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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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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 dcumming@schulich.yorku.ca 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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/CGIR.

 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, clabarbera@colby-sawyer.edu.


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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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Call for Papers: Journal of Law and Courts 

The new peer-reviewed Journal of Law and Courts invites submissions from all scholars interested in legal institutions, actors, processes, and policy.

The chief aim of the JLC can be expressed simply: to publish outstanding articles that most students of law and courts will want to read, regardless of the theoretical and methodological perspectives from which they approach their own research. The scope of the journal is very broad. We welcome papers about law and legal actors of all types, at all levels, and in all places, from trial
courts in Asia to high courts in Latin America, from family law to constitutional law to international law, from litigants to lawyers to jurors to judges. Theoretical and empirical studies are equally
welcome. Empirical studies may be descriptive or causal and may employ any rigorous method, qualitative or quantitative.

Submissions will be evaluated on three chief criteria: 1) the importance of the questions or ideas addressed; 2) analytical rigor; and 3) success in crossing boundaries that often divide scholars from different disciplines or even segments of the same discipline. It is this third criterion that will distinguish articles published in the JLC most markedly from those published elsewhere. Authors must identify implications that matter to scholars with different perspectives and write in a style that encourages a broad readership, keeping jargon to a minimum and, where appropriate, acknowledging reliance on assumptions that would likely be contested by other scholars.

Theoretical clarity is expected of all articles, and methods in empirical pieces will be required to be as transparent as possible.
Articles should be succinct, with theoretical discussions and literature reviews limited to central issues and closely related works. Brief papers – empirical research notes or sharply focused and tightly argued essays – will be looked on favorably. Papers should not exceed 10,000 words, except where extra length is essential to the integrity of the article, as, for instance, in a work of qualitative research where fairly extensive descriptions are required to allow readers to evaluate the evidence.

Submit your manuscript on the website at
http://www.editorialmanager.com/jlcourts
Editor:
David E. Klein, University of Virginia

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CFP: Global Constitutionalism 

CFP: Global Constitutionalism

Cambridge University Press invites proposals for the new journal Global Constitutionalism - Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law (GlobCon). The journal seeks to promote a deeper understanding on the foundations, limitations and principles of political order and their dynamics over time on a global scale. As it aims at developing interdisciplinary discourse about global constitutionalism, it welcomes submissions from scholars of International Law, Political Science, International Relations, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Philosophy. For manuscript submissions please see the call for papers. The journal's website provides a preview of the articles in the inaugural issue and an exclusive free download of the editorial.

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Criminalizing Contagion: Ethical, legal and clinical challenges of prosecuting the spread of disease and sexually transmitted infections 

Call for Papers

Criminalizing Contagion: Ethical, legal and clinical challenges of prosecuting the spread of disease and sexually transmitted infections

The BMJ Group journals Sexually Transmitted Infections and Journal of Medical Ethics, in conjunction with academics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (University of Manchester) and the Health Ethics and Law Network (University of Southampton), would like to publish a collection of articles on the criminalization of disease and sexually transmitted infections. We invite article contributions to be published as part of this themed collection.

Funding has also been sought from the ESRC for a seminar series on the same theme and, if successful, authors contributing to this collection may also be invited to present their papers at one of the seminars (which will take place in winter 2012/13 and summer 2013 in Southampton, and winter 2013/14 and summer 2014 in Manchester).

Themes

The use of criminal law to respond to infectious disease transmission has far-reaching implications for law, policy and practice. It presupposes co-operation between clinicians and criminal justice professionals, and that people who infect others can be effectively and fairly identified and brought to justice. There is a potentially difficult relationship between criminal justice and public health bodies, whose priorities do not necessarily coincide. We are interested in receiving papers of broad interest to an international readership of medical ethics scholars and practicing clinicians on any of the following topics:

· Legislative and policy reform on disease and sexually transmitted infections

· Health services and the police: privacy, state interference and human rights

· Evidence and ethics: prosecuting ‘infectious’ personal behaviours

· Clinicians and the courts: the role of health professionals and criminal justice

· The aims of criminalization and public health: a compatibility problem?

· International comparative studies on disease and criminalization: policy, practice and legal issues

More details below the fold.

Publication

1. Up to eight articles will published in a special section in an issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections in 2013.

2. Two articles will be published in a special section in an issue of Journal of Medical Ethics in 2013.

All articles will be blind peer reviewed according to each individual journal’s editorial policies. Final publication decisions will rest with the Editors in Chief: Professor Jackie Cassell (STI) and Professor Julian Savulescu (JME).

Important Dates

Please submit your article to either journal no later than December 14th 2012.

Submission Instructions

For Sexually Transmitted Infections:

Articles for STI should be a maximum of 2,500 words and submitted via the journal’s website: http://sti.bmj.com/. Please choose the special issue ‘Criminalizing Contagion’ during the submission process.

For Journal of Medical Ethics:

Articles for JME should be a maximum of 3,500 words, and submitted via the journal’s website: http://jme.bmj.com/. Please choose the special issue ‘Criminalizing Contagion’ during the submission process.

Further submission instructions are on the journals’ respective websites. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your submission, including possible topics and the journals involved, please contact the guest editors in the first instance: Dr David Gurnham (David.Gurnham@manchester.ac.uk), Dr Catherine Stanton (Catherine.Stanton@manchester.ac.uk) or Dr Hannah Quirk (Hannah.Quirk@manchester.ac.uk).

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Call for Papers: Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law 

Call for Papers: Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law

The Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law is soliciting articles on a range of topics related to environmental and administrative law for its upcoming volume. Submissions will be accepted throughout the spring and into the early part of the summer. Please submit articles directly to Editor-in-Chief Susie Shutts (shutts@umich.edu) or Managing Articles Editor, Brian Connolly (cobrian@umich.edu).

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Call for Papers -- Louisiana State University Journal of Energy Law and Resources 

Call for Papers -- Louisiana State University Journal of Energy Law and Resources

Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University is pleased to announce the launch of the Louisiana State University Journal of Energy Law and Resources (JELR), a new journal intended for all scholars with an interest in energy law. The journal will publish in print and electronic formats beginning Fall 2012, and warmly invites submissions for its inaugural issue.

The Journal of Energy Law and Resources aims at providing an interdisciplinary forum for those who study or practice in the various sectors of energy law, encouraging a variety of topics from legal scholars as well as scholars in related fields. JELR seeks to promote intellectual communication across traditional boundaries, keeping abreast of the ideas of those who share our broad interests but approach them differently. In the same spirit, the journal’s pages are open to scholarship that enriches our understanding of not only the epicenter of energy law, but also the peripheries both nationally and internationally. To that end, the editorial team seeks submissions from within the legal community as well as from other communities. Scholars, researchers, practitioners, and professionals are highly encouraged to submit their academic articles.

The Journal of Energy Law and Resources welcomes both qualitative and quantitative empirical studies as well as purely theoretical essays. In addition to providing full length scholarly articles, JELR will maintain a blog of shorter pieces regarding changes or developments in energy law, providing practitioners effective resources in energy law.

The student editorial board works in conjunction with an expert editorial board of highly accomplished scholars, practitioners, and other professionals, who are representative of the journal’s theoretical and methodological diversity.

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