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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 atsthallam@gmu.edu 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:
faye.wang@brunel.ac.uk, 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:

ASIL INTERNATIONAL LAW AND TECHNOLOGY INTEREST GROUP

CALL FOR PAPERS

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.

REQUIREMENTS

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.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of not more than one page to iltechig@gmail.com 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.

COST

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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4th Biennial Conference of The Asian Society of International Law — New Delhi 

The Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) and Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) are organizing the Fourth Biennial Conference of the AsianSIL, at New Delhi, India, from 14 to 16 November 2013.

Papers are due April 15, 2013. Link to call.
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Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics 

The first annual conference on the Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics will be held in Chandler, Arizona, on May 20-21, 2013. Twelve organizations are currently co-sponsoring this event.

The GRINN technologies (genetics, robotics, information technology, nanotechnology, neuroscience) present unique governance issues and challenges, due to their rapid pace of development (faster than traditional regulatory systems can keep up with), profound impacts that go beyond health, safety and environment risks, and ethical and social concerns affecting a broad range of stakeholders and interests around the globe. This conference will feature top experts in a fascinating and crucial exploration of the overlapping regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical issues of such technologies.

Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) for proposed presentations should be submitted at www.law.asu.edu/emergingtechnologies.
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Call for Papers: Retail Payments at a Crossroads – Paris, France 

The European Central Bank and the Banque de France are hosting a conference entitled “Retail Payments at a Crossroads: Economics, Strategies, and Future Policies” on October 21-22, 2013. Original, theoretical and empirical papers covering at least one of the following related themes are invited:

Recent and future developments in retail payments and retail payment economics; impact of the economic crisis on retail banking and retail payments; payment habits and the use of different payment instruments; integration of retail payment markets; consolidation, economies of scale and efficiency in the retail payments industry; cost, pricing and network externalities relating to retail payments; competition versus cooperation of market participants in payment services and other network industries; governance and (self-) regulation in the field of retail payments; financial inclusion of under- and unbanked people; payment innovations, including virtual currencies, e-identity and internet/mobile payments; security (including fraud, counterfeiting, and cyber-attacks), trust, and data protection in retail payments; and lessons learnt from other two-sided markets and network industries and their applicability to retail payments.

Deadline: May 15, 2013. Papers should be sent by e-mail in pdf format to payments-conference-2013[@]ecb.europa.eu and payments-conference-2013[@]banque-france.fr. Include your name and an abstract with your submission. Travel and accommodation costs can be reimbursed for one academic speaker per accepted paper.
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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:

EXPERT SEMINAR ON PEOPLES’ TRIBUNALS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

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

CALL FOR PAPERS

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 Andrew.Byrnes@unsw.edu.au and g.simm@unsw.edu.au 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.

From International Law Reporter
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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 (bart.szewczyk@law.columbia.edu) and Claudia Haupt (chaupt@law.columbia.edu).

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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[@]wisc.edu) and Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu[@]wisc.edu).

The Annual Conference on South Asia takes place Oct. 17-20, 2013.
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