University of North Carolina Tax Center Sixteenth Annual Tax Symposium – Call for Papers 

The University of North Carolina Tax Center is organizing its Annual Tax Symposium for 2013.

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Transnational Dispute Management -- Call for papers "Aligning Human Rights and Investment Protection" 

We hereby announce a forthcoming TDM special issue on "Aligning Human Rights and Investment Protection". Prof. Dr. Ursula Kriebaum (University of Vienna) will be editing this special issue which will analyse the possibility of courts and tribunals operating in the fields of human rights and international investment protection to take into account the concerns of the other field of law.

It is difficult to generalize the effects of investment on the enjoyment of human rights of the population of the host State. It is today acknowledged that investment is capable of generating economic growth, reducing poverty, increasing demand for the rule of law and contributing to the realization of human rights. For many countries the impact of private foreign investment flows on development is more significant than development aid by States and international Organizations. On the other hand, a number of human rights violations related to foreign investment have arisen and are likely to arise in the future.

Host States can intervene in investment operations to stop human rights abuses of an investor. But such measures may at the same time be an interference with the investor's rights protected under investment treaties. In such a situation the investor can bring a case before an investment tribunal. On the other hand host States can also remain passive and tolerate human rights abuses by investors. In such a situation an investment tribunal will not learn about the case, but the victims of the human rights violations may bring the case before a human rights court or treaty supervisory body.

This special issue will shed light on the interaction between human rights law and international investment law.

Possible topics may include:

Are human rights part of the applicable law in investment arbitration cases?
The approach of investment tribunals confronted with human rights sensitive cases.
Investors' human rights before investment tribunals.
Third party participation before investment tribunals and human rights courts.
Interim measures before investment tribunals and human rights courts: a comparative approach.
Human rights abuses linked to investments (not necessarily foreign) before human rights courts.
Investor protection by human rights courts.
The form and amount of compensation granted by human rights courts to victims of human rights abuses by investors.
Economic, social and cultural rights and foreign investment.
Issues of potential conflicts (whether real or perceived) between international investment law/tribunals and international human rights law/tribunals.
The interaction between national courts, human rights courts and investment tribunals.

We hereby invite all those with an interest in the subject to contribute articles or notes on one or several of the above topics or any other relevant issue. Publication is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012. Proposals for papers should be submitted to the editor by 1 June 2012.

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CCIL 41st Annual Conference: Call for Papers 

SOS International Law:
International Law in Times of Crisis and Emergency

November 8-10, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Council on International Law invites paper proposals from faculty members, doctoral level graduate students in law and related disciplines, and practitioners, on topics dealing with the theme of its 41st Annual Conference: “SOS International Law: International Law in Times of Crisis and Emergency”.

Crises and emergencies come in many forms. They may be financial, environmental or purely political, as states break apart, governments are ousted or armed conflicts occur. From the financial turmoil in the United States and Europe, to the surge for democracy in the Arab world and resulting civil conflicts, to natural disasters in Haiti and Japan, and to the predicament of nuclear proliferation in Iran and elsewhere, international relations have been preoccupied by these crises and emergencies. And behind these newspaper headlines are countless crises averted or emergencies abated, where early intervention forestalls disasters before they emerge.

International reactions to emergencies and crises are the stuff of high politics. In some instances, international law may prove a useful tool in the decision-making of states confronting such calamities. In other cases, it seems woefully inadequate and plays at best a supporting role. What part is there for international law in dealing with crises and emergencies? Is international law capable of providing useful guidance during catastrophes? Or is it instead burdened with feet of clay?

The Canadian Council for International Law will grapple with these issues from the 8-10 November 2012 in Ottawa and invites the active participation of the international legal community.

Paper proposals in English or French should be no longer than a single page in length and should include a biographical statement or curriculum vitae. Proposals are due May 5, 2012 and should be sent to

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Corporate Governance: An International Review -- Call for Papers 

A special issue of Corporate Governance: an International Review – Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: Public and Corporate Governance

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 expended to foster both innovation and entrepreneurial activity in these countries. Entrepreneurial activity, or the generation of value through the creation or expansion of economic activity in terms of new products, processes or markets, may take place in both small and large enterprises. It is therefore crucial that public policy makers are able to distinguish between supporting entrepreneurial activity, and merely supporting small and medium sized enterprises.

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.)

 Submissions 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 submission.

 The deadline for submission to the conference is January 15, 2013. Notifications about acceptance will be sent by February 15, 2013.

 Fully developed manuscripts should be submitted to CGIR by April 1, 2013. All manuscripts submitted to the 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.

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International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics -- Call for Papers 

The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) provides a new forum within bioethics for feminist thought and debate. Sponsored by the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB), IJFAB welcomes feminist scholarship on ethical issues related to health, health care, and the biomedical sciences. IJFAB aims to demonstrate clearly the necessity and distinctive contributions of feminist scholarship to bioethics.

IJFAB invites submissions on any topic in bioethics.

Articles should not exceed 8,000 words (roughly 32 manuscript pages). Shorter articles are welcome. Additional instructions for authors are available in the style guidelines.
Conversations provides a forum for public dialogue on particular issues in bioethics. Scholars engaged in fruitful exchanges are encouraged to share those discussions here. Submissions for this section should be limited to 3000 words.
Commentaries offers an opportunity for short analyses (under 2000 words) of specific policy issues, legislation, court decisions, or other contemporary developments within bioethics.
Book reviews are typically solicited; however, we strongly encourage authors to submit their books to the Book Review Editor for consideration for review. We also invite proposals for review essays that survey several texts in a particular field. Books and inquiries should be directed to the Book Review Editor: Chris La Barbara, Department of Humanities, Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, NH 03257,

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The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law & The Asian Society of International Law Joint Conference on International Law and Justice 

International Law and Justice

Sydney, Australia, 25 - 26 October 2012

This Joint Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (‘ANZSIL’) and the Asian Society of International Law (‘Asian SIL’) will take place from Thursday 25 October to Friday 26 October 2012, hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. This is the first formal event jointly organised by ANZSIL and the AsianSIL.

The last decade has seen a significant growth in international law activity and engagement across the region and sub-regions—with intersections growing among different fields of international law and the ongoing development of networks among professional communities of experts in international law and related disciplines and professions.

The Conference aims to bring together participants from across Asia and the Pacific, and beyond, to discuss topical issues relating to the broad theme of international law and justice. Most simply, to what extent can international law be an instrument of justice? Do we all share a common perception of justice and how does justice at an international level relate to other goals such as peace, equality, or development? Has the expansion of international law enhanced international justice and if so, for whom? To what extent has international law embraced the concept of intergenerational justice?

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline 30 May 2012

The Conference Organising Committee now invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Conference. Topics for papers can include, but are not limited to, the relationship between international law and justice in the context of:

International courts and less formal dispute resolution processes
Human rights and development
The role, purpose, and effectiveness of international law
International criminal law
International security, including maritime security
International environmental law
The history and theoretical underpinnings of international law
International organizations
International trade law and international economic law
International law education
Polar regions
Application of theories of justice to international law, international institutions and/or current international issues. The theories may cover formal, procedural, substantive, retributive, restorative justice or they may be drawn from any culture or religious tradition)
Comparisons between theories of justice in different cultures

Papers with a focus on regional developments are particularly welcome. Potential paper givers are encouraged to address explicitly some aspect of the conference theme.

Those wishing to propose papers for presentation at the Conference should submit a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae by email to the Conference Organizing Committee at, not later than Monday, 30 May 2012. The Conference Organising Committee will aim to inform applications of the outcome of their proposals by early July 2012. Further information about the Conference, including the program and registration details, will be available at a later date on the websites of ANZSIL: and the Asian SIL:

The conference is being organised in collaboration with the United Nations University and its Institute for Ethics Governance and Law, Griffith University, and other partners. It is anticipated that the biennial Ingram Colloquium on International Law and Development convened by the UNSW Faculty of Law will take place at the same time as the Conference.

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Call for Papers In Honour of Registrar Adama Dieng 

You are hereby invited to join us in compiling a series of articles in international criminal justice, human rights, civil society organizations, public international law and Senegalese law and cases in honour of the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Mr Adama Dieng.

OVERVIEW: Those who have been following the work of ICTR keenly over the past decade, would be familiar with this consummate jurist. Mr Dieng has had a brilliant career in public service in his native Senegal and in international circles where he has served the cause of justice, with distinction.

Starting from Senegal where he served as the Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr Dieng went on to work with the International Commission for Jurists in Geneva where he rose from the ranks as legal officer to Secretary General of the Commission for over ten years. In that position, he militated for the advancement of human rights worldwide but more specifically in Africa. It is his relentless efforts in advocating for the marginalized and the oppressed and his unwavering belief in, and commitment to the rule of law, that prompted the UN Secretary General to appoint him to the office of ICTR Registrar, in 2001.

As ICTR Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dieng has distinguished himself as a committed high-ranking international civil servant bent on ensuring that the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms is pivotal in the administration of justice within nations and across the international scene. With dexterity, he has steered the Tribunal during its most difficult period as it grapples with adjusting work operations to comply with the completion strategy within a tight dateline, and achieving this without compromising the noble goal of the Tribunal, which is to render impartial and accessible justice to both victims and accused persons.

It is in recognition of Mr Dieng's distinguished career and contribution in administering international justice and promoting the rule of law that, we deemed it befitting to collect articles on what Mr Dieng has stood for and exemplified over the years at the service of the international community, in view of putting together a publication to honour his contribution to the cause of international justice.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Papers requested should deal with the following: public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, constitutional law, international administrative law, civil society organizations, and Senegalese law & cases.

DEADLINE: Full contributions are expected by 30 June, 2012.

CONTACT PERSON: Charles R. Majinge,

- Roland Adjovi, Professor & Academic Director, Arcadia University, Tanzania
- Aatsa Atogho, Interpreter, UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha
- Jean-Pele Fomete, Registrar, United Nations Dispute Tribunal, Nairobi
- Charles R. Majinge, Doctoral Candidate, London School of Economics (LSE)

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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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