AALS International Human Rights - Call for Papers 

The International Human Rights Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) has issued a call for papers for its January 2013 Annual Meeting. The topic is International Human Rights in Times of Conflict and the call is specifically for New Voices in Human Rights. The deadline to submit a paper is September 4, 2012 and papers should be sent to Professor William Dunlap at Quinnipiac University. The Annual Meeting will be held January 4-7, 2013 in New Orleans, LA and the section program will be held on Sunday, January 6 from 8:30 to 10:15 am.

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The Autumn 20th CLaSF workshop - Edinburgh Law School  

Call for papers -Autumn 20th CLaSF workshop Edinburgh Law School on Thursday Sept 13 2012 - Competition Law and the Economic Crisis Deadline - 31 May 2012 CLASF CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 20th CLaSF WORKSHOP EDINBURGH LAW SCHOOL, THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2012 Competition law and the economic crisis The next Competition Law scholars’ Forum will consider the broad theme of competition law and the issues arising from the economic crisis. Since Autumn 2008, and to this day, a broad ranging crisis has swept through a growing number of economic sectors; starting from the banking and financial sector, the crisis has affected numerous industries and has triggered sometimes “convulsive” reactions by the public authorities, the economic operators and many of the stakeholders. But what role has competition law played in this scenario? According to the EU Commission the effective application of the competition rules is an essential tool to rebuild a fragile economy: however, the intervention of many member states to “prop up” “failing” businesses, such as the British Government-backed rescue of Northern Rock, seems to cast doubt on this commitment. However, state aid is not the only area in which the “rules of the game” seems to have been bent in order to deal with the emergency. Merger policy has equally proven an invaluable tool to facilitate the restructuring of entire industries and thereby “weather the storm” of the crisis, especially at domestic, as opposed to EU level. But as it stands, the worse does not seem to be over yet. As the economy still seems to be faltering in many quarters and another bout of monetary and financial losses loom, the question is how the maintenance of effective rivalry among competitors can be attained without stifling the weak recovery, so that goals of growth and welfare of consumers across Europe can be achieved in the medium and long term. As the Commissioner for Competition, Joaquim Almunia, stated at the beginning of December, while it would have been preferable to terminate the “crisis regime” governing the application of the competition rules to the financial sector after three years, the sovereign debt crisis has meant that these exceptional rules are going to remain in force for a while yet. This decision however is likely to have considerable effects on the financial and banking market: it will affect, on the one hand, the relationship between the banks and the domestic authorities, especially in respect to providing extra guarantees, and, on the other hand, the reciprocal relations between competing financial and banking institutions, who are faced with considerable and increasingly uniform capitalisation obligations. But what does this all mean for the “European project” of a competitive, social market economy? It is clear that the current predicament is having and will continue to have ripple effects throughout the real economy: thus, it could be argued that any solution for the financial crisis will be both an example for other sectors and a springboard through which recovery can kickstart in numerous industries. This workshop seeks to address the issues arising from the interplay of the competition rules and the “real questions” emerging from the current economic crisis, not just in the banking and financial sectors but also in the wider “real economy” arena. Papers and discussions are expected to touch upon themes such as (but not limited to): - the objectives and the limits of competition law more generally; - the interplay between consumer welfare and economic efficiency and broader social market goals, such as the maintenance of employment levels in times of crisis; - the evolution of merger policy as a means to tackle the consequences of economic downturn; - cooperation as a means of “guided restructuring” in industries facing crisis: from crisis cartels to joint ventures seeking to rely on investment as a way out of the slump; - The problems of “moral hazard” and “too big to fail”? The public interest implications of banking restructuring for the stability of the sector; - “Too muddled to work?” Consumer protection in a concentrated banking and financial sector—the role of information and transparency; - The market for credit rating services: friend or foe? - When will it all end? And has it worked? State aid and the financial crisis. Papers are invited from scholars, regulators and practitioners on any of these issues or other topics which fall generally within the broad theme of ‘Competition Law and the economic crisis’. Any person interested in presenting a paper at the workshop is asked to contact the Vice-Chair of CLaSF, Professor Barry Rodger at An abstract is required of approximately 500-1000 words, to be submitted by no later than 31 May, with decisions taken by no later than 15 June. Submission of presentation/draft paper is also required a week prior to the workshop. Papers presented at the workshop can be submitted to the Competition Law Review editorial board with a view to being published in the Review. Note that the Review is a fully refereed scholarly law journal: Submission does not guarantee publication.

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14-15 DECEMBER 2012

Societies often have ambiguous and even conflicting attitudes towards state institutions that fulfil normalising, reformatory, punitive or disciplinary functions. This unease is frequently represented in an ambivalence or a hostility not only towards those disciplined or incarcerated but also, and perhaps paradoxically, towards the agents of those institutions, e.g. state incarcerators, the police, interrogators, soldiers, counterterrorist agents, or staff in mental hospitals. These figures tend to be conceptualised and represented in simplistic and often reductively negative terms. This demonisation reflects an unease towards institutions that are understood to be at once socially and politically necessary and saturated with threatening potential.

We invite papers that interrogate narrative negotiations of the tensions encountered by these figures and in these relationships; tensions between agency and victimhood, necessity and guilt, legitimate and abusive uses of power and violence. We may, for example, be overfamiliar with literary, filmic or popular cultural narratives of captivity that privilege the experience of incarceration or miscarriages of justice, in which the disciplining subject occupies a reified or stereotyped position; what representational potentials have remained underexplored in cultural or political discourses?

Themes for papers could include, but are not limited to, narrative representations of
Agency and victimhood
Ethical reflections on institutional and individual culpability
Stereotypes/prejudices (and their deconstruction)
Racial/ethnic/national inflections of ‘culpability’
Women and normative masculinities
Guilt, responsibility, deserved punitivity
‘Dirty work’
‘Clean’/non-scarring violence
Legitimacy and the abuse of power
State violence and its parameters
Torturers, torture and abuse; the representation of torturers
Trauma, testimony
Colonial and neocolonial disciplinary configurations
Authority, power, powerlessness
Theoretical conceptualisations of disciplinary agents

The conference is organised by Alex Adams (Newcastle University) and Cornelia Wächter (University of Paderborn, Bielefeld University) in cooperation with the Institute of English Studies (University of London) and the Human Rights Consortium (University of London). Please email 200-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers to and by Sunday, 19th August 2012.

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Seville: Standard of Review of International Courts and Tribunals -- Call for Papers 

Standard of Review in International Courts and Tribunals
Rethinking the Fragmentation and Constitutionalization of International Law
26-27 October 2012

Sponsored by: COST Action IS1003, International Law Between Constitutionalization and Fragmentation
University of Seville, Faculty of Law

This workshop intends to analyze different approaches taken by international courts and tribunals when confronted with factual, political and legal determinations made at the national
level. The workshop will concentrate on two interrelated aspects: (i) standard of review applied by international courts to municipal measures (actions) that are based on prior complex factual determinations and (ii) standard of review applied by international courts to political decisions that involve trade-offs between different competing values (and corresponding legal determinations).

The specific questions that we would like to address include:

• To what extent different international tribunals operating in different functional regimes apply the same/similar standard of review when confronted with complex factual issues, political choices and normative flexibilities?

• If there are differences, what may explain them? Is specific institutional setting relevant? Political context? Values that are protected by particular functional system? Or maybe subject matter of a dispute?

• If there are similarities, can we identify some meta-norms of constitutional character? What can explain existing (if any) convergences?

• What are the consequences of differences (if any) in applicable standards of review used by various international tribunals? Do they contribute to fragmentation of international law?

• Is there uniformity or divergence between standards of review applied by international courts to factual and legal determinations?

• What is the connection between applicable standard of review and legitimacy of decisions rendered by international courts and tribunals? An non-exhaustive list of international tribunals or other supervisory organs that are of our interest includes: WTO panels and the Appellate Body, the European Court of Human Rights,
the International Court of Justice, the Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, NAFTA panels, arbitration tribunals and ad hoc panels under investment treaties, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EFTA Court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Authors of selected papers will be invited to publish their works in an edited volume with a renowned international publisher. Invitations to contribute to the edited volume will depend
on the quality of the work presented at the conference.


The workshop is organized by Prof. Dr. Daniel García San José and it will be held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Seville.


Applicants should send in a 250-500 words abstract no later than 15 June 2012 to:
Dr. Lukasz Gruszczynski,
Prof. dr. Wouter Werner,

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4th Government Law College International Law Summit -- Students for the Promotion of International Law 

“Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation”
February 1-3, 2013
Government Law College
Mumbai, India

Submissions dealing with the realm of International Arbitration and Mediation will be accepted for the Summit’s call for papers. Deadline to be announced.

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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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