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​Symposium: Intermediary Liability in the Digital Age  

May 16, 2012
Auditorium 101, 1st floor, Hatter Student Building
University of Haifa – Faculty of Law

Academic Organizers:
Dr. Khalid Ghanayim, Dr. Tal Zarsky, Haifa University, Faculty of Law

New digital technologies are generating a rich discourse of ideas and content, which is easily and mostly freely available to all. Technology enables these beneficial dynamics by reducing the costs of interactions and data distribution. Yet technology also reduced the costs of antisocial and destructive activity. It might lead to breaches of privacy, slanderous exchanges and even promote violence and suppression of weaker groups. Therefore, these new trends of information flow lead to a variety of legal questions and policy challenges.

Any legal and policy discussion regarding digital content and its potential detriments quickly gravitates towards digital intermediaries. These powerful distribution platforms stand at a crucial juncture in the overall information flow. At this point, they can control and even shape the public discourse. Given their position of power, they naturally generate questions regarding their liability for the harms the information they convey cause, as well as other policy concerns. Should intermediaries be held liable for harms caused by the information conveyed and speech exercised within their virtual realm? Should they be required to structure their policies and interfaces in a specific manner? Should one set of rules pertain to all intermediaries, or is a more context-specific policy strategy called for?

The symposium brings together leading legal experts from around the world. They are joined by legal practitioners and members of the relevant industries. The discussion will focus on the legal questions and policy concerns related to intermediary liability in this new digital environment. In doing so, this event will address the important rights and interests at stake - free speech, technological development and innovation as well as privacy and personal autonomy rights. It will examine the novel contexts of cyberlaw and telecommunications policy, while acknowledging existing doctrines of tort law, and related topics (such as copyright). The discussion will examine general intermediaries, as well as specific intermediaries which provide unique services (search engines, social networks, dating websites and others). The symposium will also examine the technological and social backgrounds that for these legal issues.

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The 7th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law  

CONDUCT OF HOSTILITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT: A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS?
Jerusalem, 3-4 December 2012


Presented by the Minerva Center for Human Rights Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the Occupied Territories are
organizing an international conference that seeks to examine the normative relationship and fundamental differences between International Humanitarian Law (IHL) rules on the conduct of
hostilities and the rules applicable to law enforcement operations. The conference, the seventh in the series of Minerva/ICRC annual international conferences on IHL, with the cooperation of the
Konrad Adenauer Foundation, is scheduled for 3-4 December 2012 in Jerusalem. Recipients of this call for papers are invited to submit proposals to present a paper at the conference. Authors of selected proposals will be offered full or partial flight and accommodation expenses.

Submission deadline: 1 June 2012

Background:
The 7th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law, on 3-4 December 2012, will address the complex and increasingly significant topic of the interplay between two
distinct legal regimes: the conduct of hostilities regime, derived from IHL and the law enforcement regime, derived mainly from human rights law.

Researchers interested in addressing these and other questions related to the conference topic are invited to respond to this call for papers with a 1-2 page proposal for an article and
presentation, along with a brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by email to the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (mchr@mail.huji.ac.il) no later
than 1 June 2012. Applicants should expect notification of the committee's decision by 30 June 2012. Written contributions (of approx. 10-25 pages) based on the selected proposals will be expected by 1 November 2012. The Israel Law Review (a Cambridge University Press publication) has expressed interest in publishing selected full length papers based on conference presentations, subject to its standard review and editing procedures.

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2012 Elon Law Review Symposium Request for Proposals -- “EMERGING ISSUES IN FIRST AMENDMENT JURISPRUDENCE: INTERPRETING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGION AND THE STATE IN THE MODERN AGE” 

“EMERGING ISSUES IN FIRST AMENDMENT JURISPRUDENCE:INTERPRETING THE
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGION AND THE STATE IN THE MODERN AGE”


Friday, October 26, 2012,
Elon University School of Law

Greensboro, North Carolina

The editors of the Elon Law Review invite article proposals and requests to present from scholars, researchers, practitioners, and professionals on topics relating generally to current First Amendment issues involving government and religion. The goals of the symposium are: to analyze how the legal landscape has changed due to recent legal decisions, legislation, and other governmental actions regarding the interaction between religion and the state, and to examine the impact and future of pending issues involving the interaction of government and religion in the First Amendment context.
Desired substantive areas of interest include, but are not limited to: conscience clause exemptions, the government speech doctrine, and legislative prayer. Please submit proposals of no more than 500 words by attachment to Symposium Editor John Warren at jwarren8@elon.edu by July 15th.

All proposals should include the name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information of the intended author/presenter, and should address matters relating to the legal implications of the interaction between government and religion in the First Amendment context. Authors are welcome to submit a CV. The Elon Law Review expects to make offers to speakers and authors by at least August 1st and will cover the participants’ expenses. Completed articles/essays will be due December 1, 2012 for publication in the Spring 2013 Symposium Edition of the Elon Law Review.

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Valparaiso University Law School - Exploding Prison Populations and Drug Offenders: Rethinking State Drug Sentencing Call For Papers 

Valparaiso University Law School on November 9, 2012

Frequently, state sentencing approaches to drug offenses fail to distinguish between serious traffickers and low-level violators. For example, in Indiana, a person selling $40 worth of crack cocaine faces the same sentence (i.e., 20 to 50 years in prison) as a major drug dealer. Indiana’s framework presents an extreme example of this phenomenon, but Indiana is not alone in its approach; many other states are experiencing unintended consequences of similar policies. Long-term sentences for low-level drug offenders have contributed to the exponential growth in many states’ prison populations. Frequently, commentators question whether the expenses of this non-differentiating methodology are warranted in human and other costs. Among other topics, the conference will examine (1) whether the current system can be justified; (2) the deterrent effect on drug usage of long-term incarceration and widespread imprisonment; and, (3) whether the likelihood of apprehension and conviction affects the market for drugs. Submissions relating to drug sentencing are welcomed, especially submissions on the following subjects:

The costs and benefits to taxpayers of incarcerating low-level drug offenders
The impact of drug sentencing laws on minority groups and other affected communities
Whether the science of addiction can inform decisions regarding optimal responses to drug use and sales
Legislative approaches to the challenges of incarceration for drug offenses

Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the Valparaiso University Law Review. To submit a paper for presentation at the conference, please provide an abstract of you work by email submission no later than Monday, August 27, 2012. It should be addressed to Melissa Mundt, Associate Director of Academic Services, Valparaiso University Law at Melissa.Mundt AT valpo.edu.

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AALS call for papers on Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public 

The AALS Section on Criminal Justice will hold a panel during the AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans entitled: Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public.

We are soliciting papers to consider for presentation in conjunction with this panel. Current confirmed speakers on this distinguished panel include Christopher Slobogin, Vanderbilt University Law School, Tracy Meares, Yale Law School, and Orin Kerr, George Washington University School of Law. The panel will be moderated by Andrew G. Ferguson, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

Panel: Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public

New mass surveillance technologies are changing Fourth Amendment protections in public. Enhanced video cameras, GPS location devices, license plate readers, mobile body scanners, backscatter x-ray vans, facial recognition technology, drones, and satellite imaging, in combination, can all be directed at targeted geographic areas. Combined with, or replacing, traditional “stop and frisk” or police surveillance tactics, these technologies have the potential to alter Fourth Amendment protections. At the same time, intelligence-led policing strategies involving crime mapping and analysis have allowed law enforcement to identify areas of crime for targeted police intervention. This panel looks at the constitutional implications of these developments on the expectation of privacy.

Eligibility and Due Date:
Faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students and fellows are not eligible to submit. This call for papers is limited to those who have been teaching for six years or fewer as of July 1, 2012. The due date for submission is August 15, 2012. Any paper that has not yet been the subject of an offer of publication by August 15, 2012, is eligible for submission.

To facilitate anonymous review, please submit papers in electronic form to Professor Giovanna Shay (giovanna.shay@law.wne.edu). The paper should have identifying information contained on a cover sheet only; the cover page will be removed before the paper is distributed for review. The cover sheet should also include the year you began law teaching and a statement that the paper has not yet received any offers of publication.

Registration Fees and Expenses

Call for Papers participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Paper Review and Notification of Acceptance

Papers will be selected after review by members of the Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by November 1, 2012.

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BlackRock and the National Association of Corporate Directors' Call For Papers -- Innovation in Corporate Governance 

BlackRock and the National Association of Corporate Directors' invitation to undergraduate and graduate students, PhD researchers and university faculty to participate in a global challenge to apply the latest in academic theory to develop innovative corporate governance practices. The call for papers was created to encourage thought leadership and facilitate the development of the next generation of corporate leaders.

Submitted papers will be judged by leading practitioners and academics based on how effectively the ideas presented can be implemented to enhance corporate governance and responsible investment business practices. In addition to cash awards, winners will be recognized at NACD’s 2013 Spring Forum where they will have an opportunity to present their winning ideas to corporate directors and other business leaders.

"The call for papers gives students and faculty a rare opportunity to directly reach corporate leaders in developing innovative business practices and shaping the future of corporate governance," said Myron T. Steele, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, who is chairing the evaluation committee.

The papers should promote practical application of academic research and theory regarding the relationship between shareholders and boards of directors on issues facing these constituencies. Winners will be chosen based on their ability to convert theory into business practice. Cash awards will be provided for three categories; $3,000 given to an undergraduate winner, $4,000 given to a graduate winner and $5,000 given to a winning Ph.D. or faculty submission.

"This is a great opportunity for the next generation of corporate leaders – college students and faculty – to articulate their ideas to strengthen corporate trust and confidence," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD.

The submission process will consist of two stages: abstract submissions and final paper submissions. Abstracts are due by June 1, 2012 to corporategovernance@blackrock.com. Those selected to submit a full paper will be notified by July 1, 2012, and final paper submissions are due by Sept. 30, 2012.

Papers must be academically sound, as determined by a panel of academic experts, and the winners will be selected based on the applicability and usefulness of their idea from a practitioner perspective. To learn more about the program, please www.nacdonline.org/callforpapers or submit any questions to corporategovernance@blackrock.com.

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Call For Papers -- Institutional Responsibility for Sex and Gender Exploitation 

AALS Section on Women in Legal Education
AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Submissions should be of scholarship relating to the topic of Institutional Responsibility for Sex and Gender Exploitation, but they can be on any dimension or strand of the general topic. There is a maximum 25,000 word limit (inclusive of footnotes) for the submission. People submitting papers for consideration must be willing to have the paper published as part of the symposium, if the author is selected as the fifth speaker for the panel. Each professor may submit only one paper for consideration. The papers will be published as a Symposium in the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter with the author’s name and contact information. The manuscript itself, including title page and footnotes, must not contain any references that identify the author or the author’s school. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.

To be considered, papers must be submitted electronically to Professor Kirsten Davis, Stetson University College of Law, kkdavis@law.stetson.edu. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The author of the selected paper will be notified by October 1, 2012. The Call for Paper participant will be responsible for paying his or her own annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting (and not full-time on a different faculty), and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit.

Papers will be selected after review by an ad hoc committee composed of Section Executive Committee members.

Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to: Professor Kirsten Davis, Stetson University College of Law, kkdavis@law.stetson.edu , or 727-562-7877.

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Call For Papers CELS 2012 - Seventh Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies 

Seventh Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies
Stanford University Law School on November 9-10, 2012

Paper Submission Deadline: Sunday July 8, 2012, midnight (PST)

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: SELS works with the Social Science Research Network to provide online paper submission. To submit a paper for consideration, please go to the CELS 2012 Conference page on SSRN - https://hq.ssrn.com/login/authentication.cfm?conflink=CELS-2012. (Do not go through the regular SSRN paper submission system.) There is no charge for submissions. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For information about the Society for Empirical Legal Studies please visit: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/sels

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Call for Participation Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association Inaugural Conference 

Law, Society and the Social Good
October 19-20, 2012
Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law, Philadelphia, PA


Our theme is purposely broad and encompassing. But we are especially interested in considering the manner in which knowledge obtained from socio-legal research can be used to understand and engage with the social good. Other law and society topics are welcome.

The DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals and other forms of participation is August 1, 2012.

We seek papers, panels, and roundtables aimed at stimulating conversations that will build bridges across the range of law and society topics. We anticipate organizing different kinds of presentations, including both traditional panels for completed papers and workshops for projects and ideas still in development; we welcome proposals that let participants share and respond to intellectual projects in thoughtful and enjoyable ways. We are particularly interested in proposals that cross national, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

Graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to apply and the conference will provide targeted opportunities for networking and feedback for early career scholars.
We look forward to receiving your submissions via email to: malsa@drexel.edu

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2012 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest 

Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
December 15-17, 2012 FGV Law School Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

APPLICATION AND COST INFORMATION
The application form is available now at http://jotformpro.com/form/21173970862962. Due to generous support from our sponsors, the Congress will cover the registration fees and all on-site costs for all attendees, including lunches and dinner receptions. Limited travel grants to cover accommodation and/or travel to the Congress will be available, with priorities for those from developing countries.

DEADLINES
Priority applications for travel assistance and to present or chair a workshop at the Congress will be due by August 1, 2012.
Final applications for travel grants, subject to funding availability, as well as applications to present at the Congress, will be due by September 1, 2012.
Applicants not seeking travel assistance or presentation opportunities may apply to attend the Congress by November 1, 2012.

BACKGROUND AND EXPLANATION OF THE THEME
The first Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest was convened in 2011 to define a positive agenda for policy reform, build a global network of scholars and advocates to promote the agenda and provide opportunities for the sharing of research and strategies. The nearly 200 inaugural participants from over 30 countries and 6 continents deliberated over three days through in-person meetings and web-based collaboration to produce the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (http://infojustice.org/washington-declaration) -- an action agenda for promoting the public interest in intellectual property and information law reform around the world.
Sixteen months later, we come together to measure our progress and expand the positive agenda. To this end, we invite applications to attend the Congress and contribute to its deliberations identifying forums where policy is being developed, proposing policies or actions that promote public interest goals and principles, and identifying and planning to respond to research and analysis needs.

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