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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.

Link to Call

From International Law Reporter
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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.

The Call

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
Environmental Law
Human Rights Law
Law of the Sea
Energy Law

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

Multinational corporations
Non-governmental organisations
Standard-setting associations

The contractual dimension: the negotiation of private agreements and the protection of public interests

Oil & gas contracts
Bioprospecting contracts
Investment contracts
Agri-investment, land deals

Please submit to francesca.romanin@unimi.it. 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.

Timeline

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 francesca.romanin@unimi.it.

From International Law Reporter
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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 jyackee@wisc.edu and Elizabeth Trujillo at etrujillo@suffolk.edu. 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
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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.”
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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[@]okcu.edu
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