Call for Papers: Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons 

Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability invites papers and proposals for talks, workshops and panel presentations for its inaugural conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” to be held August 7-9, 2014. We invite papers related to environmental justice and sustainability from all fields of discourse, including but not limited to environmental studies, theology, business, philosophy, engineering, education, law, the arts, international development, anthropology, religious studies, geography and the natural sciences.

We welcome papers that examine sustainability topics such as water, energy, food systems, climate change, biodiversity conservation, law and policy, and education through the lens of environmental justice, as well as papers that engage with the ethics, challenges and opportunities presented by the transition to a sustainable society. We particularly encourage papers from Jesuit institutions, as we hope to begin to build an environmental justice and sustainability network of individuals, centers, and university departments throughout the Jesuit world. We also seek active participation by those working in the arts and invite proposals that will bring visual or performance arts to the conference.

Submit presentation abstracts of no more than 200 words to by January 27th, 2014. Authors should indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation. Authors should also indicate if they would like to submit a full paper for a special issue of the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. Full papers will be due on June 1st, 2014 and final versions of accepted papers will be due on October 1st, 2014.

In addition to paper presentations, we welcome proposals for panel discussions and workshops that will 1) enable scholars to develop theoretical frameworks and/or engage non-academic communities, 2) focus on environmental justice issues from the perspective of nonprofit, agency and community leaders, and 3) facilitate discussions for undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Proposals for panels, workshops and art exhibits should be no longer than 200 words and should be emailed to:

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Call for Papers: Transparency and Disclosure in Private and Government Data Collection 

The Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (AELJ) is pleased to announce its annual symposium, Transparency and Disclosure in Private and Government Data Collection, being held this spring at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York. In conjunction with this event, AELJ will also publish a symposium edition.

Data privacy is a current hot topic amongst legal scholars, public policy makers, practicing attorneys, businesspersons, and consumers alike. Companies are increasingly using their consumers’ data to predict buying habits, and such data programs have sparked concern over consumer data privacy. One father received the news of his teenage daughter’s pregnancy after Target had sent her coupons for baby clothes by using the teenager’s data to predict her pregnancy score. Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks made us reassess the government’s data collection program and whether such collections should be limited or at least disclosed to the public. Policy makers and scholars now deliberate what kind of legal reforms or procedures must be put into place to protect the public’s private data from abuse.

Private and government data-collection programs, and “Big Data” in particular, have various beneficial and profitable uses. Large pools of consumer and public data can be assessed to discover certain patterns and correlations to help private entities and the government to make better decisions when serving consumers and the general public. However, such data-collection programs have sparked serious concern about personal privacy rights.

To protect consumer and public information, some scholars and advocates have called for new federal regulation. Many of these proposals take the form of limitations on the quality and quantity of permissible data to be collected. In contrast to these proposed protections, AELJ’s symposium will focus on the role of transparency, disclosure, and notice practices during data collections, and if such transparency practices could serve to ameliorate data privacy concerns, at least in part.

AELJ invites scholars, professors, and practitioners to submit articles for consideration in this issue. Submissions can be submitted for review and consideration by emailing or through ExpressO by February 23, 2014.

Submissions Requirements

Text and citations of submissions should conform to the 19th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al eds., 19th ed. 2010).

All submissions must be accompanied by the author’s CV.

Submissions may be accompanied by an abstract and cover letter, but neither is required.

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Call for Papers: Women in War and at War: Recent Developments  

18th – 19th September 2014 / University of Warwick

Call for papers

Women’s roles in war are complex and varied and are not limited to that of victims. During the Arab Spring, women took to the streets protesting against oppressive regimes in North Africa and the Middle East. We are also witnessing a significant rise in female political activism during conflict: many women increasingly find Internet, blogs and social media a useful tool to fight oppression, advocate change but also to report from war zones. Many women actively participate in combat, in regular armed forces but also as guerillas and, freedom fighters. They are also compelled to fight as girl child soldiers.

Sexual violence against women remains an alarming and disturbing feature of modern armed conflicts. This is despite the fact that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) prohibits rape and other forms of sexual violence in war and despite the major advances in International Criminal Law (ICL) in the punishment of gender crimes. Over the past two years, some further steps and initiatives have been taken at national and international level to address this problem. For instance, in June 2013 the United Nations Security Council issued Resolution 2106 on sexual violence in conflict, calling (once again) for the prevention of sexual violence during conflicts. In April 2012, the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, launched the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, which resulted in adopting a G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and endorsing the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which has been signed by 70% of UN Member States.

What impact have these measures had? Will they make a real difference? Have they had any impact on the way that armed conflict is conducted? How much can the law actually achieve? What do recent conflicts tell us about the contemporary representations of women in and at war?

This conference builds on the 2012 Women in War and at War conference held at Aberystwyth University and is designed to focus in particular on recent developments in relation to women and war.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics

We invite proposals for papers in the following or related areas:

- Women and the conflict in Syria

- Women, the Arab Spring and the aftermath

- International Humanitarian Law: effectiveness and challenges

- International Criminal Law and the prosecution of gender-related crimes

- Representations of women in and at war

- Women, war and the media

- Women in post-conflict settings

- Gender and conflict.

Abstracts of max. 250 words should be submitted by 15 February 2014 to Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by mid-March 2014.

The conference is jointly organised by the University of Warwick, Aberystwyth University and The Open University

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Call for papers: International Diversity in Patent Cultures – a historical perspective 

A workshop supported by the AHRC Network grant: ‘Rethinking Patent

University of Leeds, 15-16 May 2014

Deadline for paper proposals: 25th February.

International diversity among patent systems has been familiar to
historians since at least Edith Tilton Penrose’s classic The Economics of the International Patent System (1951). While some nations, e.g. the USA, permitted great liberality in what could be patented and how patents could be used, many European nations prohibited the patenting of medicines and weaponry (among much else) and imposed strict conditions on patentees’ exercise of their rights. The variety of patent systems across the globe was not dissolved by the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Indeed as Rajesh Sagar and Tshimanga Kongolo have shown, imperial regimes typically imposed their distinctive patent systems on colonies; this in turn generated further diversity e.g. the hybrid and variant forms adopted in parts of the British Empire. By contrast, other nations resisted pressure to institute patent systems well into the twentieth century, adopting other approaches to the management of invention.

This workshop explores the factors underlying such diversity and how it was managed, challenged, and in some respects harmonized by the mid 20th century.

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Call for Papers - Conceptualising Accountability in International Economic Law 

The concept of accountability in international law is distinguished from the doctrine of responsibility and liability and refers to an ad hoc practice in international relations that seeks to ensure
certain subjects do not escape with impunity when they violate norms that are considered fundamental to the interests of the international community as a whole.

Accountability has not yet acquired a clearly defined legal meaning. Originally conceived as a mechanism to be applied within the financial sphere, nowadays the concept of accountability takes
different forms: judicial, political, administrative and – indeed – financial. In addition, accountability does not involve exclusively States, but also international institutions, Non-state actors and private entities – when such subjects have to respond of their performances.

Among the principal effects of the evolution of international law – and global economic relations – there is a greater focus on the relationship between rulers and ruled. The legitimacy of international rules thus begins to be determined, inter alia, by the level of accountability lying on those adopting them. This is even more so when rules and decisions are intended to affect consumers, entrepreneurs, workers and communities in general. In this scenario transparent, discrete and on-going legal
constraints on particular actors and transactions may provide people an adequate opportunity to influence the content of norms impacting on them. For example, new sets of stakeholders are emerging in respect of international economic institutions such as IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO and claiming that the institutions should be accountable to them.

The growing demand for more participative processes of accountability is making it a topical issue and it is creating political and cultural debates among States and scholars.
Given these premises, purposes of this Volume are to shed light on aspects of accountability that have arisen in various areas of International Economic Law as well as to think over possible
innovations and improvements from an international and comparative perspective.

We welcome submissions that describe new (previously unpublished), cutting-edge research in the
following focus areas:
• Accountability and Law of International Development Banks
• Accountability and WTO Law
• Accountability and International Financial Law
• Accountability and International Environmental and Energy Law
• Accountability and Investment Law
• Accountability and International Development Aid Law
• Accountability and Multinational Enterprises
• Accountability and Non-governmental Organisations
• Accountability and UN Agencies
• Accountability and Regional Intergovernmental Organisations
• Accountability and Law-makers

Please submit to a 500-word abstract in English, with indication of the author(s), their affiliation and full contact information.

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CALL FOR PAPERS - Stepping Away from the State: Universality and Cosmopolitanism in International and Comparative Law  

The Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) will hold its Third Annual Conference on 10–11 May 2014 at the St John’s College Divinity School, University of Cambridge.

This conference will explore approaches that question the traditional state-centric view of international and comparative law. The idea of universality suggests that international law applies equally and indiscriminately across domestic legal systems, and within sub-systems of international law itself. Cosmopolitanism conceives of the world as a single entity, with resonances between people irrespective of their location, nationality and culture, and asks how legal actors can access legal regimes beyond their state’s domestic framework.

The CJICL welcomes a wide variety of proposals in the fields of comparative and international law (both public and private) that encompass empirical approaches, theoretical discussions and perspectives from practice. Research topics related to the theme of this conference include (but are not limited to):

The universality of international law as a moral principle, especially the interaction between such a principle and the consensual theory of international law;

The idea of a global public law that recognises the legal personality of actors other than states, including international organisations, individuals, corporations and NGOs;

The extent to which international law is a cohesive corpus as opposed to a fragmented collection of related but fundamentally separate legal regimes;

Theoretical perspectives on cosmopolitanism and comparative law methodology;

Historical perspectives on citizenship, including the rights and duties of citizens in individual jurisdictions;

Analysis of concrete examples of cosmopolitanism in private law institutions, including contracts and trusts;

The growth of international arbitration as an instrument of cosmopolitanism; and

Dialogues between courts in different jurisdictions as expressions of universality and/or cosmopolitanism.

Abstract submissions must be no longer than 300 words in length and should be accompanied by a brief biography or CV. The closing date for submissions is 26 January 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by 10 February 2014 and must submit their papers by 27 April 2014. Applications should be submitted using the form below.

Conference papers should be no longer than 10,000 words, including footnotes. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the CJICL (volume 3 issue 4) and abstracts should be submitted on the basis that the subsequent paper will be available for publication.

General registration for the conference will open in early February 2013 on this website. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended.

Any Conference related enquires should be directed at:


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Immigration Law Professors Workshop  

A major focus of the biennial Immigration Law Professors Workshop is the opportunity for immigration scholars to share scholarship in progress. Opportunities will be available to receive feedback from colleagues on draft papers and on ideas in the formative stage during incubator sessions.

The members of the Works in Progress committee for the conference are: Huyen Pham (Texas A&M, Chair); Jill Family (Widener); Kit Johnson (Oklahoma); Jennifer Koh (Western State); and Stephen Lee (UC Irvine). After the committee receives submissions in response to this call, the committee will solicit and assign commentator(s) for each work in progress, based on shared scholarship interests. The committee also plans to form the discussion groups for the works in progress sessions largely based on attendees' expressed preferences. We will do our best to honor preferences, but the need to create balanced groups may sometimes be an overriding factor. The date and time for each work in progress session will be posted on the conference website in early May.

We hope to have room for all who express interest in presenting a work in progress. If we face any constraints, we will give priority to junior scholars and drafts submitted on time.
Submission Instructions

By March 21, 2014, please email to Amy Guthrie ( the title and abstract for your work in progress that you wish to present at the Immigration Law Professors Workshop. Please also identify whether this is a draft paper or an idea for an incubator session.

By April 21, 2014, please upload your draft paper (maximum 50 pages) or a brief description of your incubator idea (maximum 3 pages) to the workshop website. Further instructions for uploading will follow in April. The website will be password protected so that only conference attendees will be able to download these documents.
Interested in Serving as a Commentator?

Please let Kit Johnson ( know if you are interested in serving as a commentator during a works in progress session. Commentators will lead the discussion, but others are encouraged to participate as well.

If you have any questions about the works in progress sessions or the submission procedure, please contact Jill Family (

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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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