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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 shelley.welton@law.columbia.edu 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?

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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 sjilboard@gmail.com 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, ymols@emory.edu 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, mlfinem@emory.edu, Mimi Abramovitz, iabramov@hunter.cuny.edu or Martha McCluskey, mcclusky@buffalo.edu

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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-
defence

- 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: ajvdgir2014@uni-goettingen.de. 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 hcohen@uga.edu and Ingrid.wuerth@vanderbilt.edu 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 eric.chaffee@utoledo.edu 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 GlasgowPerspectives@gmail.com 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 GlasgowPerspectives@gmail.com.

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Call for Papers: Governing Intelligence: Transnational Threats and the National Security State 

Governing Intelligence Transnational Threats and the National Security State
May 2, 2014 at Stanford Law School

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:

1. 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?

2. 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:

1. 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?

2. 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 sjilboard@gmail.com by 5:00PM PST on February 1, 2014.

Decisions will be made on a rolling basis and released no later than by February 15, 2014. Shortlisted authors will be invited to make a panel presentation based on their working paper at the journal’s Symposium on May 2, 2014. Although acceptance of the invitation is not required to receive an offer of publication, priority will be given to shortlisted authors who accept the invitation to present at the Symposium. In the case of presenters, a draft presentation paper will be due by April 25, 2014.

Final drafts of approx. 10-15,000-word scholarly essays or 5,000-word white papers must be submitted for publication by August 15, 2014. Subject to customary editorial standards, the selected contributions will be published in Issue 51.1 of the Stanford Journal of International Law, which is scheduled for publication in January 2015.

Please address any questions you may have about the Call for Papers to José Alemán, Editor-in-Chief, at jaleman1@stanford.edu.

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Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Third Annual Conference  

Stepping Away from the State:Universality and Cosmopolitanism in International and Comparative Law

Call for Papers

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 at www.cjicl.org.uk/conference.

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 mid February 2013 on our website, www.cjicl.org.uk. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended. Link to Call

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Peacebuilding and Environmental Damage in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices 

Restoration and management of natural resources are key elements in the transition from armed conflict to peace. They are related to security and justice after conflict, governance strategies and development policies. UNEP has stressed this nexus1 and existing legal shortcomings in its reports. Other initiatives, such as the Toxic Remnants of War project, have suggested including legal mechanisms related to the environmental consequences of military activities as part of post-conflict reconstruction. The International Law Commission (ILC) decided to include the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict in its programming, including non-international armed conflicts and ‘post-conflict measures’

This topic requires further attention.5 Traditional approaches to environmental protection face particular challenges during and after conflict. Calls for the acceptance of specific ecological obligations and procedures in post-conflict environments encounter resistance and constraint in military operations. Some harms and obligations lend themselves to systemic or abstract regulation. Others require context- and case-specific consideration. Jus post bellum provides a potential framework to take into account these specificities. It allows exploration of otherwise disparate areas of law and practice under a unified framework that focuses on post-conflict societies and the creation of sustainable peace.

This seminar is the first of two seminars planned for 11 – 13 June 2014. The second seminar relates to property, investment, and jus post bellum. The main aim of these seminars is to create guidelines for law and policy for property and the environment in the transition from armed conflict to peace. Discussants are encouraged to connect these with other, overarching issues, such as the role of international interventions, local ownership, the right to self-determination, and addressing root causes of conflict. The guidelines will be backed by substantive research papers submitted via this call for papers for presentations at the seminar.

We are seeking submissions of academic research papers, built around identifiable guidelines, for presentation at the seminar. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Please indicate for which seminar the abstract is intended. Submissions must be written in English and sent to j.m.iverson@cdh.leidenuniv.nl and j.s.easterday@cdh.leidenuniv.nl no later than 27 January 2014. Selected participants will be informed 22 February 2014. Final papers should be submitted by 16 May 2014.

Six main topics: (1) Damage and Harm; (2) Nexus and Interaction between Diverse Legal Frameworks; 3) Shared Responsibility; Regulatory Policies; (5) Accountability, Reparation and Resource Management; and (6)Prevention. Link to full call

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