AALS The Debt Crisis and the National Response – New Orleans, LA 

The AALS sections on Poverty Law and Clinical Legal Education will sponsor a joint program on January 5, 2013, at the AALS Annual Meeting, entitled The Debt Crisis and the National Response: Big Changes or Tinkering at the Edges? The program will explore ways in which our clients and communities have experienced the national debt crisis.

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Call for Papers American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group (IEcLIG) 

2012 Biennial Interest Group Conference:
Re-Conceptualizing International Economic Law:
Bridging the Public/Private Divide

George Washington University Law School
Washington D.C., USA
November 29-December 1, 2012

International economic law purports to regulate and facilitate various cross-border business activities, such as exports and imports, financial transactions, and foreign direct investment. Its architecture, which the Bretton Woods consensus established six decades ago, is based largely on a “state-to-state” framework. However, as both the nature and modalities of the underlying international business transactions transform, the conventional statist model of international economic law needs adjustment, or at least re-examination. For example, widespread global supply chains increasingly challenge the wisdom of traditional customs regulations that were created against the backdrop of a mono-location production model. In the area of foreign direct investment, a host government is often viewed as a mere party to a contract, not necessarily as a sovereign regulator. As was seen in the making of Basel III, private actors (such as bankers) play a critical role in shaping regulations.

These recent trends compel us to break away from long-standing principles that separate public actors from private actors. It is fruitless to consider the work of public actors without considering the efforts of the private sector. In this regard, it is high time that scholars, practitioners and policymakers develop new ideas, doctrines, research agendas, and policy proposals to re-conceptualize international economic law to keep abreast of the new regulatory environment.

We encourage proposals for papers from both new and established scholars and practitioners so that they may engage with each other. Paper proposals and all other program-related proposals must be submitted electronically by July 30 2012 to Proposals should include the author's name and full contact information, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. A Conference Committee (TBA) will review and select proposals.

Decisions regarding inclusion in the conference program will be sent by September 1, 2012. Paper contributors will be expected to provide full paper drafts by November 1, 2012.
This conference is being co-sponsored by the George Washington University School of Law.

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Conference: The Passions of International Law  

Melbourne Law School Symposium
Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September 2012
Convenor:Gerry Simpson

International law speaks in at least two registers. In the first, a technocratic or solemn tone predominates. This is the common language of law: designed to induce an atmosphere of authority. Most of international law (in courts, in books, in journals) is conducted in this language. The second is a language of passion. Sometimes this has a religious or quasi-religious inflection or inspiration e.g. in the call to eradicate evil, or in the rhetorics of repentance or penance and so on. But there are secularized versions of this. Some have a psychoanalytic bearing (reconciliation, catharsis), others are charged with a commemorative imperative (“never forget”, “remember the victims”). And then there are languages of love (Hartley Shawcross’s powerful invocation, at Nuremberg, of the love between a father and child just before they are killed in an Aktionen on the Eastern Front) and hate (characterizations of defendants or suspects as “criminally insane monsters” (Pol Pot prosecutors at the early Vietnamese trials)) or, in a more literary vein, “odious schlumps” (Joseph Heller on Henry Kissinger).

The idea behind this symposium is to get people to talk about or around, what the Eichmann judges worried were, the “discordant notes” of international law and criminal justice. These might be called the “passions of international law” although some of them are tonalities or voices or grammars. In any event, the presiding thought is, as usual, to get beyond the familiar ways of talking and thinking about the things with which we are familiar. To put this in less obscure terms, a group of scholars have been invited to speak to one word that they think of as being associated with this second register. There will be papers on succour, vanity and regret and on mourning, repentance and grace. There might be papers on pity or humiliation or sorrow (and so on).
Professor Hilary Charlesworth (ANU) will present a public lecture on Passion/Dispassion and the keynote address on Extimate will be given by Dr Maria Aristodemou (Birkbeck).

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Jurisprudential Perspectives of Taxation Law Invitation and Call for Papers A Colloquium of The Victoria University of Wellington and Cornell University 

Invitation to a Colloquium of Eight Seminars at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Monday and Tuesday, 24 and 25 September 2012

THE COLLOQUIUM will focus on analytical and normative legal philosophy as applied to income tax law, examining judicial reasoning in income tax cases. Seminars will examine such questions as: do legal philosophers’ expositions of the nature of law adequately explain the nature of income tax law? What light do theories of jurisprudence that have not traditionally examined income tax law shed on this question? What is the relationship between law and morality in the context of income tax? Contributions are welcome on all topics of taxation law. (Discussion will generally not be concerned with broad topics of fiscal policy, or, for instance, on whether governments should use taxes to redistribute wealth.) The proposed seminars, which may be adjusted depending on the interests of participants, are:

24 September (9.00 – 17.00)
1. Ectopia of income tax law
2. Fictions of income tax law
3. Form and substance
4. Statutory and treaty interpretation

25 September (9.00 – 17.00)
5. Autopoiesis and income tax law
6. Penalties
7. Anti-avoidance rules and the rule of law
8. Avoidance and morality

Cost: There is no charge for attendance or for materials. Participants bear their own costs of travel, accommodation, and sustenance.

Eligibility: Most participants will be members of research institutes and university faculties, though there is space for a number of thesis students, legal practitioners, and independent scholars. Most participants will be scholars of taxation law, economics, or accounting, but legal and general philosophers are particularly welcome. Numbers will be limited to promote opportunities for discussion.

Materials: Consult Professor Prebble’s personal page, which has an index to papers on Jurisprudential Perspectives of Taxation Law on the SSRN site, to find a compilation of philosophical writing, available for free download, on which discussion or writing at the colloquium may be based.
Language: English.

Antecedents: This colloquium will develop themes addressed in earlier colloquia in this series: Prebble-Vording, Universiteit Leiden, 2005, Prebble-Chowdry, King’s College London, 2006, Prebble-Grau, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2008, and Prebble-Greggi, L’Università degli Studi di Ferrara, 2010.

Registration and offers of papers: Write by e-mail (no special form) to the conveners, Please include name, salutation, and full contact details (postal and courier).

Form of papers: Initial outlines, leading to developed papers, are preferred, but the conveners will consider partially developed papers that will accompany oral addresses.
Papers at incubation stage: Projects for feedback to authors at short incubation sessions are welcome.
Registrants who would welcome suggestions about writing papers that analyse tax law from a jurisprudential perspective are warmly invited to contact Professor Prebble.

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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  

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

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 ( 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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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.

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:

Submit Online on:

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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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 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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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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