Call for Papers / Conference Announcement -- ASIL Private International Law Interest Group -- What is Private International Law? 

ASIL Private International Law Interest Group -- What is Private International Law?

On 5/6 October 2012, the ASIL Private International Law Interest Group will, together with the Center for International and Comparative Law at Duke University, organize a 1½ day conference to discuss selected papers and ideas emerging from this call. We also plan to publish the papers selected for presentation in a special edition of an international law journal or a volume of collected papers. The venue of the conference and place of publication will be announced in early 2012.

A special invitation goes to authors under 35 years of age. The author under 35 of the best finished paper will be the winner of this year’s Private international Law Prize of the American Society of International Law. The prize money ($500) will be paid as a stipend to enable the author to participate in the conference and present his or her paper.

Submissions should be emailed to Ralf Michaels ( and Rahim Moloo ( by May 15, 2012. Decisions on both invitations to present at the conference and on the ASIL Prize will be made by July 1.

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Call for Papers: International Law Weekend 2012 

In anticipation of International Law Weekend 2012 – the premier international law event of the fall season, to be held on October 25-27, 2012, in New York City – the sponsors would like to invite you and your colleagues to submit proposals for panels, roundtables, and lectures at International Law Weekend (ILW) 2012.

The overall theme of ILW 2012 is Ideas, Institutions, and Interests – Dynamics of Change in International Law. International Law Weekend is sponsored and organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (“ABILA”) – which welcomes new members from academia, the practicing bar, and the diplomatic world – and the International Law Students Association (“ILSA”). ILW 2012 will be held in conjunction with the 91st annual meeting of the American Branch.

The program chairs invite proposals to be submitted on-line via the 2012 ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form on or before Friday, April 13, 2012. Please provide a title, brief description of the topic, and the names, titles, and affiliations of the chair and likely speakers – but also describe what you think would be the most engaging and exciting format, including ways to enhance participation by the audience.

One of the objectives of ILW 2012 is to promote new dialogues among scholars and practicing lawyers; so formats should include presenters with diverse experiences and perspectives. Additionally, extra consideration will be given to proposals including at least one law student or recent graduate. The 2012 ILW Program Committee Members are: Steve Hammond, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP,; Nikolai B. Krylov, Winston & Strawn LLP,; Vivian Shen, International Law Students Association,; Mark R. Shulman, Pace Law School,; Michael Shewchuk, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs,; and Ruth Wedgwood, ABILA, (Ex officio).

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Call for Papers: Latin American Society of International Law 2012 Biennial Conference 

Latin America: Heritage and Inheritance in International Law
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 23-­25 August 2012

Ever since their independence, Latin American States have exercised significant influence on the progressive development of international law. Having arrived to international society during the first quarter of the nineteenth century, these States were confronted with a largely unfavorable international legal system. This prompted an immediate concern among the newly independent States for the formulation of clear rules to protect their autonomy. In asserting these rights, they provided solid bases for the transformation of international law. Remarkably, the following century saw the generalization of these rules one after the other, which today constitutes the body of international law. During its Biennial Conference in 2012, the Latin American Society of International Law (LASIL) seeks to assess the development of international law taking Latin America as a focal point. The global situation of the past decade has prompted the revisionism of cosmopolitan and universalist tendencies and an increasing reliance on regional and national perspectives to address pressing issues. The global economic crisis, the unprecedented growth of emerging countries and the insecurity derived from complex armed activities has favored inward-­‐looking responses with far-­‐reaching implications of a legal, political and economic character. The Biennial Conference will evaluate these issues from a wider perspective, while situating Latin America on the global stage. The first objective of the Conference is to evaluate the region’s main contributions to the development of general international law overtime. The second consists in identifying legal responses to the new international challenges of our time.

1. International human rights tribunals and the Inter-­‐American System
2. Migration: between national security and protection of the individual
3. Violence and armed conflict situations: differences and affinities
4. Dispute settlement and the Pact of Bogota
5. Developments in trade and investment: the environmental breakthrough
6. Cultural diversity in Latin America

Proposals should be sent electronically to LASIL’s Board of Directors before 31 March 2012, through the Following e-­‐mail addresses: and Proposals shall include the following: a. Name of the discussion table in which they intend to participate b. An abstract of 500 words of the proposed topic c. Name of author(s) and institutional affiliation (if applicable) d. CV of author(s), including a list of publications e. Contact details of author(s), (including e-­‐mail and phone number) f. The language of the presentation The LASIL Board of Directors will constitute a Committee responsible for the selection of proposals. The final decision regarding the inclusion of papers on the conference’s agenda will be notified to the participants not later than 30 April 2012. Finalized versions of the papers must be submitted by 31 July 2012. Only one proposal per person is allowed.

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Call for Papers for Special Issue Conference Corporate Governance: An International Review 

Special Issue Conference Corporate Governance: An International Review

Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: Public and Corporate Governance

April 25-26, 2013, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada

- Abstract Submission Deadline: January 15, 2013
- Special Issue Submission Deadline: April 1, 2013
- Paper Development Workshop Dates: April 25-26, 2013

Guest Editors:
- Rajesh Chakrabarti, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
- Douglas Cumming, York University, Toronto, Canada

BACKGROUND AND SPECIAL ISSUE PURPOSE: Governments in both developed and developing countries are in agreement that entrepreneurship and innovation will facilitate economic growth and determine the competitive advantage of nations in the 21st century. Massive amounts of resources are expanded to foster both innovation and entrepreneurial activity in these countries. It is therefore crucial that public policy matters are able to distinguish between supporting entrepreneurial activity or merely supporting small and medium sized enterprises. Entrepreneurial activity, or the generation of value through the creation or expansion of economic activity in terms of new products, processes or markets, is not restricted to smaller enterprises. Innovation and entrepreneurial activity may also take place in larger, more established enterprises.

THEMES: Some prior evidence is consistent with the view that the real effects of entrepreneurial activity are best realized in conjunction with effective governance. For instance, improved corporate governance at the time of initial public offerings (IPOs) facilitates IPO performance. Also, more effective venture capitalist oversight improves the performance of venture capital backed firms. But there is clearly greater scope for new work on topic. To this end, new research papers could be developed around the following themes:

1. Public policy and entrepreneurial governance: What public policies translate into better governance and thereby enable high-growth entrepreneurial activities versus sustaining low performing SMEs?

2. Investor abilities and entrepreneurial governance: Which investors (such as banks, venture capitalists, angel investors, or others) are most effective in improving governance and thereby enable high growth entrepreneurial activities?

3. Financial contracting and entrepreneurial governance: What contractual mechanisms are most effective in mitigating the scope for entrepreneurial opportunistic behavior and facilitating entrepreneurial growth?

4. Legal systems and entrepreneurial governance: Which legal mechanisms across countries and over time facilitate entrepreneurial governance and outcomes?

5. Institutions and entrepreneurial governance: Apart from legal institutions, what other aspects of institutional settings or infrastructure (such as high-tech parks, universities, virtual incubators, etc.) enable entrepreneurial governance and promote agglomeration and entrepreneurial activity?

Other themes on related topics are also welcome. Studies on small firms and large firms are welcome as entrepreneurial activities can take place in a variety of organizations. Cross-country or single-country studies that bring new insights into entrepreneurial governance are welcome from around the world. CGIR will publish a special issue of the best papers that advance the journal's mission of developing a global theory of corporate governance.

SUBMISSION AND REVIEW PROCESS: The deadline for submission to the conference is January 15, 2013. Notifications about acceptance into the conference will be sent by February 15, 2013.

Submissions to the conference should be sent to Douglas Cumming at: with the subject line "CGIR Special Issue Conference". Authors may submit one-page abstracts or completed papers if available. Please indicate whether or not you intend to submit to the CGIR special issue in your conference submission.

Fully developed manuscripts should be submitted to the CGIR by April 1, 2013 for those that want to be considered for the special issue. All manuscripts submitted to the CGIR special issue should be submitted through the CGIR Manuscript Central website

A conference to aid in the development of papers will be held on April 25-26, 2013 at the Schulich School of Business, York University, in Toronto, Canada. There will not be a conference fee.

Final decisions on papers for the CGIR Special Issue will be made later in the year. Please note that acceptance to the conference does not necessarily guarantee acceptance to the CGIR special issue.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information, please contact:
- Rajesh Chakrabarti, Indian School of Business,
- Douglas Cumming, Schulich School of Business, York University,

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Call For Papers -- A Comparative Institutional Framework for Global Governance Analysis 

A Comparative Institutional Framework for Global Governance Analysis

European University Institute, Florence, 3 May 2012

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATORS: Neil Komesar (Wisconsin University) and Miguel Poiares Maduro (Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute)

This workshop focuses on constructing an analytical framework to understand and discuss different proposals regarding global governance. The framework we will employ is Comparative Institutional Analysis (CIA).

OVERVIEW: CIA is at once an obvious and yet challenging approach to global governance. It seems obvious that analyzing global governance means analyzing the available and proposed governance mechanisms - institutions in our sense of the word. This task is challenging because these institutional mechanisms are all highly imperfect and their imperfections tend to parallel one another.

It is common to find one-sided critiques of existing governance as though such insights provide a sufficient case for the substitution of some often idealized alternative. This is single institutional analysis. Although single institutional analysis makes for attractive if superficial rhetorical argument it is largely analytically empty. It is absolutely necessary to address the real functioning of all the relevant institutional alternatives. This is comparative institutional analysis.

We seek papers willing to address this central issue in the context of global governance. The papers may deal with the general questions of global governance or with specific case studies. The essential requirement is that they engage both with Global Governance and Comparative Institutional Analysis.

IMPORTANT DATES: Selection of participants will be based on either a 2-3 pages outline of their proposed paper (with details on the methodology and empirics) or (better) a first draft of their paper. An up-to date CV should also be provided.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Proposals and the CVs should be sent in pdf format to: no later Than 2 April 2012.

Please name your file according to the following format SURNAME_CIA_Draft.pdf and SURNAME_CIA_CV.pdf

Selection results will be notified by 12 April. Draft papers will have to be delivered no later than 30 April 2012. The workshop will take place on 3 May 2012.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME: The goals of the Global Governance Programme (GGP) are to share knowledge, develop new ideas on issues of global governance, and serve as a bridge between research and policy-making. Research, Policy and Training are the three dimensions of the GGP. The GGP is part of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, a world-renowned and truly European academic institution uniquely placed to contribute the European perspective to the global governance debate.

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“International Law and Disasters” Fourth International Four Societies Conference 

“International Law and Disasters”
Fourth International Four Societies Conference

Call for Papers

The international law societies of Australia & New Zealand, Canada, Japan and the United States of America (the “Four Societies”) have held three conferences bringing together younger scholars around a theme often resulting in a scholarly volume (Wellington, New Zealand in 2006; Edmonton, Canada in 2008; and Awajishima, Japan in 2010).
The Four Societies are organizing a Fourth Joint Conference and invite paper proposals from their members. The Four Societies Conference will be held September 27 to 29, 2012 in Berkeley, California at the Claremont Resort. The theme of the Fourth Joint Conference will be “International Law and Disasters.” The Steering Committee for the Meeting invites paper proposals from the members of these four societies.

The Deadline for Submission of Proposals is April 1, 2012

Each sponsoring society will select four papers, subject to the review and approval of the Steering Committee comprising members from the Four Societies. Preference will be given to papers by those who are in the early stages of their careers. Additional preference will be given to innovative and cutting edge proposals related to International Law and Disasters. The selected participants will be notified in May 2012. Each participant will submit a full paper to the organizers by 31 August for distribution to the other participants.

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The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: Achievements, Impact and Challenges 

The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court:Achievements, Impact and Challenges

Organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies with the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative

September 27 – 28, 2012 Peace Palace, The Hague, The Netherlands

In 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of its entry into force. This anniversary presents an occasion to reflect on the world’s first permanent institution designed to hold individuals accountable for violations of serious international crimes. It is an opportunity to examine the law and practice of the Court, its contribution to international criminal law and policy, and its potential role in countries where such crimes have been committed. The conference will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and practitioners from within the broader international law community to reflect on the ICC as an institution, its jurisprudence, the impact of its activities and to critically assess future possibilities for the Court.

The conference organizers are currently seeking submissions for panel discussants. Interested participants should send a draft title and abstract of their proposal (500 words), written in English, together with a CV to Proposals are due no later than Monday, April 16, 2012. Submissions should be related to one of the themes listed below, and should indicate under which theme their proposal is to be considered. Accepted submissions may be considered for publication in a volume on the Conference theme with a leading international publisher.

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ASIL-ESIL International Legal Theory Workshop Call for Papers  

ASIL-ESIL International Legal Theory Workshop Call for Papers

ASIL's International Legal Theory Interest Group, in partnership with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on International Legal Theory, will hold a joint works-in-progress workshop at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law September 27–28, 2012.

The workshop’s theme is “Transatlantic Debates in International Legal Theory.” On many levels, the interaction between North American international legal scholarship and its European counterpart(s) is working very well. Time and again, however, one finds that the underlying theoretical or philosophical framework is radically different. In this workshop we would like to explore that difference without letting ourselves be defined by it. Contributions analyzing, criticizing, denying or celebrating the difference are welcome, as well as papers exemplifying the various theoretical approaches to international law, be they “American,” “European,” or neither. The most important function of this workshop is to intensify the transatlantic theoretical debate by bringing together scholars with diverse disciplinary, philosophical, and methodological perspectives to discuss cutting-edge research on international legal theory.

Up to 12 papers will be selected for presentation. Although discussants will be assigned to introduce the papers, all workshop participants will be expected to read all of the contributions in advance and come prepared to contribute to the discussion. Interested participants should submit an abstract (1,000 words maximum) summarizing the ideas they propose to develop for presentation at the workshop. Submissions on all topics related to international legal theory are encouraged, but preference will be given to proposals that engage the workshop’s theme. Papers that have been accepted for publication prior to the workshop are eligible for consideration, provided that they will not appear in print before the workshop.

Abstract submissions should be sent to by April 20, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by May 11, 2012. Papers must be fully drafted and ready for circulation to participants by August 31, 2012. Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to Evan Criddle ( ) or Jörg Kammerhofer ( ).

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Labor and Employment Law Colloquium 

Labor and Employment Law Colloquium

Northwestern University School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law are pleased to announce that they will co-host the Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law on September 14 and 15, 2012 in Chicago, IL.

The Colloquium, now in its seventh year, provides an opportunity for labor and employment law scholars to present works-in-progress and receive feedback from their colleagues in the field.

Friday, September 14, 2012 - Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Northwestern University School of Law

Deadline August 10, 2012


Abstracts and Papers
Deadline September 1, 2012
Submit papers to

Conference Organizers
Kimberly Yuracko, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
Michael Zimmer, Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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Call for Papers: Journal of Law and Courts 

The new peer-reviewed Journal of Law and Courts invites submissions from all scholars interested in legal institutions, actors, processes, and policy.

The chief aim of the JLC can be expressed simply: to publish outstanding articles that most students of law and courts will want to read, regardless of the theoretical and methodological perspectives from which they approach their own research. The scope of the journal is very broad. We welcome papers about law and legal actors of all types, at all levels, and in all places, from trial
courts in Asia to high courts in Latin America, from family law to constitutional law to international law, from litigants to lawyers to jurors to judges. Theoretical and empirical studies are equally
welcome. Empirical studies may be descriptive or causal and may employ any rigorous method, qualitative or quantitative.

Submissions will be evaluated on three chief criteria: 1) the importance of the questions or ideas addressed; 2) analytical rigor; and 3) success in crossing boundaries that often divide scholars from different disciplines or even segments of the same discipline. It is this third criterion that will distinguish articles published in the JLC most markedly from those published elsewhere. Authors must identify implications that matter to scholars with different perspectives and write in a style that encourages a broad readership, keeping jargon to a minimum and, where appropriate, acknowledging reliance on assumptions that would likely be contested by other scholars.

Theoretical clarity is expected of all articles, and methods in empirical pieces will be required to be as transparent as possible.
Articles should be succinct, with theoretical discussions and literature reviews limited to central issues and closely related works. Brief papers – empirical research notes or sharply focused and tightly argued essays – will be looked on favorably. Papers should not exceed 10,000 words, except where extra length is essential to the integrity of the article, as, for instance, in a work of qualitative research where fairly extensive descriptions are required to allow readers to evaluate the evidence.

Submit your manuscript on the website at
David E. Klein, University of Virginia

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