Call for Papers: Celebrating of the Centenary of the Peace Palace  

Call for Papers

The International Court of Justice will host a conference in celebration of the Centenary of the Peace Palace on Monday, 23 September 2013. The programme will include four sessions:

1. A Century of International Justice, and Perspectives for the Future

2. The Role of the International Court of Justice for Enhancing the Rule of Law

3. The International Court of Justice and the International Legal System

4. The International Court of Justice and the United Nations: Relationship of the ICJ with other UN Organs

Speakers for the first three sessions have been invited by the Court. Speakers for the fourth session will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to this Call for Papers. Possible topics to be addressed by the papers are: (a) the role and relevance of Article 36 (3) of the Charter of the United Nations; (b) advisory opinions requested by United Nations organs; (c) the review by the Court of the legality of acts of United Nations organs; (d) the role of other United Nations organs for the implementation of the Court’s judgments.

Senior and junior scholars of any nationality are eligible to apply. Abstracts, in either English or French, should be no more than 2500 words in length and must be received by the Court by Wednesday, 10 July 2013. Only one abstract per author may be submitted. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered.

The selection of papers by a panel of three judges of the Court will take place on an anonymous basis. Abstracts should therefore not contain the authors’ contact details. They should however be accompanied by a cover letter providing this information, as well as by a curriculum vitae.

Applications should be sent to:

International Court of Justice

Attn: Jenny Grote Stoutenburg

Peace Palace

Carnegieplein 2

2517 KJ The Hague

The Netherlands

Selected speakers will be notified no later than Monday, 22 July 2013. Full papers must be received by the Court by Monday, 9 September 2013. The papers must be unpublished and ready to be included in proceedings which may later be published.

Unfortunately, the International Court of Justice is not in a position to meet travel and accommodation costs for any speaker at the Conference. The selected papers of those who will not be able to attend the Conference may be included in the proceedings.
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Drones and Aerial Robotics at NYU 

Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference
October 11-13, 2013
NYU School of Law

The program committee of the inaugural Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC) is now inviting proposals from individuals across a broad spectrum of expertise. DARC will convene a wide range of stakeholders to explore civilian drones and their impact on society. The conference is presented by the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU School of Law and will be held October 11-13, 2013. We invite contributions from all interested disciplines on or before May 27, 2013.


What do hobbyists, journalists, university researchers, soldiers, and police all have in common? They’re all testing or using aerial robotics, commonly called “drones.”

Imagine a near future in which networks of autonomous robots roam the skies, performing everything from law enforcement, to communications, to crop dusting, shipping and logistics. Sound implausible? It might be. But that’s the future that the aerospace industry, the FAA, and a new class of entrepreneurs are busy preparing. And this future is closer to reality than many realize. Drones force a broad reconsideration of the laws and regulatory frameworks that protect vital interests like civil liberties, due process, privacy, innovation, and security. But they also herald new innovations and new public interest applications.

These technologies are powered by some of the same phenomena that propel the mobile industry—Moore’s law, economies of scale, and ever more sophisticated software built by large companies or open source hackers. Anyone can buy a toy drone at the mall for $299, assemble a relatively capable DIY drone for $1000, or buy a sophisticated $50,000 aircraft for amateur photogrammetry.

As the FAA scrambles to meet its 2015 integration deadline—which will open domestic airspace to hobby aircraft as well as the types of aircraft that currently fly over Afghanistan—DARC provides a forum for entrepreneurs, policy makers, and civil libertarians to constructively engage. Join us this Fall to explore this fascinating, emergent space.

There are few technologies that stimulate such deep and wide-ranging questions about law, technology, and international relations. We welcome all proposals, but please stay substantive and constructive. This list is not exhaustive, but we invite proposals along the following lines:

Anecdotal talks
Popular research
Demos or tutorials
Scholarly research
Constructive discussions
Proposals should address — but are not limited to — our five main areas of interest:
General Interest & Zeitgeist
Makers & Entrepreneurs
Law & Regulation
Privacy & Surveillance
Proposals can be submitted via the conference website at Proposals will be accepted until May 27, 2013. Questions may be sent to

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Arts and Tech Symposium at Texas Wesleyan 

The Texas Wesleyan Law Review* is issuing a call for papers for its fall symposium on IP and the arts, to be held October 25, 2013, with papers to be published in the Spring 2014 IP Symposium Issue.

We are now accepting proposals for papers and presentations on subjects related to the ways technology affects the delivery and consumption of content in the various arts, and the way IP law impacts these methods. Examples include the music industry’s method of disseminating content through online streaming and digital downloads; projects like the Google Art Project, which digitizes paintings and other works of art in high resolution for online viewing; and the rights and responses of publishers and consumers in a post-Kirtsaeng world.

To be considered for publication, please send an abstract of no more than 750 words to by June 21, 2013, along with a current CV. Papers will be selected on a rolling basis, so early submission is recommended. A limited number of presentation submissions without publication will be considered, but strong preference is given to presenters who submit a paper. Any questions may be sent to the Symposium Editor, Matt Fronda, at

*Texas Wesleyan University and Texas A&M University have each announced their intention to enter into a long-term relationship that would include the acquisition by Texas A&M University of the Texas Wesleyan School of Law. The contemplated relationship and the acquisition of the law school by Texas A&M University remain subject to certain conditions and approvals including the negotiation, execution, and performance of mutually agreeable definitive agreements.

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Banks in World War I — Zurich, Switzerland 

The European Association for Banking & Financial History (EAHB) presents 1914: Banks at War: Banks Confronted by WWI June 14, 2014. Paper proposals are due Sept. 1, 2013.
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Risk, Perception, and Response — Cambridge, MA 

The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (School of Public Health) is soliciting papers for its Risk, Perception, and Response Conference, to be held March 20-21, 2014.

How people react to scientific evidence of risk is mediated by many factors, including how risk information is perceived and communicated, how we react to social and cultural influences, and how choices are structured. Examples abound of situations where individuals’ risk perceptions lead them to act in ways that appear contrary to their own interests, overreacting to or neglecting risks. How can situations in which individuals are likely to respond poorly be identified, and what can be done to improve their responses?

Abstracts are due June 10, 2013. Each presenter will receive travel funding and an honorarium. Papers will be published.
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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 ([@] or Sudha Setty (sudha.n.setty[@]
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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[@] 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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