Call For Papers 2nd HEC Paris Workshop on Regulation 

Regulating Lifestyle Risks in Europe: The Case of Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets

HEC Paris, 27 and 28 September 2012

In September 2011, the UN General Assembly declared that the global burden and threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constituted one of the major challenges for development in the twenty-first century: in 2008, 36 of the 57 million deaths globally (63%) were attributed to NCDs, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. By recognizing NCDs as largely preventable, it urged the international community to take action at global, regional and national levels to prevent and control their surge. To this end it recommended the adoption of a 'regulatory mix' of multi-sectoral, cost-effective, population-wide interventions in order to reduce the impact of the common NCD risk factors, namely tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity. Yet how to respond to the growing incidence of NCDs is a major source of complexities in risk analysis and regulatory decision-making: the conditions in which people live, poverty, uneven distribution of wealth, lack of education, rapid urbanization and population ageing, as well as the economic, social, gender, political, behavioral and environmental determinants of health are all contributory factors to the prevalence of NCDs. At the same time, the legitimacy, the effectiveness as well as the design of any regulatory intervention aimed at promoting healthier lifestyle remainhighly contested.

The European Union has recently recognized the growing NCDs on the EU's economy and the well-being of its citizens and has consequently started to develop policies intended to tackle the four main factors to which they are linked. Nevertheless, if common themes emerge between the different EU policies intended to promote healthier lifestyles, no attempt has yet been made to systematize them.

We therefore propose to hold a two-day workshop with selected speakers and discussants to identify horizontal, common themes and determine whether the lessons learned in relation to each area of EU intervention may be transposed to the others. More generally, this workshop will offer an opportunity for researchers (PhD students, post-docs, researchers and established academics), policy makers and other stakeholders to reflect on the role which the European Union should play in promoting healthier lifestyles, in light of the moral, philosophical, legal and political challenges associated with the regulation of individual choices. Special attention will be paid to the role that the relevant industries may realistically be called to play in tackling the rising tide of NCDs.
TOPICS: The questions the workshop will focus on include (but are not limited to):
- the role of the EU in promoting healthier lifestyle and how powers should be shared between the EU and its Member States in public health matters;
- the role of consumer information, taxation, reformulation and marketing restrictions with regard to tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food in promoting healthier lifestyles and their impact on the EU internal market;
- the international role the EU can/should play and its relationship with the World Health Organization and other international organizations, as a result of the conclusion of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the 2004 WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and the 2007 WHO Global Strategy to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol;
- identification of the drivers behind the emergence of an EU lifestyle policy: is there an economic case for regulating lifestyle health risk determinants?
- the role of the EU impact assessment system in the preparation of legislative proposals and rule-making;
- the role played by the principles of transparency, consultation, and proportionality in ensuring that the legitimate interests of key stakeholders are sufficiently taken into account;
- the role of various stakeholders in supporting healthier lifestyles, including the role of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and the EU Alcohol and Health Forum;
- the assessment of different policy initiatives to determine the most appropriate forms of intervention (statutory regulation, self-regulation, co-regulation, nudges) in relevant policy areas;
- the challenge of integrating the findings of behavioral research into lifestyle policy-making, in particular the potential role and legitimacy of nudge-inspired measures in changing individual behavior and establishing social norms;
- the extent to which tobacco control may represent a blueprint for the regulation of lifestyle risks in the EU; - what the specific characteristics of EU regulation are that make problems easier or harder to solve than at national level;
- the extent to which the particular vulnerability of children requires a targeted regulatory intervention;
- the role the right to health and other fundamental rights should play in the debate;
- the impact of lifestyle regulation policies on the IP system, such as trademarks, and technological innovation, such as e-cigarettes, food reformulation and food supplements;
- the extent to which it is beneficial and justified to talk about an emerging EU lifestyle policy;
- the constraints imposed by the WTO Agreements to the emergence of a EU lifestyle regulation policy.

- Alberto Alemanno, Associate Professor of Law at HEC Paris and Editor of the European Journal of Risk Regulation
- Amandine Garde, Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the Durham European Law Institute, Durham University

EVENT: The event will consist of a two-day workshop to be held at HEC Paris Campus on 27 and 28 September 2012. The workshop is supported by the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law & Risk Regulation as well as by the HEC Paris Foundation.

OUTCOMES: It is anticipated that the papers presented at the workshop will form the basis of an edited collection.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please submit an abstract of between 300 and 500 words, including a title, to Alberto Alemanno, and Amandine Garde, by Tuesday 22nd May 2012.


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4th Annual Conference of the Graduate School "Global Financial Markets" 

Emerging Economies in Globalized Financial Markets

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Presentations will be given on 21 & 22 June 2012 in Halle/Germany. A more detailed agenda, including time schedules for the panels, will be available on the school's webpage:

The 2008 world financial crisis and the subsequent European debt crisis accelerated the shift of economic power and political influence from Western countries towards fast growing emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, Russia or South Africa. The G10 became the G20 and country representation at the IMF is likely to change. Thus, the time seems right to address anew the role of emerging economies in globalized financial markets and discuss their participation, interests and responsibilities in a financially globalized world at the 4th Annual Conference of the Graduate School "Global Financial Markets".

TOPICS: We invite junior and senior researchers in the fields of economics, law and political science to submit papers for presentation. We welcome theoretical and empirical papers as well as case studies focusing on specific regions. Papers should either address the conference's general subject or more specifically the following panel topics. Each panel will be introduced by a keynote speaker.
- The role of BRIC countries in international financial markets and international financial market regulation: participation, influence and control
Keynote speaker: Peter Draper (South African Institute of International Affairs & WITS University)
- International financial standards - should, must and do emerging markets implement them?
Keynote speaker: Iwa Salami (University of East London)
- The right approach to liberalize financial markets in emerging economies?
Keynote speaker: Frank Westermann (University of Osnabruck)
- Capital control - friend or foe for emerging markets financial services liberalization?
Keynote speaker: Emanuel Kohlscheen (Brazilian Central Bank)

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for submission is 30 April 2012. Full papers or extended abstracts should be submitted electronically to along with your affiliation and email address. Acceptance notification will be made by 1 May 2012. Travel funding is available upon request for authors of accepted papers. Accommodation costs will also be covered by the graduate school.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please feel free to contact either Christian Tietje or Jasper Finke if you have any questions.

For the Graduate School:
Christian Tietje
Professor for Public Law, European Law & International Economic Law
Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

Jasper Finke
Senior Researcher and Lecturer
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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The University of North Carolina's Sixteenth Annual Tax Symposium -- Call for Papers 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, January 25 & 26, 2013

The University of North Carolina is organizing its sixteenth annual symposium designed to bring together leading tax scholars from economics, accounting, finance, law, political science, and related fields. The symposium will be held in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, January 25 & 26, 2013, and will be sponsored by the KPMG Foundation and the UNC Tax Center. The goal is to bring together scholars from different areas who share a common interest in current tax research. Previous conferences have been very successful, and we anticipate the same this year.

PAPER DETAILS: Papers should be well developed, but at a stage where they can still benefit from the group's discussion. The symposium will include six to seven papers. Travel and lodging expenses for presenters will be reimbursed up to $500.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please submit an electronic version of the paper no later than November 9, 2012 to Professor Douglas Shackelford, Email

Paper selection will be finalized by December 7, 2012.


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European Association of Law & Economics 2012 Annual Conference  

Conference takes place:
Sep 20, 2012 - Sep 22, 2012

Paper Submission Deadline:
Apr 15, 2012

Deadline for participant registration:
Aug 23, 2012

Stockholm, Sweden

Conference Details
JEL Classification(s): D, H, K, L

URL for further information:

Organised by:
Stockholm University
Contact Details
Per-Olof Bjuggren
Jönköping International Business School and Ratio Institute
Location of Conference

Stockholm University Campus -
SE-106 91 Stockholm

Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit electronically the paper (at least in its draft form) and a short abstract following the online procedure at Priority in the selection will be given to completed papers.

Papers may be on any topic in or related to Law and Economics. Emphasis on European laws, systems and institutions is welcome.

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Call for Papers - The 2nd International Public Law Conference (IPLC) 

Date:October 2-4, 2012

Place: Athens, Greece

The International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) invites you to participate in the 2nd International Conference on Public Law (IPLC). The Conference is an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants to come together, exchange ideas, and discuss emerging issues in public law. We invite contributions focusing on public law including but not limited to:

law of common areas (sea, space and Antartica)

spatial planning

competition law

human rights, civil liberty,

environmental and energy law

labour law and social policy

corporate finance law

taxation law,

Transport law

international economics and trade law

Public law fundamentals ( legislative procedures and judicial protection)

Tourism law

imigration law including citizenship, and asylum

Criminal law, including foreign and security policy, defense policy, terrorism and anti drugs policy

international criminal justice and criminal analysis

public contract law

procurement and business regulations

Law of international regulations

media law including public sector information policy

webscience, ePrivate policy

Telecommunication policy

The conference committee is seeking submissions of papers for oral presentations at the conference in three major categories:

Academic, peer reviewed papers - these papers will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee and other independent reviewers (where necessary) and will be published in the edited conference proceedings with ISBN. All papers will also be published in several leading international journals. Case studies, abstracts of research in progress, as well as full research papers will be considered for the conference program for presentation purposes. However, only complete papers will be published in the proceedings. Previously published peer-reviewed papers will also be considered, provided the authors (s) are granted license from the publisher and publication information are noted in the article.

Presentations based on a short abstract & non-academic papers - these papers will not be peer reviewed. These papers will be selected on merit by the program committee. This category covers corporate papers, best practices, new technologies, policy issues etc.

All accepted papers will also be published in leading international journals.

Authors must provide about 150 words abstract. For complete papers, authors must provide about 150 word abstract and five keywords. There is a word limit of maximum page limit of 15 pages using a paper size of 16 x 23 or approximately 6500 words including references). All photos, tables and figures must be in jpg format.

For full papers submitted for peer review, identifying information should be removed. Please send in a separate Word attachment the following information: Title, Affiliation and Author's Name. When preparing your final version of the manuscript, please ensure that you use the conference template (click here).

Send submissions by electronic mail in a Word document to:submit[a] or sylvia[a]

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Call for Papers: Conference on International Law in Africa 


5 & 6 October 2012

Complexo Pedagogico, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane,

Maputo, Mozambique


Presentations at the conference will fall under one of the following four general themes, and may include the following topics:

Day 1 Friday 5 October 2012

Threats to Human Security by State and Non-State Actors

Judicial responses to Mass Violations of Human Rights: the Role of Regional and International Judicial Bodies (ICC, African Commission and Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights)

Judicial Response to Massive Violations of Human Rights: the Role of Domestic Courts and Universal Jurisdiction

Development and Human Rights

Theory and Practice of the Right to Development in Africa

Doha Development Agenda: What is in it for Africa?

Regional Integration and the African Economic Community, NEPAD and its Peer-Review Mechanism: What Contribution to African Development?

Peace and Good Governance

The Responsibility to Protect: the Role of the African Union and the United Nations
Consolidating Rule of Law and Good Governance through African Instruments
Strengthening State Institutions as a Response to Internal Conflicts

Day 2 Saturday 6 October 2012

Towards 50 Years of African Unity (Morning)

Panafricanism and International Law
From OAU to AU


Those interested in presenting a paper must submit an abstract containing their name, the proposed title and a brief summary of the argument / contribution of the paper (no more than 500 words).

Abstracts should be sent to adjovi {at} afil-fadi(.)org before 1 May 2012.
Authors of abstracts selected for presentation will be informed by 1 June 2012.
A full paper (5,000 to 10,000 words) must be submitted before 1 August 2012 to be translated for the conference file. Inclusion in the conference programme is conditional on the submission of the actual paper before 1 August 2012.
Each presenter will have 15 – 20 minutes to present their paper. Discussion is encouraged. Papers will be made available to all participants beforehand.
Presenters may be required to rework their papers after the conference, if necessary, and resubmit final versions for inclusion in a commemorative publication.

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Bajo Palabra Philosophy Conference 2012 : Call for Papers at the 2nd Bajo Palabra International Philosophy Conference 

Bajo Palabra Philosophy Conference 2012

When Nov 12, 2012 - Nov 16, 2012
Where Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Submission Deadline Jun 30, 2012
Notification Due Aug 30, 2012
Final Version Due Sep 15, 2012

“Philosophy, Human Rights and Democracy”

Autonomous University of Madrid

12 to 16 November 2012

The Bajo Palabra Philosophy Association of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) has been working throughout the last few years to promote and develop research and scholarly work in Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly in Philosophy, as well as to support its diffusion beyond the academic world. For this reason, and as a natural extension of its activities, last year the Bajo Palabra Philosophy Association undertook the project of a 1st Philosophy Conference, entitled “Reflections on a Plural World”, with the intention of maintaining the continuity of the project as a periodic, annual event, taking place every winter.

Bajo Palabra Philosophy Association is currently preparing the next edition of the Conference for 2012, which this time will be held the 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16th November 2012, on the UAM Campus, in connection with the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair[1] (whose official denomination, incidentally, is “Philosophy, Human Rights and Democracy”, thus perfectly overlapping with the main thematic axis of this year’s Edition of the Conference).

Our aim, therefore, is to open a space for exchange, dissemination and collaborative work between people coming from different areas of knowledge, geographical areas, and personal and intellectual experiences. We are inviting students, scholars and researchers from different countries and with different academic backgrounds to exchange the results of their work with each other, at a time when interdisciplinary is more important than ever, and when diversity is the driving force behind every development. Our Conference offers its participants an opportunity to explore the complexities, possibilities and contradictions of present societies from different viewpoints and perspectives.

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PolLeg 2013 : Conference ‘Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation’  

Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation

When Jan 23, 2013 - Jan 25, 2013
Where Leiden, the Netherlands
Submission Deadline May 1, 2012

Call For Papers
The Leiden research profile area on Political Legitimacy invites workshop proposals for the international conference ‘Political Legitimacy and the Paradox of Regulation’. The central question is whether the increase of regulations has helped or hindered the legitimacy of political systems, including modern democracies. While legitimacy is a contested concept, most contemporary accounts take that popular legitimacy, the idea that power should be justified in the eyes of the people, is an important topic. The role of regulation in achieving legitimate rule has been and will remain an important research question in many academic disciplines. We invite prospective workshop directors to submit a workshop proposal on a theme related to this subject.

The conference is open to scholars from history, law, politics, public administration, political philosophy and international relations. It will take place on Wednesday 23 (evening only), Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January 2013 in Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference is organized by the Leiden research profile area on Political Legitimacy, a university-funded interdisciplinary research group that aims to strengthen research on legitimacy both inside and outside Leiden University.

Please check our website for more information on the theme of the conference and instructions for submitting a workshop proposal.

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Intellectual Property Scholars Conference 

Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

The Program in Law, Science & Technology at Stanford Law School will host the Twelfth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference on August 9-10, 2012.

May 1, 2012
Deadline for Submission of Requests to Present and Requests to Attend

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The Politics of International Law 

We are pleased to announce the second biennial Dean Maxwell and Isle Cohen Doctoral Seminar in International Law to take place on 15 and 16 June 2012, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, in Montreal.

The aim of this second seminar is to explore the relationships between law and politics at the international level, with a focus on the competing themes of realism and idealism. The idealists of the 19th and 20th centuries had great ambitions for international law, considering it to be the primary basis for civilization and progress. The influence of realpolitik, they believed, would decline as States increasingly grasped the benefits of international cooperation and the costs of pursuing narrow self-interest.

The various themes that conference papers might address include but are not limited to the following:

Is our current conception of international law outdated, and does that give more room for political considerations to influence international law in ways deleterious to its legitimacy?

Does the current state of international law, particularly with respect to the use of force, represent the legalization of politics?

What is the relationship between law and politics? How do they interrelate and how are they distinct? How well is this distinction managed at the international level?

Are we witnessing devolution, or a return to the "local," in ways that reject or undermine international law? Is it beneficial or detrimental to the goals that international law should or does pursue that regional actors have gained authority as the de facto decision-makers about major issues, including the propriety of the use of force, in their spheres of influence.

What are the various sources of political pressures on international decision-makers? Can they overcome these pressures to arrive at decisions based on the rule of law? For example, how could their accountability be enhanced?

Non-state actors, of all kinds - NGOS, corporations, individuals - play an increasingly prominent role in international law. To what kinds of political influences are they subject? Are they a source of political pressure? To whom are they accountable? To whom should they be accountable?

Are we witnessing a democratization of international law? How could or should such a process unfold?

Is the emphasis on international law in the shape of formal norms and institutions misplaced considering the power imbalance between States and people organized as civil society and what role does a grassroots democratic process have in re-shaping international norms and institutions?

Do concepts such as fragmentation and constitutionalism, or approaches such as Global Administrative Law, shed light on the relationship between law and politics, or on questions of international law's legitimacy?

Instructions for abstract/paper submission

Doctoral and post-doctoral researchers wishing to participate in the conference must electronically submit an abstract, by April 10, 2012, to Professor Jaye Ellis (

Abstract submissions MUST include the following:

Name and contact details of the presenter,
Title of the presentation,
Abstract of the presentation (600 words),
A short biographical profile of the presenter for dissemination (not more than 5 lines).
A one-page bio of the presenter

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