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Call for Papers: Conference on International Law in Africa 

THE QUEST FOR HUMAN SECURITY, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES

5 & 6 October 2012

Complexo Pedagogico, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane,

Maputo, Mozambique

THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE

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

PROCESS: POTENTIAL PRESENTERS

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 (jaye.ellis@mcgill.ca).

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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Call for Papers - Cambridge ASIL-ESIL Workshop 2012  

The International Legal Theory Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), 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 on 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 twelve 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.

The workshop’s organizers will undertake to secure outside funding to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for all scholars who present papers at the workshop, but they cannot, at this stage, guarantee its availability.

Abstract submissions should be sent to asil.esil.theory@gmail.com 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 (ecriddle@law.syr.edu) or Jörg Kammerhofer (joerg.kammerhofer@jura.uni-freiburg.de).

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Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance 

Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance

December 5-7, 2012

National University of Singapore

The use of indicators is becoming an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary global governance. Many of the indicators rank the performance of states or national societies along various dimensions. Those rankings can have material effects, particularly in situations where they are used in deciding how to allocate foreign aid or investment, or in assessing whether states have complied with their international obligations. Many of these effects have already been felt
by Asian societies, organizations and governments, which are frequently ranked based on indicators produced outside the region.

Call for Papers
Submissions from both junior and senior scholars are invited on the themes such as:
‐ history of compilation and use of quantitative data for purposes of global governance;
‐ roles of indicators as a technology of global governance;
‐ significance of indicators in defining key concepts such as ‘rule of law’ and in defining
benchmarks of success or failure;
‐ analysis of who produces indicators, and why, and of participation, transparency and
review mechanisms;
production and use of indicators in South East Asia and in Asia more broadly (which
indicators currently count, and why, and what strategies may be pursued in the future?);
‐ forms of “governance by information” that serve as alternatives to indicators, including
reporting requirements, disclosure requirements, impact assessments, peer reviews,
investigations, formal fact-finding, and policy and performance evaluations;
‐ supply of and demand for indicators, and the nature and effects of competition in this
area;
‐ relationship between information produced by global and local indicators and the
associated questions of translation, adaptation and appropriation;
‐ magnitude and distribution of the burden of producing information for governance
purposes, and effects of overloads of informational requirements;
‐ uses and impacts of indicators and their alternatives, including influence in national
policy processes and public debate and critique;
‐ relationship between indicators and international law; and
‐ regulation of the production or use of indicators.

An abstract of 150-500 words should be sent (in .pdf or .doc format) to Angelina Fisher (FisherA@exchange.law.nyu.edu) by April 30, 2012. Abstracts must include a statement of the issue area of the paper, as well as an indication of the major arguments to be made, a proposed title, and postal, email and telephone contacts for the author.

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Amicus Journal Call for Papers 

The Amicus Journal is a leading reporter on the significant issues affecting capital punishment worldwide, and provides a forum for dialogue on issues concerning the death penalty and related topics. The Journal includes articles written by academics and practitioners on current legal issues and on the death penalty from the perspective of disciplines other than law. There is a section of the journal dedicated to selected articles, which are peer reviewed. The
journal also features news from around the world, case reports, book reviews, and front line reportage from interns working in capital defense offices.

Main Articles: Between 5,000-8,000 words
Shorter Articles and Case Commentaries: Between 2,000-3,000 words
Book Reviews: Up to 1,000 words per book
Letters to the Editor: Up to 800 words
Please send letters or other contributions to either of the Joint Editors, Randall Coyne at rcoyne@ou.edu or Thomas MacManus at thomas.macmanus@kcl.ac.uk

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Call for Papers: International Human Rights Law Review 

The International Human Rights Law Review is a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal. It aims to stimulate research and thinking on contemporary human rights issues, problems, challenges and policies. It is particularly interested in soliciting papers, whether in the legal
domain or other social sciences, that are unique in their approach and which seek to address poignant concerns of our times. One of the principal aims of the Journal is to provide an outlet to human rights scholars, practitioners and activists in the developing world who
have something tangible to say about their experiences on the ground, or in order to discuss cases and practices that are generally inaccessible to European and North-American audiences. The Editorial Board and the publisher are keen to work hands-on with such contributors and to help find solutions where necessary to facilitate translation or language editing in respect of accepted articles.

Articles for consideration should be written in English submitted as an email attachment (Word or Word compatible) to Dr Manisuli Ssenyonjo, email: manisuli.ssenyonjo@brunel.ac.uk.

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

2012 2nd Bajo Palabra-UAM International Philosophy Conference:
“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.

Important dates

30th June 2012: deadline for abstract submissions.

15th. September 2012: deadline for the article submissions for the II Bajo Palabra’s Young Researchers Prize.

9th. November 2012: deadline for conference registration.

12, 13, 14, 15 and 16th. November 2012: Dates the Conference will be hold.

30th. November 2012: deadline for the final draft submissions in view of their publication in the Bajo Palabra. Journal of Philosophy, according to the journal’s rules of submission.

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