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The Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals Conference 

PluriCourts, University of Oslo, August 30-31 2014

The establishment of International Criminal Tribunals (including the ICTY, ICTR, and the ICC), and hybrid or internationalized tribunals (including the SCSL, ECCC, East Timor and Kosovo Panels and others) has been hailed as a great achievement within international law. They are characterized as institutions which promoted peace and reconciliation by seeking to prevent and deter war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Legal scholars cite the substantial normative evolution within the field as proof of the value of these institutions. Nevertheless, there is a need for multi-disciplinary evaluation to assess legitimacy and effectiveness of these tribunals. Legitimacy may be assessed by examining the institutions in terms of their origins, function, or output. Aspects include their fairness, selection and composition of judges and staff, prosecutorial discretion, etc., by their upholding legal standards such as methods of interpretation and due process, by assessing the role and interaction with institutional and individual stakeholders, such as victims, communities, states, IOs, and NGOs. Effectiveness may be assessed by contrasting the stated purpose of the international criminal tribunals (ICTs) with their outcomes.

This conference seeks papers pursuing empirical, normative, comparative or theoretical approaches. We welcome contributions from law and social science, including philosophy, sociology, criminology, psychology and history.

An aim of this conference is to assess the legitimacy of the ICTs, and pursue identification of lessons learned from comparative studies of the tribunals: best practices that may be applied by ICTs and other relevant mechanisms. Below are some suggested topics, but we welcome submission of abstracts addressing other related issues.

Fairness, Application of Legal Standards, and the Relationship to the Security Council

Crucial to the legitimacy of criminal justice is procedural fairness. Are international prosecutions fair? To what extent do ICTs ensure due process or transparency?. Is there need to improve the qualification of judges and staff appointed to ICTs?

We are interested in papers discussing prosecutorial independence and discretionary powers. There have been charges of selective geographical engagement; hence we seek papers examining the selection of situations and cases before ICTs. Are the ICT judges finders or makers of ICL and how dynamic should they be in their interpretation? In particular, ICTs are considered to have contributed to the identification of sexual violence as war crimes, what is the impact of this jurisprudence in practice? How can we streamline the process of indictment, arrest, and prosecution while upholding fair trial standards? What is the impact of UN regulations on arrests in practice? How can we improve support and protection of witnesses and evidence? We welcome papers that examine the perceived legitimacy of the tribunals in relation to other political institutions, such the UN Security Council.

We are also interested in papers exploring and contrasting the purpose and effects of hybrid and ad-hoc tribunals with ICC. Further, we welcome studies comparing the differing degrees of democratic control of ICTs. What is the regional representation within ICT staff?

Evaluating the Effectiveness of ICTs

The measure of the legitimacy of international criminal tribunals is complex. We seek empirical studies which assess compliance with ICT decisions and others that measure impact upon victims, relatives, and society. What impact have these tribunals had in relation to the societies which experienced violations? Different constituents have different perspectives. Have ICTs improved the lives of those directly affected by the crimes? Have they contributed to the healing and reconciliation of post-conflict societies? Have they prevented or deterred international crimes from being committed? Do ICTs promote the preservation of history, the right to the truth, or restoration of peace? Or are ICTs primarily symbolic markers of shared values? Do the prosecutions produce an adequate historical record of gross human rights violations? Or is the framework of a trial too narrow to allow an in-depth analysis of the events? How does geographic/national background affect output? And what about victims of crimes not prosecuted; what impact do the tribunals have upon them? Whose justice does ICTs serve? What are the key dilemmas with respect to compliance with ICTs?

Are ICTs agents of social change? Are they dispassionate dispensers of criminal justice? Are they neither, or both, as the case may be? Should they be?

We seek studies exploring the perception of ICTs in national legislatures, courts, and executive agencies- how does this affect funding, support, and compliance?

Cross-Fertilization of ICT with Other Regimes and Complementarity

To what extent have the ICTs impacted each other in terms of procedure and substantive outcomes? We also invite comparative studies that discuss whether the ICTs have impacted other areas of international law, is there harmonization or competition with human rights courts or other courts(including between different ICTs)? What is the relationship between ICTs and other institutional stakeholders, such as the UN Security Council, General Assembly, and regional organizations, including the EU, AU, and NATO.

We also welcome papers which will analyze the relationship between ICTs and national courts via the principle of complementarity. What is the impact of ICTs on national penal systems? Do national courts influence the reasoning of ICTs? Are ICTs and national courts functioning as if they are integrated? Is there migration of legal reasoning, concepts, principles, etc. between the different levels?

Further, we welcome perspectives exploring whether other mechanisms – such as truth and reconciliation commissions – may prove more effective or legitimate? Have ICTs diverted attention from these institutions?

Towards the Future: Facing Funding and Legitimacy Challenges

There is a need to review how procedures and staffing may be amended to improve effectiveness and quality. Should ICTs be strengthened? The international criminal tribunals currently face funding challenges. What is the impact of funding on the design and function of ICTs? How can we improve the qualifications of judges and staff members of the ICTs while facing funding cuts? What is the role of NGOs vis-à-vis ICTs?

Finally, we are interested in studies examining compliance with ICT decisions in different geographic regions. Is ICL viewed as a type of “legal imperialism”?

Paper proposals should be e-mailed to c.m.bailliet@jus.uio.no by 1 November 2013, with an abstract no longer than 500 words. Please include your CV. All proposals will be answered by 1 December 2013. Draft papers should be submitted by May 31st 2014. Conference papers will be selected for publication in a comprehensive anthology on the legitimacy of international criminal tribunals.
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CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION ClassCrits VI Stuck in Forward? Debt, Austerity and the Possibilities of the Political 

Sponsored by
Southwestern Law School &
U.C. Davis School of Law
Los Angeles, CA * November 15-16, 2013

The theme of this year’s workshop--the sixth meeting of ClassCrits--is debt, austerity and the possibilities of the
political. The economic crisis of 2008 was a referendum on the failures of deregulation and neoliberal ideology all over the world. Far from being a sophisticated mechanism to absorb and diffuse systemic economic risk, the crisis exposed a fragile global financial system characterized by dysfunctional imbalances of increasingly precarious and largely unregulated risk societies. In the United States, the social contract of class mobility and
the “American Dream” financed with “easy” credit was exposed as an empty promise. In the European context, the sovereign debt crisis resulted in the imposition of draconian austerity measures in several nationstates,like Greece, undermining social safety nets and wage structures, rupturing traditional alliances, and
driving down individual standards of living. At the same time, the Occupy Movement—and similar movements across the globe—refocused attention on socio-economic inequality for the first time in decades. The old ways of seeing things proved inadequate for framing the changing realities of the new post-recession world. But
whatever the initial shock to the social order, political and financial elites everywhere have since doubled down on the failed neoliberal project with a mania for balancing budgets in the name of discredited austerity policies which have only accelerated neoliberalism’s upward transfer and concentration of wealth and
intensified the class stratification in contemporary global societies. Stuck in the grip of austerity groupthink and
faced with nation states captured by elite interests─a trend only made worse in the United States by Citizens United─any movement forward will require creatively leveraging national political and legal systems as instruments for progressive economic change and deleveraging social class divides.

Please submit your proposal by email to classcrits@gmail.com by May 15, 2013. Proposals should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information, the title of the paper to be presented, and an abstract of the paper to be presented of no more than 750 words. Junior scholar submissions for works in progress should be clearly marked as “JUNIOR SCHOLAR WORK IN PROGRESS PROPOSAL.”

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LSPI 2013 : 8th International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law 

When Nov 11, 2013 - Nov 15, 2013
Where Bangkok, Thailand
Submission Deadline Oct 1, 2013

The International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) invites you to participate in the 8th International Conference on legal, security and privacy issues in information technology law. The Conference is an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants to come together, exchange ideas, and discuss emerging issues in IT law and the emerging technological environment. We invite contributions focusing on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues of IT, including but not limited to:

E-signatures
E-forensics and Evidence
Email monitoring and privacy issues in the workplace
Data retention & protection
Intellectual Property Rights
Contract and Tort
Virtual Companies
E-commerce law
Media & entertainment law
Data mining
Internet Freedom
Phishing, virus, malware etc.
Trustmarks
Legal risks and protection strategies
E-government & edemocracy
Privacy, Virology and security issues
Jurisdiction in Cyberspace
Cloud computing
Online gaming
Mobile technology
Robots & Intelligent agents
Consumer Protection
Cross-border ADR and Litigation
Content Regulation and Liability Issues
Telecommunication law and technology
Licensing and franchising
IT Outsourcing
Taxation of cross-border transactions
Jurisdictional barriers to regulation and enforcement
E-trade
Audio-visual technology
Broadband technology
Virtual worlds: regulation and taxation issues
Biometrics
Risk Management
Cybercrime
Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Telemedicine


The conference committee is seeking submissions of papers for oral presentations at the conference in three major categories:

Academic, peer reviewed papers - these papers will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee and other independent reviewers (where necessary) and will be published in the edited conference proceedings with ISBN. All papers will also be published in several leading international journals. Case studies, abstracts of research in progress, as well as full research papers will be considered for the conference program for presentation purposes. However, only complete papers will be published in the proceedings. Previously published peer-reviewed papers will also be considered, provided the authors (s) are granted license from the publisher and publication information are noted in the article.

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The Obligations VII Conference - Hong Kong  

Call for Papers Obligations VII Conference The Seventh Biennial Conference on the Law of Obligations will be held at the University of Hong Kong from 16-18 July 2014. The conference will be co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and Melbourne Law School and will address the theme: The Common Law of Obligations: Convergence and Divergence.

The biennial Obligations conferences bring together scholars, judges and practitioners from throughout the common law world to discuss current issues in contract law, the law of torts, equity and unjust enrichment. Both junior scholars and established academics are invited to submit proposals to present papers addressing the conference theme, which is described as follows: All common law jurisdictions have local influences that cause divergence in the common law, such as national and international human rights instruments, local statutory regimes, civil law influences, regional harmonisation, local circumstances and values, local cultural and political influences, and even, in some cases, a desire to express national identity by developing a distinctive local version of the common law. Have those localising influences rendered it anachronistic to refer to the common law of obligations? Or does the “common” remain important as a stabilising influence and a useful source of comparative perspectives? Is there something valuable and worth retaining in the shared heritage? Should ultimate appellate courts be slow to abandon principles that remain well accepted throughout the common law world? Does some divergence even strengthen the common law by rendering it more valuable as a source of collective wisdom and experience and a source of different solutions and different approaches? The aim of this conference is to explore these issues at the general level and at the level of specific subject areas and specific doctrines.

Anyone wishing to offer a paper should submit a working title and an abstract (of no more than 500 words) by email to oblig7@hku.hk by 30 June 2013. Papers will be selected on the basis of engagement with the conference theme and fit with other papers being presented at the conference, as well as quality and originality. All presenters whose offers of papers are accepted will be expected to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and to pay a discounted registration fee.

The conference web site is at:http://www.law.hku.hk/obligationsvii/ new=true] http://www.law.hku.hk/obligationsvii/[/url] All correspondence should be sent to: oblig7@hku.hk Andrew Robertson and Michael Tilbury Conference convenors
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2013 International Law Association Regional Conference 

A call for papers has been issued for the 2013 International Law Association Regional Conference, to take place August 29-31, 2013, at the European Public Law Organization, Cape Sounion, Greece. The theme is "Imperium Juris: Governance, Trade, Resources." Here's the call:

Regional Conference 2013

Cape Sounion, Athens, 29-31 August 2013

Imperium juris: Governance, Trade, Resources

This Regional Conference, aptly taking place at the crossroads between the developed and the emerging world in times of global crisis, aims to concentrate on manifestations of the rule of law, with particular reference to Governance, Trade and Resources. These areas are at the heart of current developments on the global scene, within a framework of international regulations, multiple actors, changing patterns of authority between and within States, emerging global needs leading to a renewed attention to human rights, energy and development.

In this context, this Regional Conference will explore cutting-edge issues within each field but also questions arising from the interplay between them. Panels under the general theme of Governance will provide both the background discussion on the architecture of international law and the prospects of further development in certain areas, such as the role assigned to actors on the international scene and the shifting structures of mechanisms on the protection of human rights, financial sovereignty and dispute settlement. Panels under the general theme of Trade will explore issues related to the workings of the WTO, investment and shipping. How these faces of reality in trade project into a more comprehensive system of trade governance is the natural query arising from their parallel development and invites further reflexion. Panels under the general theme Resources will discuss new challenges pertaining to the management of shared resources, including energy and cultural resources, and their impact on sustainable development.

The Programme Committee cordially invites the submission of proposals on the themes of Governance, Trade and Resources, as set out in the concept paper of the Conference.

Proposals will be selected through a competitive process, based exclusively on the scholarly merit of proposals received. All papers accepted will be published in the electronic proceedings in the Conference website. A limited number of authors will be invited to join the panels of the main programme.

Proposals from younger scholars will be presented during the parallel 'New Voices Programme', to be assembled according to submissions accepted.

Each submission should include an abstract of the proposed presentation of no more than 700 words in English or French and a short CV in English or French. Applications should be submitted in a Word or PDF format.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, 31 May 2013.
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Lavender Law Conference 

The National LGBT Bar Association is hosting its 2013 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair to be held from August 22-24, 2013, in San Francisco, CA.

Each year, the Lavender Law Conference provides a challenging and rewarding learning experience for attendees and presenters. In addition to day-long seminars focused on family law and transgender issues, the 2012 conference will feature dozens of continuing legal education (CLE) workshops on cutting edge legal issues affecting LGBT individuals, their families and the community. Topics covered in recent years include marriage equality, HIV/AIDS, immigration, LGBT issues in criminal law, LGBT youth issues and many others.

If you are a junior law professor (teaching 6 years or fewer), or a recent law school graduate or fellow who is writing scholarship focusing on the nexus between the law, gender, and sexuality, we encourage you to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals can be in the form of a full draft or in the form of an expanded abstract (approximately 1-2 pages in length). To submit a proposal for consideration, please email your submission to: scholars@lgbtbar.org, and cc: Courtney Joslin (cgjoslin@ucdavis.edu).

Deadline: June 15, 2013. Email submissions to scholars[@]lgbtbar.org and cc: Courtney Joslin (cgjoslin[@]ucdavis.edu).
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Conference on International Humanitarian Law – Military Objectives and Objects of War: An Uneasy Relationship  

The Minerva Center for Human Rights, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Israel and the Occupied Territories host the 8th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law – Military Objectives and Objects of War: An Uneasy Relationship on November 24-25, 2013.

The conference ”seeks to explore the concept of “military objective”, which is foundational to the law governing the conduct of hostilities.”

In recent years, much attention has been given to the distinction between persons who are legitimate targets of attack in armed conflict and those who are not. Far less attention seems to have been given to the equally fundamental distinction between those objects which may be targeted (i.e. military objectives) and those which may not. However, the proliferation of armed conflicts involving hostilities in areas where civilian and military elements are intermingled, as well as the increased deployment of highly accurate weaponry capable of striking precise points, have highlighted the need for a clearer articulation of the exact points in space and time at which an object can be attacked. Finally, the increased prevalence of asymmetric conflicts that are unlikely to result in a clear military victory raises questions concerning the continued viability and/or desirability of following existing definitions of military objectives.

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2013. Submit 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[@]savion.huji.ac.il). im

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Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back 

September 23 - 24, 2013, West Virginia University
Conference Chair: Jena Martin (WVU College of Law)

The West Virginia University Festival of Ideas in conjunction with the West Virginia University College of Law invites the submission of papers and abstracts for its conference entitled "Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back." The conference will examine the United Nations' recent work on business and human rights issues, an area that has grown substantially in the last ten years. Highlights of the subject's growth include the United Nations' establishment of a Working Group on Business and Human Rights and its adoption of the Guiding Principles for business and human rights. Participants will use these two major events as a focal point for discussing the roles that corporations, civil society, and states can all play in advancing the cause of human rights.

TOPICS: Potential topics for the conference include: Implementation - a discussion of best practices for implementing the Guiding Principles; the History of Business and Human Rights - examining the history of business and human rights as a precursor to the work in its present form; and The Framework - examining what principles or philosophies should be used to guide the business and human rights agenda. We also plan on holding a panel that highlights one of the issues that the Working Group is focusing on for their upcoming Forum in December: small and medium business entities and their role in the extractive industry. We plan on submitting the findings from this discussion to the Working Group.

During the second day of the conference, a special discussion group will bring together experts from a disparate number of fields, such as labor, trade, investment, and corporate social responsibility. The aim is to spotlight the impacts a business and human rights agenda has on different disciplines. Rather than following the format of a typical panel, the discussion group will be a less structured session that will allow both experts and participants to engage in a lightly moderated but productive conversation.

Please submit papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research related to all aspects of business and human rights, including but not limited to the topics discussed above. Other topics of particular interest include current agenda items from the Working Group's mandate. In addition, we encourage submissions of interdisciplinary research including research in law, practice, and economics.

Papers that are selected for the conference are expected to be published as part of an edited volume on the subject. Initial submissions in response to the Call for Papers can be either full drafts (of no more than 15,000 words) or detailed abstracts (of no more than 1,000 words). Scholars that have their abstracts accepted in lieu of a paper are expected to have a final draft submitted by September 1. Participants whose papers are selected will be responsible for their travel arrangements to the conference; however, the conference will pay for invited participants' lodging during the conference.

REQUIREMENTS: Each paper submitted should be an original that has not been published in a prior work.

From SSRN.

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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Loyola Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium 

November 1 & 2, 2013, Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is organizing the FOURTH ANNUAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW COLLOQUIUM at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611. The event will begin on Friday morning, November 1 and end midday on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

This is the fourth annual Loyola conference bringing together constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

This announcement invites abstract submissions of 150 to 200 words from Constitutional Law professors interested in contributing to the current debates concerning constitutional theory and Supreme Court rulings. We also welcome attendees who wish to participate in audience discussions without presenting a paper. The goal of the conference is to allow professors to develop new ideas with the help of supportive colleagues on a wide range of constitutional law topics.

ELIGIBILITY: The Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium is aimed at Constitutional Law, Legal History, Political Science, and Philosophy scholars teaching full-time and part-time at the university, law school, and graduate levels on all matters of constitutional law.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The registration and abstract submission deadline is June 15, 2013. Conference organizers will select abstracts on a rolling basis.


FURTHER INFORMATION: Information at: http://www.luc.edu/law/conlawcolloquium/index.html

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Eighth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies 

Call For Papers
CELS 2013 - Eighth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies

Friday Oct. 25 & Saturday Oct. 26, 2013, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Paper Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, midnight (EST)

The Eighth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS 2013), sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) will be held at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, in Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013. The conference features original empirical legal scholarship by leading scholars from a diverse range of fields.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit a paper for consideration, please go to the CELS 2013 Conference Maker page at: https://editorialexpress.com/conference/CELS2013. There is no charge for submissions. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information about CELS 2013, please visit: https://www.law.upenn.edu/academics/conferences/cels2013

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