Business and Human Rights: From Theory to Practice- Call for Papers 

Business and Human Rights: From Theory to Practice- Call for Papers- Deadline 15 April
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The European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Business and Human Rights is calling for papers for its panel on 23 May 2013 at the 5th ESIL Research Forum, Amsterdam. Following the overarching theme of the Research Forum, International Law as a Profession, we invite papers addressing contemporary issues in the field of business and human rights which consider practical challenges in this context. Papers may consider (but are not limited to) the following perspectives:

- Advocacy: how can the business and human rights agenda be promoted through lobbying for or against regulation? How does the process of evidence gathering with regard to the lack of corporate compliance with human rights take place? How do practitioners engage with state and non-state actors to move the agenda forward?

- Litigation: how may practitioners take a corporation to court? What are the legal and procedural obstacles in different jurisdictions? What is the future of US litigation after Kiobel? What are the European alternatives?

- Policy and law making: how may international rules in this context be drafted and passed through national and international institutions? Papers considering this dimension may specifically refer to the national implementation and action plans and processes for the Ruggie framework which are currently taking place in various countries.

Please submit a 300 words abstract proposal (Word or pdf format) via email to Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega ( by 15 April 2013. Candidates are requested to include their name and affiliation in the email but not in the abstract itself.

In order to participate in the Interest Group panel speakers need to be members of ESIL. The membership can be formalised once their abstract has been accepted
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Interpretation in International Law -- University of Cambridge 

Interpretation in International Law
University of Cambridge
August 27, 2013


The relevance of interpretation to the academic study and professional practice of international law is inescapable. Yet interpretation in international law has not traditionally been examined as a distinct field. Given that international law is constituted, in practical terms, by acts of interpretation, there is a need for greater methodological awareness of interpretive theory and practice in international law.

The ‘Interpretation in International Law’ conference at the University of Cambridge in August 2013 aims to attract submissions focusing on the divergent processes of interpretation that exist in international law, whether these be differentiated linguistically, culturally, politically or socially. Submissions will be encouraged that deal with the interpretation process per se, as well as the place of interpretive process within the larger scheme of international law (such as divergent interpretations of concrete provisions, or the impact of interpretation on the sources of international law). The conference welcomes submissions from both philosophical and practical perspectives ensuring exposure of ideas and concepts that may otherwise have been confined to their own sub-fields.

The following speakers will give keynote presentations:

Sir David Baragwanath (President, Special Tribunal for Lebanon)
Professor Andrea Bianchi (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Dr Ingo Venzke (University of Amsterdam)

A wide variety of proposals are welcomed. Proposed panels include:

Interpretation and Legal Doctrine: this panel will highlight the doctrinal exposition of particular contested legal standards – for example, “fair and equitable treatment” and “cruel and unusual punishment” – as well as the methodologies behind such expositions in a range of international and regional courts and tribunals.
Interpretation and the Sources of International Law: this panel will focus on how interpretive practice interacts with, and institutes hierarchies amongst, the sources of international law. Where can the line be drawn between “dynamic” and “progressive” interpretive practice and law-making? Submissions dealing with treaty interpretation and the place of interpretation in the formation of custom are encouraged.
Interpretation and the Interpreters: this panel will examine how disparate interpretations of international law are granted the imprimatur by functionally specialized interpretive communities who use international law as a professional vocabulary (for example, judges, diplomats, legal advisers, arbitrators and regulators). To what extent is the interpretation of international law a competition for “semantic authority” (Ingo Venzke)?
Interpretation and the International Legal Order: this panel will consider the extent to which one’s interpretive posture depends on the vision of the international legal order that one advocates, such as constitutionalism or global administrative law. How are particular values, such as dignity and comity, foregrounded or neglected in the interpretive process? Do interpretive practices have the potential to bridge conceptual divides between public and private international law?
Interpretation and Cultural Contingency: James Crawford has recently stated that international lawyers must possess a “technique of plurilingual interpretation”. This panel will provide a forum for the exposition of culturally distinct interpretive practices, as well as a consideration of the benefits and drawbacks of divergent interpretations stemming from cultural differences.
Interpretation and Indeterminacy: this panel focuses on interpretation in light of the critical challenge to international law. How is interpretive practice affected by the allegation that apolitical rules are impossible and that values used to justify such rules are subjective? Given the fragmentation of international law, is an interpretive lingua franca attainable or is interpretive pluralism inevitable?

Abstract submissions must be between 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short resume. Please submit your documents to Any queries may be directed to the conference conveners, Daniel Peat ( and Matthew Windsor (

The closing date for submissions is 1 May 2013. We will notify successful applicants by late May 2013, who must submit their papers by early August 2013. Conference papers should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words. Selected submissions will be considered for publication in an edited volume on the conference theme.

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Developing Ideas Conference – Lexington, KY 

The third annual workshop for untenured and recently tenured faculty to share their developing ideas for scholarship, just before the plunge into summer research begins, in an informal, supportive, and engaging environment.

Roundtable format
Each participant will provide a 1 – 2 page summary of a current research idea
Each participant will give a 5 minute synopsis of her/his idea
All participants will be prepared to provide suggestions and areas of inquiry for

the other participants’ ideas
A UK faculty member will moderate the group discussion

Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Support: UK will pay for up to two nights of hotel accommodations in downtown Lexington, KY. (Conference hotel to be determined.) All meals during the Workshop will be provided, including a pre-workshop dinner on Thursday evening, May 9th. Other expenses will be borne by the participant.

Deadline: Please submit a brief synopsis (1-2 pages) of the proposed work by Friday, April 6th. We encourage synopses of applicants’ proposed summer research projects.

Contact: Nicole Huberfeld, Chair of Faculty Development,, 859-257- 3281 for submissions and for additional information.
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Call for Papers: Business Longevity; Conference in Benevento, Italy 

Business History will devote a special issue, scheduled for publication in April 2014, to Theoretical and Empirical Research on Business Longevity. Final papers will be due Sept. 30, 2013.

Some authors of selected papers will be invited to present the results of their research at the Conference “Historic companies and histories of companies” to be held at University of Sannio (Benevento, Italy) in December 2013.
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History & Evolution of Entrepreneurship & Finance in China — Pingyao, China 

The Pingyao Forum hosts the Business History Special Issue Conference on the History and Evolution of Entrepreneurship and Finance in China Aug. 23-24, 2013. The submission deadline is May 20, 2013. The event is organized by the China Development and Research Center.
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CT and Environmental Regulation:Developing a Research Agenda  

The National University of Ireland – Galway will host a conference, Information and Communications Technology for Environmental Regulation: Developing a Research Agenda, June 20-21, 2013.

Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners across all disciplines for a workshop on the application of information and communications technology for environmental regulation. Abstracts (maximum 500 words) to be submitted by Friday 15 March 2013. For more information, please visit here.
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Call for Papers: Project on Law & Economics of Arbitration 

The Searle Civil Justice Institute (SCJI) is seeking contributions to an inquiry into arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The SCJI is a public policy institute and a component of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law (LEC). The SCJI’s core mission is to provide analytically rigorous, balanced, accessible, and policy-relevant empirical research in the field of law & economics.

The LEC will commission up to eight original articles focused on legal and economic analysis of arbitration (FIVE SLOTS REMAINING). The goal of this initiative is to participate in the larger policy debate on the subject.

Participants will receive an honorarium of $12,000 and be required to:

- attend a one-day policy workshop in the Washington, DC area (travel and lodging provided) – January 2013;

- produce a draft of an original scholarly research paper on an agreed upon topic and participate in a half-day research roundtable (via remote teleconferencing) – March 2013;

- produce a final draft of publishable quality based on comments received at the roundtable – May 2013;

All papers will be subject to double-blind peer review. Both theoretical and empirical proposals will be considered. Preference will be given to researchers not currently active in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution scholarship.

Participants will be given an opportunity to provide commentary/consultation to press and policymakers. Authors are encouraged to seek timely publication in academic journals after initial LEC release. To be considered, please send a statement of interest/brief proposal (no more than 1000 words) on your desired topic, link tocurrent CV, as well as any questions, to Satya Thallam, Assistant Director, Searle Civil Justice Institute or 703.993.9961. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis from now until December 7, 2012, with decisions made within one week after submission.
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Legal Scholars Cyberlaw Section Annual Conference – Edinburgh 

SLS Cyberlaw Section
Tuesday, 3 September – Friday, 6 September 2013
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The Cyberlaw Section at the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the 2013 SLS Annual Conference. The conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The conference will run from 3rd to 6th September 2013 and the Cyber Section is in Group B, being held on 5th and 6th September.

The goal of this subject section is to provide a forum where legal scholars and practitioners can gather together to update each other on current developments in cyberlaw and discuss high-quality research relevant to legal issues in the information society. Papers
in every discipline of law are welcome, including those reflecting the main conference theme, “Britain and Ireland in Europe, Europe in Britain and Ireland.”

Topics include but not limited to:
Data Privacy Protection
Internet Statistics and Regulation
Cloud Computing, Service-oriented Computing and Beaming
Online Dispute Resolution
Internet Jurisdiction and Applicable law
Digital Intellectual Property Rights
Papers and abstracts for the conference should be submitted to the following email address:, for the attention of Dr Faye Fangfei Wang (SLS Cyberlaw Section Convenor), Senior Lecturer, Brunel Law School, Brunel University, London.

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Call for Papers: European Association of Law and Economics – Warsaw, Poland 

The 30th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) will be held on September 26-28, 2013, at the University of Warsaw. Papers may be on any topic in or related to Law and Economics including:

Property rights, property law and growth – Antitrust and Regulation – Bankruptcy, Commercial Corporate Law and Corporate Governance – Behavioural Law and Economics – Comparative Law and Economics – Contract Theory and Contract Law – Crime, Deterrence and Criminal Law – Environmental Law and Economics – Experimental Law and Economics – Family Law, Gender, and Discrimination – Health Law – Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy – International Law, International Trade, and Immigration – Labour and Employment Law – Law and Development – Litigation, Dispute Resolution and the Legal Process – Market and Non-market Regulation – Mergers and Acquisitions – Political economy and public choice – Public and Administrative Law – Finance, Securities and Capital Market Regulation – Taxation and Social Welfare – Theory of the Firm (Includes Non-Profits and Government Orgs.) – Tort Law and Compensation Systems.

Emphasis on economic analyses of regulation, including regulatory impact assessment, is particularly welcome.

Deadline: March 29, 2013 im
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Call for Papers: ASIL International Law and Technology Interest Group Workshop 

The International Law and Technology Interest Group of the American Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its inaugural works-in-progress workshop, to be held April 8, 2013, at ASIL Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Here's the call:



The American Society of International Law’s International Law and Technology Interest Group (ILTechIG) is delighted to announce its inaugural works-in-progress workshop, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, at ASIL's Tillar House Headquarters (2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW) in Washington, D.C. The workshop will follow ASIL’s 107th Annual Meeting, which will take place on April 3-6.


Papers should address an issue at the intersection of international law and technology. Possible topics might include, for example, the regulation of data and privacy in trade regimes; the use of new technologies in warfare; technological challenges affecting environmental regulation; the regulation of cyberspace; the role of technology in advancing human rights; or the effect of technology on the practice of international law. More information about the ILTechIG and its mandate is available on its ASIL webpage.

Preference will be given to the submissions of ASIL Members and members of ILTechIG. (Membership in an interest group is free and can be selected from within the membership section of the ASIL website.) Preference will also be given to papers that have not yet been published. We encourage submissions from practitioners and junior scholars and hope to accommodate as many proposals as possible.


Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of not more than one page to by March 1, 2013. Proposals should indicate the author’s name, phone number, email address, and institutional affiliation and describe the anticipated state of the paper at the time of the conference (i.e., published or unpublished, complete or incomplete).

Proposals will be reviewed by the ILTechIG leadership: Co-Chairs Anupam Chander (UC Davis) and Molly Land (NYLS), Vice Chair and Co-Chair Elect Paul Schiff Berman (George Washington), and Secretary/Treasurer Greg McNeal (Pepperdine). Individuals whose papers have been selected for the workshop will be notified by March 8, 2013.


To defray the cost of meals during the workshop, participants will be asked to pay a conference fee: $50 for ASIL members and $65 for non-members. A discounted rate of $55 is available for public sector non-member attendees. The ILTechIG cannot fund the cost of travel for participants.

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