Call for Papers: Peoples' Tribunals and International Law 

The Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law has issued a call for papers for an expert seminar on "Peoples' Tribunals and International Law." Here's the call:


The Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

in collaboration with the

Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso ISSOCO, Rome, Italy


Since the 1960s there have been dozens of “peoples’ tribunals”, “citizens’ tribunals” or similar commissions of inquiry established outside formal State and international structures. Many have sought to apply accepted norms of international law and quasi-judicial procedures, even though their judgments and verdicts have no formal status. These include the Russell Tribunals of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the many proceedings convened by the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal since its founding in 1979, the First and Second International Water Tribunal, the Latin American Water Tribunal, the Tokyo International Women’s Tribunal, and the World Tribunal on Iraq.

The seminar will be held on 27-28 September 2013 in Rome. The seminar will bring together 10-12 scholars or other experts from different disciplines to examine a number of general themes about the nature and impact of peoples’ tribunals over the last half century, and to critically examine the operation of a number of specific tribunals.

Papers are invited from scholars working in any relevant discipline, including law, political science, history, anthropology, sociology and other disciplines. Paper proposals should address a specific theme or a particular tribunal. Ideally papers would addresses issues such as:

• theoretical framework(s) for understanding the origins, functions and impact of peoples’ tribunals

• if a specific case study of a tribunal is proposed: the origins of the tribunal being examined and its relationship to campaigns of advocacy around the issues being addressed by the tribunal, the structure and organisation of the tribunal, the nature of the claim, procedural matters including the gathering and quality of evidence, the extent to which the tribunal draws on existing international law, expands its scope or otherwise contributes to its development, and the impact(s) of the tribunal proceedings

• tensions between tribunals as political events and as legal events

• the future of international peoples’ tribunals

• who ‘owns’ international law?

• other relevant issues.

Those interested in submitting abstracts should submit a one-page proposal for a paper, together with a brief curriculum vitae listing publications or details of other relevant work, to and by no later than 11 March 2013. Successful participants will be notified by the end of March 2013. There may be funding available to support travel to the conference. Draft papers of 6,000-8,000 words will be due by 15 July 2013 to enable circulation to other participants so that they can provide useful commentary on each other’s work. Final revised papers will be due on 30 October 2013.

The aim is to publish an edited volume in English with a leading academic press. Papers will be subjected to anonymous peer review and the best papers selected for inclusion in the edited volume.

Proposals and papers will be accepted in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German; however, the primary working language of the workshop and the language of the edited volume will be English (its contents will also include papers translated from other languages as well as papers written in English). The Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso ISSOCO may also publish a book of the proceedings of the conference which may include papers in languages other than English.

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Call for Papers: How Can International and Comparative Law Scholars Benefit from Each Other's Perspectives? 

The New Professionals Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law have issued a call for papers for a junior scholars workshop on "How Can International and Comparative Law Scholars Benefit from Each Other's Perspectives?" Here's the call:

Call for Papers: ASIL/NPIG-ASCL/YCC International and Comparative Junior Scholar Workshop, Columbia Law School, March 29, 2013

The New Professionals Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law are pleased to invite the submission of papers for a junior scholar workshop to be held at Columbia Law School on March 29, 2013.

How can international and comparative law scholars benefit from each other’s perspectives? What comparative law questions arise in the work of international law scholars? How do international law scholars approach comparative questions methodologically? Conversely, which international law questions are comparative law scholars interested in and how do they approach such questions? Papers concerning any area of international or comparative law selected for the workshop will raise one of these questions. Proposals for a 10/10 format paper (10 page paper/10 minute presentation, or less) should consist of abstracts of no more than 500 words. Submissions will be accepted from scholars who have been teaching international and/or comparative law for no longer than 10 years. Please submit proposals by March 1 to Bart Szewczyk ( and Claudia Haupt (

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Call for Panel Proposals: South Asia Legal Studies Pre-Conference Workshop 

The University of Wisconsin Global Legal Studies Center and the South Asia Legal Studies Working Group invite panel proposals relating to any aspect of the study of law and South Asia for the South Asia Legal Studies Pre-Conference. The Pre-Conference will take place Oct. 17, 2013.

We understand“law” in its broadest sense to encompass not only state law, but also norms emanating from non-state sources and actors. “Law” may therefore describe customary, religious and international normative orders, as much as rules produced by government institutions. We welcome panel proposals featuring speakers based in different countries, and from a diverse array of disciplines and career paths, including law, the social sciences, humanities, business, medicine and the sciences. In previous years, panel themes have included: corruption; Indian legal education; the rule of law in Afghanistan; the Pakistani lawyers’ movement; South Asian diasporas and law; cultural accommodation and legal pluralism; gender and sexuality; and environmental legal questions.

Deadline: March 1, 2013.

Include the panel title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, names of speakers and chair, including institutional affiliation, position, phone number, e-mail address, and website (if any), and and abstract for each speaker’s talk (max. 300 words each).

Propsoals should be emailed to Mitra Sharafi (sharafi[@] and Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu[@]

The Annual Conference on South Asia takes place Oct. 17-20, 2013.
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Call for Papers: Global Challenges in Public Private Partnerships – Antwerp, Belgium 

The conference Global Challenges in Public Private Partnerships: Cross-sectoral and Cross-disciplinary Solutions? will be held November 6-7, 2013. Conference hosts include the Department of Transport and Regional Economics, the Law Faculty of the University of Antwerp, and the Antwerp Management School.

The conference seeks to address the following in a cross-disciplinary way:

Globally, governments look to public private partnerships for investments, public service delivery and innovation in these times of diminishing government budgets. Partnerships between governments and private actors are even believed to be much needed instruments to face the grand societal challenges, like climate change, clean energy, smart and green transport, and secure societies. However, many existing PPP’s face hardship because of economic downturn. Moreover, because of increasingly risk-averse actors, securing commitment and financing, and maximizing collaboration, innovation and value for money through PPPs become enormous challenges. There is a pressing need for cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-country analyses and solutionsThe conference is open to submissions of contributions by interested academics, researchers and PhD students, as well as reflexive practitioners and policy makers active in the PPP field.

Deadline: Abstracts of papers should be of a scientific quality and are due February 28, 2013.
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Call for Papers: New Directions in Global Thought – Boston, MA 

The Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School is accepting submissions for conference papers and panel discussions to the conference NewDirections in Global Thought: IGLP at Five. The conference will be held June 3-4, 2013.

“The Institute encourages academic collaboration among young scholars from across the world, aiming to support a network of scholars and policy makers who share our belief that ideas matter, and our commitment to new voices and viewpoints for thinking about global governance, social justice and economic policy.” Also, conference discussions will likely address the following ”Comparative Legal Studies; the Corporation in Global Society; Human Rights and Social Justice; Global Science and Technology Studies; Law and Economic Development; International Economic Law and Regulation; Revitalizing Arab and Islamic Legal Traditions; Globalization and Labor; Legal Architecture of Monetary Integration; Private International as Global Governance; and Global Law and Political Economy.”

Deadline: March 1, 2013. Those wishing to present works at the conference should submit a 250-word abstract of the paper. Those with panel ideas should submit a 500-word description of the topic along with the names and emails of all potential panelists. Please click here to submit your application. Questions should be directed to iglp[@]

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Call For Papers 2013 Junior Scholars Workshop on Financial Services Law  

The University of Connecticut School of Law announces a writing competition for junior legal scholars, called the 2013 Junior Scholars Workshop on Financial Services Law. The competition is open to law faculty with less than six years of teaching experience. The competition is open only to papers that explore topics in financial services law. Appropriate paper topics include, but are not limited to:
- Banking, securities, insurance, and commodities regulation;
- Regulatory issues concerning the shadow banking system;
- Consumer financial services and the regulation of those services;
- Payment systems and other topics of commercial law related to commercial banking;
- Legal implications of bank-based versus capital-markets-based systems of finance; and
- Systemic financial risk.

We welcome scholars working in a variety of methodologies, including but not limited to empirical analysis, law and economics, law and anthropology, and law and sociology.

Papers will be chosen by faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Authors whose papers are selected will be invited to present their work at a conference with senior legal scholars, which will be held at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday June 14, 2013. All participants are asked to pay for their own travel expenses except for meals. In special cases, requests for reimbursement of travel expenses will be considered.

ELIGIBILITY: Submissions will be accepted from legal scholars with less than six years of teaching experience. Papers with more than one author are accepted so long as all of the coauthors have less than six years of teaching experience respectively. Only unpublished papers will be considered, although papers may be posted on SSRN, bepress, or as part of a similar working paper series. Authors must commit to participating in the full day-long conference in Hartford on June 14, 2013.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be received in full by Friday, March 8, 2013 at midnight. Authors will be notified of the results of the competition in late March 2013. For authors who submit only a precis, full papers are due by Friday, May 31, 2013 at midnight.

SUBMISSIONS: Either a full paper or a precis of 800 to 1200 words will be accepted for purposes of the March 8, 2013 deadline. Short abstracts are not sufficient. Submissions should be made by email attachments in MSWord or pdf. Submissions should include: 1) a full draft of the paper, if available, 2) a precis of 800 to 1200 words in all cases, and 3) the author's curriculum vitae. Acknowledgement of the submission will be sent (please follow up by telephone if you do not receive an acknowledgement). Submissions and inquiries should be directed to: Professor Patricia A. McCoy, University of Connecticut School of Law, Tel.: 860-570-5056,

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY: Presenters are free to publish their papers wherever they wish. The Connecticut Insurance Law Journal will welcome submissions and offer a $1000 honorarium for any accepted paper that is published in the Journal.

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Call for Papers 2013 Financial Stability Conference 

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Office of Financial Research

May 30-31, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Office of Financial Research invite the submission of research- and policy-oriented papers for the 2013 Financial Stability Conference to be held on May 30-31, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The objective of this conference is to highlight research and advance a dialogue on financial stability and policies affecting the financial services industry. The conference theme is "Financial Stability Analysis: Using the Tools, Finding the Data."

To develop this theme, the conference will focus on two dimensions of discussion: (1) research and experience in the practical use of tools that measure potential threats to financial stability, and (2) the problems related to including confidential (supervisory and other) data into these tools. Accordingly, the conference will feature research and policy sessions including both presentations and discussion panels on related agenda topics.

CONFERENCE FORMAT: The conference will bring together academics, policymakers, and market participants to discuss research dimensions and policy dimensions of financial stability and potential threats.
- Research Forum - This program will follow the format of an academic workshop and comprise submitted papers centering on the development of tools that measure potential threats to financial stability, and the required data for these tools, particularly the problems associated with using confidential data.
- Policy Discussions: This program aims to provide a platform for speakers and panelists from industry, regulatory agencies, policymaking, and academia to share their insights on the policy application of information from forecasting tools to preserve financial stability. These discussions will be highlighted in the form of a luncheon keynote address and a concluding panel discussion.

TOPICS: We welcome submissions of high-quality research on topics related to financial stability, potential threats, and related public policy. A list of possible topics includes, but is not limited to:
- Incorporation of risk measures into supervision, capital and liquidity requirements, deposit insurance pricing, and designation of firms for heightened supervision.
- Benefits of use of confidential supervisory information in financial stress measurement and forecasting tools.
- The aggregation, anonymization, and safeguarding of confidential supervisory information for use in financial stress measurement and forecasting tools.
- The modeling of potential threats to financial stability, computational and statistical techniques for financial stability analysis.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. Please send completed papers or a detailed abstract by e-mail to: and include "FINANCIAL STABILITY CONF" in the subject line. Final conference papers will be due on May 1, 2013. Questions about the Call for Papers or the 2013 Financial Stability Conference can be directed to Joseph Haubrich at or Stephen Ong at

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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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