Call for papers for workshop and publication on “Natural resources grabbing: Erosion or legitimate exercise of State sovereignty?”
4th and 5th October 2013
University of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)
Aula Magna del Rettorato
Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 15 June 2013
The Theme addressed
The growing demand for natural resources has triggered a “race” to their exploitation and possession, especially in developing countries. This research project aims at addressing, from an international law perspective, this very complex challenge for the international community.
The more requested resources are water (freshwater and groundwater), land, forests, raw materials (oil, gas, mineral resources and precious stones), fisheries and genetic resources.
Among the “buyers” there are emerging economies and Western States, as well as multinational corporations and international financial institutions.
While this demand creates investment opportunities in countries with a low attractive investment profile, on the other side, these initiatives often threaten local communities’ interests and environmental protection. In particular, they aggravate the risks of food, water and energy security and, in the long term, they may generate dangerous imbalances, if they strike at the roots the territorial sovereignty of host countries. Governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors have a key role to play in promoting responsible investments and in developing procedural and substantive principles and rules that contribute to the establishment of a transparent and accountable natural resources governance.
We welcome submissions that describe new (previously unpublished), cutting-edge research in the following focus areas:
The international legal framework: relevant customary and treaty law for the exploitation of natural resources
Investment and Trade Law
Human Rights Law
Law of the Sea
The role of International Organisations
Financial institutions, Development Banks and UN Agencies (such as, the International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD, United Nations Development Program – UNDP and others)
The responses at the regional and domestic level (constitutional rights, customary law, reforms) on behalf of investor and recipient countries, and their interaction with the international legal order
European Union partnerships and investment programs
African, Asian and South American experiences
The role of non-state actors
The contractual dimension: the negotiation of private agreements and the protection of public interests
Oil & gas contracts
Agri-investment, land deals
Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
. a 500-word abstract in English, French or Spanish, with indication of the author(s), their affiliation and full contact information. The Workshop
Selected papers will be presented at an international Workshop, which will be held in Cagliari (Sardinia) on the 4 th and 5 th October 2013. Each session of the workshop will be moderated by an invited keynote speaker and will include 3 additional contributors, selected through this call.
There will be no registration fee for participants in the workshop.
Researchers and practitioners from developing countries are welcome and we will be able to contribute in part to their travelling and accommodation expenses in Cagliari.
Closing date for abstracts’ submission: 15 June 2013
Acceptance of abstracts: 30 June 2013
Deadline for draft papers’ submission: 15 September 2013
Deadline for selected final drafts’ submission: December 2013
Should you have any questions about the call or the workshop, please contact Dr. Romanin Jacur at email@example.com
From International Law Reporter
Call for Papers: ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group Junior Scholars Research Forum
The American Society of International Law’s International Economic Law Interest Group (ASIL IEcLIG) is pleased to issue a Call for Proposals for its inaugural Junior Scholars Research Forum, to be held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, in Philadelphia, on November 22, 2013. This one-day Research Forum will provide junior international economic law scholars with a supportive and constructive environment in which to present and receive feedback on their works-in-progress. Participation in the Forum is by invitation only. IEcLIG is inviting untenured international economic law scholars, including academics in tenure-track or non-tenure track positions, scholars with temporary academic appointments (e.g. VAPs, Fellows) and practitioners looking to enter legal academia in the near future to submit proposals for the Research Forum. Only authors of approved works-in-progress and a select group of established international law scholars will be invited to attend. Participants will present their work to a panel of other junior scholars and to a select group of established international law scholars, and will receive helpful and friendly suggestions on their work. Established scholars in international economic law will be assigned to each paper to provide helpful comments and suggestions. All topics concerning international economic law, (broadly defined to include areas related to but not limited to trade, investment, finance, international intellectual property) will be considered.
Lunch and dinner will be provided. A registration fee of $75.00 is required for ASIL non-members. Becoming an ASIL member is strongly encouraged if you plan to attend this event.
If you are a junior scholar working in the area of International Economic Law and are interested in participating in the Research Forum, please email a title and short abstract (no more than 500 words) detailing the subject of your intended paper, and a current CV to the Co-Chairs of ASIL-IEcLIG, Jason Yackee at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Elizabeth Trujillo at email@example.com
. The selection committee, made up of active scholars in international economic law, will review the submissions by blind review. Please do not include your name on the submission, but please do include an email so we can contact you. The deadline for receipt of proposals is June 25th, 2013. Invited participants must be committed to circulating a full draft paper to the Forum organizers at least three weeks prior to the Research Forum.
Unfortunately, the IEcLIG budget does not allow for any travel or other financial assistance for participants. The IEcLIG leadership will make its selection decisions by July 25th, 2013 and authors of selected proposals will be contacted by that date.
Link to Call
From International Law Reporter
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[@]umn.edu. 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.”
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[@]okcu.edu
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[@]richmond.edu 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.
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 www.openair.org.za/capetown2013
From IP and IT Conferences
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 http://www.law.msu.edu/ipic/workshop/
Deadline: July 31, 2013.
From IP and IT Conferences
8th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association
The Frontiers of IP
Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France
September 5-6, 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
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
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
Substitutability/complementarity between patents and trademarks
IP and science
University technology transfer, public-private partnerships
Articles can be submitted at http://www.telecom-paristech.fr/epip2013/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details and information.
From IP and IT Conferences
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.
Link to Call
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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
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 email@example.com
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.
Link to Call