Call for Papers: The Future of Criminal Law – Minneapolis, MN 

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice hosts “The Future of Criminal Law?” April 24-26, 2013. As part of this conference, the institute is soliciting papers for the April 25-26 workshop.

Each paper should argue for a single crucial reform to the criminal law or the criminal process (the 2013 Robina Conference dealt with sentencing and punishment, so we will not include papers on these topics in the 2014 conference).

Deadline: September 30, 2013. Papers must be no longer than 6,000 words, including footnotes (or endnotes) and references. Include an abstract of no more than 300 words. Selection will be through blind review, so please remove all self-identifying references and provide contact details on a separate sheet. Email submissions to robina[@] im

“Many practitioners and theorists believe our systems of criminal law and criminal justice have been beset by crises. The criminal law’s reach extends more and more widely, as legislators reach for criminalization as a first, rather than as a last, resort to deal with perceived social problems. Criminal offenses are defined in ever broader terms, often with little apparent regard for the principle that criminal liability should depend on culpable wrongdoing. The criminal process, dominated by prosecutorial power and plea-bargaining, is hardly a process through which justice is done to those accused of crimes.

“Others regard such talk of “crises” as, at best, exaggerated. Our criminal justice system faces real challenges, but what critics cite as symptoms of systemic failure are actually necessary features of a criminal law that is to protect individual liberty and public safety in these dangerous times. Public protection requires an expansive criminal law that allows police and prosecutors a wide discretion in implementing it. It requires a criminal process that deals efficiently with large numbers of offenders.

“Even those who deny that criminal justice is in crisis recognize, however, that the system faces significant challenges. Disagreement centers on the nature and extent of these challenges, and on what sorts of response are warranted. The conference aims to bring together thoughtful scholars and practitioners to engage in imaginative and constructive discussion of these issues.”
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Call for Papers: Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class – Oklahoma City, OK 

Oklahoma City University School of Law hosts the conference “Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class” September 27-28, 2013.

This conference seeks to bring the insights of progressive property theory to the area of inheritance and succession law and will address the many points of intersection between inheritance law, gender and race, social structure, wealth inequality, domestic violence, indigenous people’s rights, among others. Recognizing that inheritance law is a society’s DNA, the conference will present both theoretical, historical and practical approaches to ways it has and continues to maintain social structure and ways it can change it.

Call for Papers Deadline: August 1, 2013. Proposals should be 250 words long, sent to cspivack[@]
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Call for Papers: First Annual Workshop for Corporate & Securities Litigation – Chicago, IL 

The University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Richmond School of Law invite submissions for the First Annual Workshop for Corporate & Securities Litigation, which will be held November 8, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.

This annual workshop will bring together scholars focused on corporate and securities litigation to present their works-in-progress. Papers addressing any aspect of corporate and securities litigation or enforcement are eligible. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, securities litigation, fiduciary duty litigation, or comparative approaches to business litigation. We welcome scholars working in a variety of methodologies, including empirical analysis, law and economics, law and sociology, and traditional doctrinal analysis. Authors whose papers are selected will be invited to present their work at a workshop hosted by the University of Illinois College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday November 8, 2013. Local costs (lodging and workshop meals) will be covered. Participants are asked to pay for their own travel expenses. The workshop is designed to maximize discussion and feedback. All participants will have read the selected papers. The author will provide a brief introduction to the paper, but the majority of the individual sessions will be devoted to collective discussion of the paper involved.

Deadline: May 31, 2013. Send an abstract to Jessica Erickson at jerickso[@] by May 31, 2013. Please include your name, current position, and contact information in the e-mail accompanying the submission. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by Friday, June 28.
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Innovation and IP in Africa, at Cape Town 

Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa and3rd Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
9-13 December 2013, Cape Town, South Africa

In December 2013, delegates from national and international governmental entities, the private sector, civil society, and academia will gather for five days of interconnected events in Cape Town. Participants will engage with diverse perspectives and future scenarios for intellectual property (IP), innovation and development during the Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa (9-11 December) and the 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest (11-13 December). For further details and registration (opening soon), visit

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Junior Scholars in IP at Michigan State 

6th Annual Junior Scholars in IP (JSIP) Workshop
Friday and Saturday, October 4–5, 2013

The JSIP Workshop offers a unique opportunity for junior scholars* writing in the areas of intellectual property, communications, and cyberlaw to receive detailed commentary on their work from established scholars in a focused workshop setting. Articles will be chosen through a blind-review selection process. Participants are expected to attend the entire Workshop.

*Eligible junior scholars have seven or fewer years of full-time teaching experience.

Submit papers online at

Deadline: July 31, 2013.

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EPIP Conference, Paris 

8th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association
The Frontiers of IP
Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France
September 5-6, 2013


Telecom ParisTech will host the 8th annual conference of The EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association in Paris, Sept. 5-6, 2013. Scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without scientific paper presentation.

The conference will explore how Intellectual Property (IP) is related to the scientific and technological frontiers, to geographical frontiers as well as to competition policy or to contract law.

Topics of interest include:

Patentability subject matter, non-obviousness
Allocation of rights in patent pools
Standards and pools
Open innovation
International technology transfer, international issues in IP protection
Copyright in the digital era
IP and competition policy
IP and other incentives to innovate
Markets for patents
IP and contract law
IP licensing
Substitutability/complementarity between patents and trademarks
IP and science
University technology transfer, public-private partnerships

Articles can be submitted at

We will review extended abstracts but prefer full-length articles.

Deadline for submissions: June 3, 2013
Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2013

Selected articles will be published in the Proceedings of the conference.

Please send an email to for further details and information.

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Elections in Europe in Times of Crisis 

The European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO), an independent and interdisciplinary academic organization whose goal is to produce a permanent and periodic assessment of democratic practices within the EU, invites papers for its annual dissemination conference, Elections in Europe in Times of Crisis, which will take place Nov. 28-29, 2013, at the European University Institute, in Florence. Proposals are due June 1, 2013.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Deutsche Bundesbank/SAFE Conference on Supervising Banks in Complex Financial Systems 

The conference will take place on 21 and 22 October 2013 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Topics and Objectives

This conference brings together academics and policymakers with an interest in financial institutions, financial stability, complexity, and linkages to the real economy. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the complexity of the financial system has been a key concern for policymakers and academics alike. With this conference we want to foster the academic and policy discussions about the role of complexity in finance.

We encourage the submission of empirical and theoretical papers of the highest academic standards on financial institutions, financial stability, and their links to the real economy.

Topics of interest for the conference include, but are not limited to:

Complex financial institutions and markets
Heterogeneity in models of the financial sector
Regulating complexity and the complexity of regulation
Resolving complex financial institutions
Financial Networks
Experiments and financial regulation
The interaction between the financial and the real sphere

Submission of Papers

Those wishing to present a paper should send a full draft of the paper. All submissions must include a cover page including authors' full name and affiliation, and contact details (address, phone, email) for corresponding author/s. Papers should be submitted electronically as doc or pdf files to on or before June 16, 2013.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than 31 July 2013. Travel expenses (economy class) and accommodation will be covered for presenters of accepted papers.

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Call for Papers: 2013 ASIL Research Forum 

ASIL Research Forum

November 1-3, 2013

The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held at the New York University School of Law on November 1-3, 2013.

The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of works-in-progress by Society members. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not.

Interested participants should submit an abstract (no more than 500 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Papers can be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication). Authors may only submit one proposal, although an author may be listed as a non-primary co-author on multiple proposals. Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome. Member proposals should be submitted here by Friday, June 14.

Proposals should include 1) the name, institutional affiliation, professional position, and contact information for the author(s), and 2) an abstract. Review of the abstracts will be blind, and therefore abstracts should not include any identifying information about the author. Abstracts containing identifying information will not be reviewed. The Research Forum Committee will announce selections by July 25.

The Research Forum Committee will organize the selected paper proposals around common issues, themes, and approaches. Discussants, who will comment on the papers, will be assigned to each cluster of papers. All authors will be required to submit a draft paper 4 weeks before the Research Forum as a condition for participation. Failure to submit a draft paper may result in disqualification. Drafts will be posted on the Research Forum website.

Kristen Boon (Seton Hall)

Timothy Meyer (Georgia)

2013 Research Forum Co-chairs
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Call for Papers: Empirical Studies of Trademark Data – Alexandria, VA 

The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy (New York University School of Law), the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Center for Law & Economics (ETH Zurich), the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and the University of East Anglia seek papers for the conference Empirical Studies of Trademark Data, September 26-27, 2013.

“With the increased availability of trademark data, we are soliciting papers that open up new avenues of trademark research. Papers with empirical or experimental data and papers with a U.S., international, or foreign focus are welcome…. Interested authors are encouraged to submit either a completed paper or a two-page research proposal that includes an abstract of the intended paper, an outline of the methodologies to be used, and a brief statement about the current state of the research project. Interested authors are also encouraged to indicate whether they would be willing to serve only as discussants in the event that the schedule cannot accommodate their papers.”

Deadline: June 24, 2013, to saurabh.vishnubhakat[@]

Please direct any questions to Barton Beebe (barton.beebe[@] or Alan Marco (alan.marco[@] im
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