Conference on Innovation and Communications Law — Michigan State College of Law 

The Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Law Program (IPIC) at the Michigan State University College of Law will host the fifth annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law (CICL) from May 14-17, 2013, in Traverse City, Michigan. The Homestead Resort on Lake Michigan, adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, will serve as the conference’s location.

The Conference is a cooperative effort of Michigan State University College of Law, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, the University of Turku Faculty of Law (Finland), and Drake University Law School. The conference committee seeks proposals for presentations from members of academia, government, non-profits, and industry.

The theme for this year’s conference is Intellectual Property, the Internet, and Computational Transformation. Focusing on how the ever greater power of computation drives changes in the practice of law and the doctrines of intellectual property rights (IPR), we seek papers and presentations examining how this transformation affects both the doctrines of intellectual property and communications law as well as the practice of law in both domestic and international settings. We hope participants will examine the continued and developing interaction between the internet and the ever expanding power of digital communication and the development of copyright, trademark and patent law. We seek both theoretical papers that examine the reasons and normative bases for these developments—as well as more descriptive and doctrinal papers that gather, collect, and analyze information about these changes both from a domestic and international perspective. Finally, we seek papers examining how technology is changing the way law is practiced, such as developments in predictive algorithms in patent and copyright cases, computer-assisted visualizations of IPR issues, and computer-guided practice of law.

Please send abstracts or proposals, or inquiries, to Adam Candeub, IPIC director,; Katja Lindross,, Sean Pager, IPIC associate director,, or Jenny Carter-Johnson, For more information, check out the website:
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Call for Papers: Fordham Law VSR Workshop on Human Rights and the International Law of Drones 

Deadline for Abstract: February 18, 2013

Fordham Law School Visiting Scholars and Research Section on International Law will be holding a workshop on Human Rights and the Use of Drones in International Law. The workshop will be an exchange of scholarly views pertaining to the legality of the use of drones and its impact on human rights.

The international war on terror has shifted in recent years to other “non-state actors, which is increasingly being executed by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS). This new form of attack takes the shape of an invincible war with significant implications on the local population and for international law. This new art of warfare raises a number of legal issues. Are drone strikes a form of use of force in International Law? If so, who are legally responsible for drone warfare? Should there be standard rules of warfare that include drone strikes? What are the rules of modern warfare? What is the impact of drone strikes on human rights? Should the law be concerned about drone strikes and human rights? These and other questions will be addressed in this workshop.

Participants chosen for the workshop will be informed by February 28, 2013, and expected to submit their full papers by March 29, 2013. The workshop will take place on April 19, 2013 at Fordham Law School.

For submissions and other information:

Sean Morris
Chair, Fordham Law VSR Section on International Law

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Bioethics and Humanities — Tradition, Innovation, Moral Courage — Atlanta, GA 

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities holds its annual meeting Oct. 24-27, 2013, in Atlanta. Abstracts are due by March 4, 2013. The call for papers includes a student paper award.

The theme for the 2013 ASBH meeting, “Tradition, Innovation and Moral Courage,” encourages participants to respond to the ways bioethics and the health humanities are inspired and shaped by various moral traditions, beliefs, and methodological approaches, as well as how these very traditions and practices become the foci of contemporary bioethical and humanities work bearing on moral progress and moral “innovation.” This year’s ASBH theme invites members to reflect on the dialectic among moral traditions, moral inquiry, and moral innovation, and the ways that cultures identifying themselves as morally progressive might conceptualize the meaning and role of moral courage in realizing that progress. With bioethical work being received with ever increasing public scrutiny and impact, the 2013 ASBH conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, whose cultural roots and evolution reflect the ways tradition and innovation propelled and shaped a history in which moral courage played and continues to play a quintessential role.
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Law & Economics of IP and Competition Law — Workshop for Jr. Scholars — Schloss Ringberg, Germany 

The International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation and the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich will jointly organize their Fourth Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law June 10-12, 2013, at Ringberg Castle(one hour south of Munich). The submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2013.

Hat tip: SSRN.
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Australian And New Zealand Society of International Law Annual Conference – Canberra 

The 21st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (‘ANZSIL’) will take place from Thursday, 4 July 2013 to Saturday, 6July 2013 at The Australian National University, Canberra. The conference will be hosted by the Centre for International and Public Law, ANU College of Law. The Conference Organising Committee now invites proposals for papers to be presented at the conference.
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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[@] 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 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

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 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 (, Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School ( or Adriaan Lani at Harvard law School (

Ian Ayres
Joseph Bankman
Adriaan Lani

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