscape of international investment law and the way we look at it, which goes far beyond the actual European activities. The
panel will discuss the European activities together with other recent developments, including BITs as well as investment chapters of preferential trade agreements with a view to ascertaining whether we indeed are facing a change of paradigm in international investment law.

Senior and junior scholars (including PhD students) are invited to participate to the ESIL IELIG calls for papers. Papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Only one abstract per author in each call for papers will be considered. Abstracts must not exceed 800 words, and have to be submitted to the following mail addresses:;;

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Call for Papers: The Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship 

The Center for Climate Change Law is excited to announce that Columbia Law School will host the second Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship on May 8-9, 2014. This Colloquium will allow junior environmental law scholars to present early-stage work and receive constructive feedback from a panel of senior scholars and from each other. Eligible applicants are pre-tenure professors, fellows, visiting assistant professors, and other junior scholars in similar academic positions. Papers on environmental law, energy law, natural resources law or water law are eligible.

The panel will select the proposals for discussion based on the degree of innovation they exhibit, the extent to which they point toward practical solutions to environmental problems, and whether, based on the scholarly and analytical quality of the proposals, they are likely to lead to high-quality work products.

To enter, please submit a cover letter, an outline or concept paper of 5 -15 double-spaced pages, and a C.V. to by March 7. If an article has already been drafted, please just submit a summary of no more than 15 pages. Footnotes are not expected. Articles that have already been accepted for publication are not eligible. This event is for early-stage work that can still be significantly shaped by the discussion at the Colloquium.

Authors of selected papers will be notified by March 30. All Colloquium participants will be expected to participate in the full program (the afternoon and evening of May 8, and all day on May 9) and to read and comment on each others’ proposals. Thanks to the generosity of Andrew Sabin, the travel costs of all participants will be reimbursed.

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Call for Papers: Stanford Journal of International Law 

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report approaches, the recurring dispute over the boundaries of the post-9/11 national security state is once again in full swing. In the United States, legislators, academics, and commentators have put forward various proposals to rein in intelligence gathering ranging from increased transparency in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to enhanced oversight of the Intelligence Community. As a result, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has pledged to conduct a “total review” of all intelligence programs.

The goal of Governing Intelligence is to move beyond the rather narrow focus of today's debate -- largely about surveillance -- to have a much broader conversation about the power and limits of intelligence agencies. We will convene academics, policymakers, business leaders, and civil society groups to analyze the challenges of intelligence governance from a comparative and international perspective. The premise behind the symposium is that the debate to rein in intelligence gathering should occur along with an examination of the power and limits of intelligence agencies in the face of transnational threats such as terrorism, cyber-warfare, drug trafficking, and weapons proliferation. Only then will we appreciate the imperatives of freedom and security in their proper context.

Call for Papers

The Stanford Journal of International Law seeks contributions by academics, practitioners, and policymakers in the form of approx. 10-15,000-word scholarly essays or 5,000-word white papers on either of the following topics: (a) national intelligence and transnational threats; or, (b) individual rights and intelligence gathering. The following is a non-exhaustive list of sub-topics and questions meant to provide guidance on the kinds of submissions we are looking for. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary submissions and submissions that combine descriptive and normative analyses.

National Intelligence and Transnational Threats:

Domestic Legal Mandates and Organizational Design: What is the relationship between organizational design and an intelligence system’s ability to counter transnational threats? To what extent should the legal mandates of particular intelligence agencies be reworked in the face of transnational threats? How do states compare in this regard? Can best practices be identified?
Intelligence Sharing and Transnational Threats: What role does intelligence sharing play in countering transnational threats? What are the strengths and weaknesses of bilateral or multilateral intelligence sharing agreements? To what extent should international organizations engage in intelligence gathering and sharing to counter transnational threats?

Individual Rights and Intelligence Gathering:

Domestic Safeguards and Oversight Mechanisms: How do oversight and accountability systems compare in ensuring the protection of individual rights vis-à-vis intelligence gathering? Do technology-enabled enhancements in intelligence gathering and law enforcement such as data mining and biometrics call for the strengthening of safeguards to protect individual rights? Can best practices be identified?
Extraterritorial Intelligence Gathering and Human Rights: What is the scope of a right to privacy, if any, under international law? Who is bound by such international law norms? Is there a need for the development of additional international law rules or instruments to address the changing intelligence gathering capabilities of states?


Submissions Mechanics and Timeline

Please send a 1-2 page abstract of your essay or white paper in Word format, a C.V. of the author(s), and point of contact information to by 5:00PM PST on February 15, 2014.
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Call for Papers: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Public Responsibility for Social and Economic Justice 

This workshop will be held at SUNY Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, June 13 – 14, 2014. The workshop will begin on Friday at 4PM, 509 O’Brian Hall, Putnam Way, Buffalo, NY. A dinner will follow the panel presentation session on Friday. Panel presentations continue on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5PM; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Email a proposal as a Word or PDF document by February 24, 2014 to Yvana Mols, Decisions will be made by March 7, 2014 and working paper drafts will be due May 19 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the workshop. For more details, go here. If you have additional questions or need more details, contact one of the workshop organizers: Martha Albertson Fineman,, Mimi Abramovitz, or Martha McCluskey,

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Call for Papers: Proportionality in International Law  

The German Society of International Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht - DGIR)in cooperation with the Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law (Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtswissenschaftler/-innen - AjV) will be hosting a joint conference on Proportionality in International Law

The conference will take place at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen from the 12th until the 13th of September 2014.

The principle of proportionality is an integral part of several areas of Public International Law,which can be illustrated inter alia by the following questions: Which role does proportionality play when military advantages are being assessed compared to the death of civilians? How can international watercourses be used in an equitable and reasonable manner? To what extent can trade restrictions be balanced against environmental protection? Even though proportionality is a widely accepted principle, a lot of controversial questions remain: Can objective requirements be found for the process of balancing interests or does the application of this principle lead to arbitrary or subjective results in international law? Which role do courts play in the application and
interpretation of this principle? Is the principle of proportionality interpreted differently in specific areas of international law or can it, on the contrary, be used as a tool to decrease fragmentation in international law? Can the principle of proportionality promote global constitutionalization?

Contributions in the field of Public International Law or European Law in German or English are most welcome, especially concerning the following topics:

- Theory, doctrine and history of Public International Law

- European Union Law

- Human Rights, especially the European Convention on Human Rights

- International Humanitarian Law, questions of international peace and security and self-

- World Trade Law and International Investment Law

- International Environmental Law

This event is supposed to provide a forum for dialogue between young as well as experienced scholars. Therefore, senior scholars will comment on the contributions of junior researchers.

Interested participants are asked to submit their abstracts by 15 February 2014 to: The abstract should not exceed 500 words and needs to be anonymized. Please submit your contact details (name, institution, email address) only in the email itself. You will be notified about the acceptance of your proposal by 15 March 2014. Please note that invited speakers will need to submit their papers by 31 July 2014. We aim to provide for the possibility of publication for selected papers. It is expected that travel and accommodation expenses will be covered to a certain extend.

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Call for Papers: ASIL-Southeast Junior Scholar Workshop  

The American Society of International Law, the ASIL-Southeast Interest Group, and the University of Virginia School of Law invite submissions for the first ASIL-SE Junior Scholar Workshop, to be held at the University of Virginia on May 5, 2014.

The call for papers is open to untenured professors, visiting assistant professors, graduate students who have earned a J.D., and those who have a J.D. and who are seeking employment as a tenure-track professor. Applicants must live or work in the Southeastern U.S, broadly conceived. In order to be considered, please send a one to two page abstract of the paper to and by January 21, along with a C.V. Those selected will be notified by February 1. The paper must be completed by April 7. Selected papers will be presented at the May Workshop with commentary by senior scholars in the field. Submissions on any topic/area of international law are welcome.

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Call for Papers: National Business Law Scholars Conference  

The National Business Law Scholars Conference (NBLSC) will be held on Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. This is the fifth annual meeting of the NBLSC, a conference which annually draws together dozens of legal scholars from across the United States and around the world. We welcome all scholarly submissions relating to business law. Presentations should focus on research appropriate for publication in academic journals, especially law reviews, and should make a contribution to the existing scholarly literature. We will attempt to provide the opportunity for everyone to actively participate. Junior scholars and those considering entering the legal academy are especially encouraged to participate.

To submit a presentation, email Professor Eric C. Chaffee at with an abstract or paper by April 4, 2014. Please title the email “NBLSC Submission – {Name}”. If you would like to attend, but not present, email Professor Chaffee with an email entitled “NBLSC Attendance.” 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: University of Glasgow Perspectives on Conflict Conference 2014 

Submissions are invited for the inaugural Perspectives on Conflict Conference to be held on Friday 6th June 2014 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to enhance the debate on issues surrounding the idea of “conflict” covering any areas in which there are tensions which could give rise to division.

Perspectives on Conflict is open to researchers from all social science backgrounds working on different conceptions of conflict, from the traditional characterisation of conflict as war to conflicts between national and European law on the interpretation of contract terms, to sociological theories of conflict and their resolution. The conference call is open to early career researchers (i.e. those in the later stages of their doctoral studies or having received their PhD within the last few years) who adopt practical or theoretical perspectives to their work in conflict.

We welcome submissions in all areas of Law, Sociology, Economy, Education and other Social Sciences, including (among others): crime and criminal justice; consumer law and economics; contract law; identities and social change; governance and the state; financial crisis management; human rights development; international politics; criminal and civil procedure; competition law; family law and family studies; succession law; sociological studies; conflicts in education (schools and universities). Unsolicited proposals are also welcome.

If you would like to present a paper, please submit a paper title, a brief summary and a short biography to by Friday 7th February 2014. Paper proposals should not exceed 500 words in length. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline. Proposals should reflect original research and presenters must submit a draft paper ahead of the conference. Final papers should be around 8,000 words. If you have any queries regarding the conference, please contact the Organising Committee at

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