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Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Law -- Modelling Policy-making – a Call for Papers 

Paper Submission Deadline: May 28, 2012

We invite submission of papers on modelling policy-making. Below, we outline the intended audience, context, the topics of interest, and submission details.

Context
We live in an age where citizens are beginning to demand greater transparency and accountability of their political leaders. Furthermore, those who govern and decide on policy are beginning to realise the need for new governance models that emphasise deliberative democracy and promote widespread public participation in all phases of the policy-making cycle: 1) agenda set-
ting, 2) policy analysis, 3) lawmaking, 4) implementation, and 5) monitoring. As governments must become more ecient and e ective with the resources available, modern information and communications technology (ICT)are being drawn on to address problems of information processing in the phases. One of the key problems is policy content analysis and modelling,particularly the gap between on the one hand policy proposals and formulations that are expressed in quantitative and narrative forms and on the
other hand formal models that can be used to systematically represent and reason with the information contained in the proposals and formulations.

Special Issue Theme
The editors invite submissions of original research about the application of ICT and Computer Science to the rst three phases of the policy cycle agenda setting, policy analysis, and lawmaking. The research should seek to address the gap noted above. The journal volume focuses particularly on using and integrating a range of subcomponents information extraction, text processing,
representation, modelling, simulation, reasoning, and argument to provide policy making tools to the public and public administrators. While submissions about tool development and practice are welcome, the editors particularly encourage submission of articles that address formal, conceptual, and/or computational issues. Some specific c topics within the theme are:

 information extraction from natural language text
 policy ontologies

formal logical representations of policies

transformations from policy language to executable policy rules
 argumentation about policy proposals

web-based tools that support participatory policy-making

tools for public understanding of arguments behind policy decisions

visualising policies and arguments about policies

computational models of policies and arguments about policies

integration tools

multi-agent policy simulations

Submission Details
Authors are invited to submit an original, previously unpublished, research paper of up to 30 pages pertaining to the special issue theme. The paper should follow the journal's instructions for authors and be submitted online. See the dropdown tab under the section FOR AUTHORS AND EDITORS.

Instructions for Authors on:
https://www.springer.com/computer/ai/journal/10506

Submit Online on:
https://www.springer.com/computer/ai/journal/10506

Each submitted paper will be carefully peer-reviewed based on originality, signi cance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition and relevance for the journal.

Contact the special issue editors with any questions.

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Charleston Law Review – Supreme Court Preview 

The Charleston Law Review is inviting submissions for its annual Supreme Court preview volume which previews cases before the Court during its October term. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2012.

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American Journal of Legal History -- Call for Papers: Teaching Legal History 

The American Journal of Legal History will publish a symposium issue on teaching legal history in its October 2013 issue. If you are teaching a legal history course in a United States law school, you are invited to contribute a piece by May 1, 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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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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