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Conference on Empirical Legal Studies — Philadelphia, PA 

The Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and Penn Law School present the 8th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) Oct. 25-26, 2013. Prof. Theodore Eisenberg will present an Empirical Training Workshop Thur., Oct. 24. The paper submission deadline (according to SSRN) is July 3, 2013.
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Constitutional Law Colloquium — Chicago, IL 

Loyola University Chicago School of Law hosts a Constitutional Law Colloquium Nov. 1-2, 2013.

This is the fourth annual Loyola colloquium and brings together constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. We hope to schedule presentations for all who submit. In this way, we will provide a forum for the vetting of ideas and invaluable opportunities for informed critiques. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

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.

Registration is open until June 15, 2013; conference organizers will select abstracts on a rolling basis.
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CFP: Call for Papers: Constitutional Conflict and Development: Perspectives from South Asia and Africa 

The AALS Section on Law & South Asian Studies and the Section on Africa invite papers for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2014 Annual Meeting, January 2-5, 2014. The paper theme is Constitutional Conflict and Development: Perspectives from South Asia and Africa. Papers can explore any aspect of constitutional conflict, development, change and evolution in these regions. Topics relating to any country within Africa or South Asia (including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) would be appropriate.

Deadline: June 15, 2013, for 500-1000 word proposals or abstracts. Submissions should be directed to Matthew Charity (matthew.charity[@]law.wne.edu) or Sudha Setty (sudha.n.setty[@]gmail.com).
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Call for Papers: IPublic Health: The Intersection of Intellectual Property and Public Health 

The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law will host a symposium at The John Marshall Law School in November 2013. The symposium theme will be IPublic Health: The Intersection of Intellectual Property and Public Health. Accepted papers will be published in the 2014 RIPL Symposium Issue and authors may be invited to present their works either individually or as part of a panel presentation at the Symposium.

Deadline: Please submit a proposal, including a detailed outline of the article, to cshapir[@]law.jmls.edu before June 15, 2013. im

There is a longstanding debate on the role of intellectual property in assuring the research and development of affordable healthcare. The recent Indian Supreme Court’s denial of Novartis’s cancer drug, the US Supreme Court’s consideration of patenting the human genome, and the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act bring these issues to the forefront. Both sides of the debate recognize the need for critical evaluation of the current system. Some argue that the system must be strengthened to generate and reward innovation; others argue that those protections should be relaxed to promote access. Any solution to this problem must be addressed on a global scale. We welcome papers that will contribute to this discussion. Topics may include the interplay of generic and branded drugs, the WTO TRIPS agreement and its impact on developing nations, the Affordable Care Act, patenting the human genome, and other topics involving public health and intellectual property. We will also accept papers on issues that address related topics such as false advertising and preemption under FDA law, FASTR and open access to research, and global health tourism, as well as new health technologies and implications for patient care, such as smart phones as medical diagnostic tools and other e-health developments.

RIPL is an honors law review comprised of top students participating in the internationally recognized IP program at the John Marshall Law School. RIPL is available in libraries across the world and is published online. These students have a variety of IP backgrounds, experience in trade secret, patent, trademark, and copyright law, and an extensive amount of editing experience. Since our foundation, RIPL has earned accolades and judicial citation by publishing reputable authors, including Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Judge Paul Michel, Judge Richard Linn and Donald Chisum
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Leadership for Peace & Prosperity — San Diego, CA 

The University of San Diego’s Ahlers Center for International Business and Center for Peace and Commerce and the Institute for Economics and Peace present the 2013 Leadership for Peace and Prosperity Conference Oct. 3–5, 2013.

This conference provides a forum for sharing best practices, research and insight on the dynamic nexus of conflict, violence, sustainable peace and business. Papers will be considered that present theoretical and applied, empirical research on the following broad topics (including but not limited to): peace and business, recognizing the economic and social benefits of peace, the role that business can play in developing a more peaceful society and contributing toward peace, conducting business in zones of conflict and post-conflict areas, how managers balance corporate risk exposure in conflict-sensitive zones, business benefits of peace, how business contributes to social resilience and/or less violence in their service communities, peace metrics and current practices of involving business in peace efforts.

Abstracts are due June 15, 2013 (extended from original May 30 deadline). Qualifying paper submissions will be eligible for submission to a special issue Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (BPSD) (Greenleaf Publishing).
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Value Creation by Business Lawyers — AALS 2014 — New York, NY 

The AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills is seeking paper proposals for its session at the 2014 Annual Meeting (Jan. 2-5, 2014, in New York) on the topic of “Value Creation in the 21st Century.” The session will re-examine Professor Ronald Gilson’s 1984 scholarly article, Value Creation by Business Lawyers: Legal Skills and Asset Pricing, 94 Yale L.J. 239, evaluate the impact of the article, and discuss the prospects for business lawyers creating value in the 21st Century.

1-2 page proposals should be submitted no later than June 7, 2013 to eric.gouvin@law.wne.edu
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Business & Human Rights — Morgantown, WV 

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,” which will take place Sept. 23-24, 2013.

The conference will examine the United Nation’s 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.

The call for papers is here. The submission deadline for papers or detailed abstracts is June 1, 2013.
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Call For Papers “Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2013″ Conference – Rio de Janeiro  

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI), and the Brazilian Government (BR) are hosting the Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2013 Conference on 12-13 November 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are currently accepting papers and the call for papers can be found here.
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Call For Papers: “The Evolving Role of the Corporate Counsel: How Information Technology is Reinventing Legal Practice” Raleigh, NC 

The Fall 2013 Law Review Symposium Hosted by Campbell University School of Law will focus on the impact of information technology on the practice of corporate counsel. Significant increases in computing power and related technologies are impacting the practice of law in many areas. The rapid proliferation of these technologies and practices, driven by efficiency and price, holds the potential to dramatically change the way corporations and others seek, obtain, and manage legal services. The Symposium will bring together the scholarship on the theoretical underpinnings of this movement and entrepreneurs that are carrying it into the real world with corporate counsel and the law firms that service them to contribute to an understanding of how these practices will shape the future of legal practice.

Abstracts and proposals for panel presentations on issues related to this topic, as well as the author or presenter’s resume, should be submitted, no later than September 1, 2013, to: Emily K. Mather, Editor-in-Chief, Campbell Law Review, culawreview@email.campbell.edu
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Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace 

Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium, April 4-5, 2014, University of Wisconsin Law School, USA

We invite internationally acclaimed women scholars and advanced PhD candidates to the second conference on the Creation of International Law, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin on April 4-5, 2014 as part of its Wisconsin International Law Journal annual symposium. The intention is to continue and expand the network of women scholars and practitioners that was launched in 2009 in Norway to support their engagement in public international law. The theme of the second conference is: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace. The pursuit of peace remains a global challenge and there is a need for reflection as to how the current international public law institutional and normative structure functions and what are the gaps?

Scholars from across the globe are invited to present papers addressing challenges in relation to the creation of international law from theoretical, normative, or empirical perspectives. We seek to bring together academic women to promote new research collaboration and strengthen their ability to influence the creation and elaboration of international law. The conference seeks to profile women as subjects of international public law development, both for students and researchers seeking recruitment to the law schools. Papers selected for presentation at the symposium will be published in the Wisconsin International Law Journal.

The following are some suggested areas for papers, addressing issues relating to peace at the international level (state-state/international community) and at the domestic level (state-society/individual). Papers can address the tension between the notion of negative peace (prohibition of violence and aggression) and positive peace (elimination of structural violence, respect for human rights, and social justice ). However, the list is not exhaustive and we welcome other areas of international law related to international peace.

• Public International Law: We welcome papers discussing the current divide on R2P, juxtaposing the principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty against initiatives advocating intervention in response to massive violations of human rights, and the right to democracy. We also welcome papers on reform of international and national institutions in order to improve the implementation and enforcement of peace.

• International Human Rights: Peace: Is it a Human Right? Is it an individual or collective right? Who are the beneficiaries of this right and who are the duty-bearers? How should we move forward in terms of defining the scope of the right to peace and ensuring compliance? Freedom of Expression- what is the scope of this right and its relation to peace? The Rights to Non-Discrimination, Equality, Freedom of Expression, Food, Water, Housing, and Education- how do we measure progress?

• International Humanitarian Law: We welcome papers on prohibition of nuclear weapons and weapons composed with nuclear byproducts, incendiary weapons, and autonomous weapons systems. We also welcome papers addressing initiatives to regulate disarmament or regulate the arms trade.

• International Environmental Law: We welcome papers on peace, sustainable development, and the interface between climate change and human rights/migration law

• International Trade Law/Economic Law: We welcome papers addressing institutional and normative roots of structural violence, poverty, and global inequality/inequity. We also seek papers addressing the marginalization of women and efforts to empower them.

• Dispute Resolution: We welcome papers on mediation, conciliation, arbitration, commissions of inquiry, peace commissions, tribunals, and other non-violent mechanisms. We also welcome papers addressing the participation of women in these forums.

• Education: We welcome papers discussing the teachingof International Law- is there a bias towards topics addressing violence and use of force? How can we improve the teaching of peace within the law school?

The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 1, 2013. Scholars whose abstracts are selected for the symposium will be notified by November 1, 2013. Complete papers from those selected are due on March 1, 2014. Please email your abstracts of not more than 500 words including your institutional affiliation and contact details to Cecilia Marcela Bailliet (c.m.bailliet@jus.uio.no) and Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu@wisc.edu) by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

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From International Law Reporter
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