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Call For Papers Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China 

Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China

Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue Conference

6-7 April 2013, Beijing, China

Conference Link: http://www.chinadrcenter.org

GUEST EDITORS:
- Douglas Cumming, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
- Wenxuan Hou, Durham Business School, Durham University, UK
- Edward Lee, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

ORGANISING COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
- Jiandong Chen, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
- Xiao Ma, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
- Huiyao Wang, Center for China and Globalization and Harvard University

SCOPE OF SPECIAL ISSUE: China is an increasingly influential emerging country. Its impressive economic growth has elevated hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and has therefore been hailed as one of the greatest achievements of modern history. The rise of China's economy has been contributed by the private sectors where entrepreneurs have played a pivotal role. However, Chinese entrepreneurship was only enabled after institutional reforms began in the late 1970s. Since then, institutional reforms continued to facilitate and expand entrepreneurship in China by improving the business environment. As Chinese entrepreneurs become increasingly competitive, they will also become more dependent on external financial resources to fund their businesses. This increasing reliance on external capital will in turn enhance the demand for business ethics and corporate governance, since accountability and stewardship promotes confidence among outside investors. Thus, there is an interrelationship between entrepreneurship, corporate finance and governance, and institutional reform is crucial to China's past, current and future economic development. The success of China's economy so far warrants studies of these issues to acquire insights and inform the development of other emerging countries. This call of paper invites empirical studies on these issues that are specific to the Chinese setting and could provide useful policy implications.

TOPICS: Specific topics and research questions can include, but are not limited to:
- What kind of regulations or institutional reforms facilitates ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
- What kind of regulations or institutional reforms encourages venture capital, private equity, and capital market investment in ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
- Do business ethics and corporate governance mechanisms improve capital acquisition and reduce cost of capital for entrepreneurs?
- Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs perform better and what type of corporate financing approach or corporate governance mechanism improves their performance?
- What are the appropriate performance metrics for sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs?
- Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship lead to more successful IPO and better post-IPO performance?
- What factors exacerbate the frequency of fraud in private and publicly traded companies?
- What regulatory or governance tools mitigate the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
- Do political connections deter fraud and facilitate corporate transparency and corporate social responsibility?
- How do central and local governments encourage ethical investment in private and publicly traded companies?
- What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in mitigating the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
- What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in stimulating new firm creation, particularly those in socially responsible industries?
- How does ethical investment and fraud compare in China with other emerging economics, and what factors (legal, institutional, institutional, or cultural) affect these differences?

NOTE: Studies exploring Chinese listed firms and studies investigating other BRICS emerging economies, e.g. Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, will be also considered.

To aid in the development of papers, a two-day conference will be held in Beijing, China on 6-7 April 2013. Acceptance to the conference does not guarantee acceptance into the special issue. Likewise, papers may be considered for the special issue that are not presented at the conference.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: In your submissions, please indicate whether you want your paper to be considered for the special issue of Journal Business Ethics (JBE). By submitting a paper, authors are certifying (a) that the submission is original, unpublished work, (b) that in whole or material part it is not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. Papers will be externally double-blind reviewed according to standard journal policy, following which authors will be invited to present their papers at a special issue conference. Interested authors should submit their papers in two PDF files: one with the name, affiliation, and contact information of the authors and one anonymous copy for blind review. Please follow JBE guideline: (http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/10551) for manuscript presentation and put "JBE 2013 China Special Issue Conference" as the subject heading of the submission email.

Papers are to be submitted to: Douglas Cumming, dcumming@schulich.yorku.ca

KEY DATES:
Submission Deadline: 1 November 2012
Authors will be notified by: 20 December 2012
Special Issue Conference: 67 April 2013 (Saturday and Sunday)
Revise and resubmit process begins: 30 June 2013
Notification of acceptance to Special Issue: December 2013

ABOUT JBE: The Journal of Business Ethics publishes original articles from a wide variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business that bring something new or unique to the discourse in their field. All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two anonymous referees. JBE is one of the top 45 journals used by the Financial Times in compiling the prestigious Business School research rank and is included in the Social Science Citation Index.

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Call for Papers: Law and Culture in Medieval/Early Modern Europe and Atlantic World 

The international peer reviewed journal International Studies on Law and Education published by the Universidade de São Paulo, the Universidade do Porto and the Editora Mandruvá of Brazil, requests submissions of previously unpublished articles that treat any aspect of the interrelationship between law and culture in Medieval/early modern Europe and the Atlantic world. Studies with a strong comparative and or interdisciplinary focus are encouraged.

Submissions and any questions should be directed to Prof. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda (enric.mallorqui.ruscalleda@gmail.com), coordinator of this volume. Although the language of preference is English, studies written in any romance language, as well as German, will be considered.

The deadline for submission is Nov. 30, 2012, and decisions regarding acceptance will be communicated no later than fifteen days later (along with necessary modifications, if applicable).

Contact Information:

Prof. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda
enric.mallorqui.ruscalleda@gmail.com

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Intellectual Property Workshop at IU – Indianapolis 

The Indiana University McKinney School of Law is pleased to announce this year’s Junior Faculty Workshop, on Intellectual Property Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Scheduled for December 7 and 8, 2012, this two-day Workshop offers a unique opportunity for untenured scholars to present their draft scholarship for in-depth critique and commentary by respected senior scholars in the field. The Workshop is perfectly timed for junior faculty participants to revise their articles in time for a spring submission for publication. Indiana University will cover both travel and lodging expenses for all participants.

Any untenured scholars interested in participating in this intensive workshop should submit a detailed abstract or the first several pages of their articles, along with a brief CV, to Nic Terry (npterry@iupui.edu) or Emily Michiko Morris (emmmorri@iupui.edu), by June 22, 2012. Works already in progress are ideal for this workshop and will be given preference. Topics for the workshop may focus on any of a range of intellectual property issues as they relate to the pharmaceutical industry, broadly defined. Acceptable topics may therefore include, but are not limited to, issues involving patent and regulatory exclusivity; patent linkage; the Hatch-Waxman Act; the BPCIA; TRIPs; the Bayh-Dole Act; the AIA; public-private collaborations; and more.

Applicants should also submit the names of established scholars in their area of scholarship who would be able to provide meaningful commentary on their drafts. Junior faculty applicants selected for the workshop must commit to producing complete drafts of their articles well ahead of the workshop (i.e., before Halloween), so that senior faculty participants may have time to review them. Selected participants will be notified by July 1, 2012.

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Call for Papers: The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement 

The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (OUP) Oxford University Press is delighted to announce the launch of a new competition law journal dedicated to antitrust enforcement. The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement forms a joint collaboration between OUP, the Oxford University Centre for Competition Law and Policy and the George Washington University Competition Law Center.

The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement will provide a platform for cutting edge scholarship relating to public and private competition law enforcement, both at the international and domestic levels.

The journal covers a wide range of enforcement related topics, including: public and private competition law enforcement, cooperation between competition agencies, the promotion of worldwide competition law enforcement, optimal design of enforcement policies, performance measurement, empirical analysis of enforcement policies, combination of functions in the mandate of the competition agency, competition agency governance, procedural fairness, competition enforcement and human rights, the role of the judiciary in competition enforcement, leniency, cartel prosecution, effective merger enforcement and the regulation of sectors.

Submission of papers: Original articles that advance the field are published following a peer and editorial review process. The editors welcome submission of papers on all subjects related to antitrust enforcement. Papers should range from 8,000 to 15,000 words (including footnotes) and should be prefaced by an abstract of less than 200 words.

Submission, by email, should be directed to the Managing Editor, Hugh Hollman at JAE_Editor@me.com.

Contact Information:

Ariel Ezrachi
ariel.ezrachi@law.ox.ac.uk

William Kovacic
wkovacic@law.gwu.edu

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/antitrust/

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Education, Equality, Fundamental Rights – AALS Meeting – New Orleans, LA 

The Section on Constitutional Law and the Section on Education Law will be holding a joint program at the January 2013 AALS annual meeting. The program topic is “Forty Years after Rodriguez, 35 Years after Bakke: Education, Equality and Fundamental Rights.” The program will be held on Friday, January 4, from 2:00-5:00pm.

Deadline Date for Submission: August 1, 2012

For more information and submission of abstracts, contact Professor Mark S. Scarberry, Pepperdine University School of Law, mark.scarberry AT pepperdine.edu.

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Insurance and Consumer Protection – AALS Meeting – New Orleans, LA 

The AALS Section on Insurance Law will hold a program on Insurance and Consumer Protection during the AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The program is scheduled for Sunday, January 6, 2013, from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM. The program will feature a panel of leading research on consumer protection and insurance markets. Panelists scheduled to participate include: Shawn Cole (Harvard Business School), Kyle Logue (University of Michigan Law School), and Lauren Willis (Loyola Law School Los Angeles). We are looking to add one additional panelist through this Call for Papers. The submission deadline is Sept. 4, 2012.

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6th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations 

6th Annual Conference on the
Political Economy of International Organizations
February 7-9, 2013, Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany


Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany, on February 7-9, 2013. The conference brings together economists and political scientists to address political-economy issues related to international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Union, and also other international organizations that have as yet received less attention in the academic literature.

Submission of Papers
Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. Please submit full papers to conference@peio.me. The deadline for submission is 30 September, 2012. Decisions will be made by 31 October, 2012. This year’s special issue of the Review of International Organizations will be focusing on The Political Economy of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, edited by Peter Egger (ETH Zurich) and Marcelo Olarreaga (University of Geneva). Please indicate in your submission to the conference whether you are interested in also submitting to the special issue.

Conference Format, Attendance, and Registration
The number of participants will be limited to about 70, which allows for in-depth discussion of each paper. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the entire conference. There is no registration or conference fee. Travel and accommodation are at the expense of participants.

Conference Venue: Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany. The closest international airport is Frankfurt (30 minutes).

Conference Website: http://www.peio.me/

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Academy of Business & Retail Management -- Call for Papers 

Authors are invited to submit their original research papers, case study, review, work in progress, reports, abstract, students’ papers or research proposals within the broad scope of each conferences. All papers should be personally proofread prior to submission. Author’s submission will be published in both the conference proceeding under The Business & Management Review (Printed copy) and online.

For further details about our conferences and our academic journals, please visit our website on www.abrmr.com or send us an email on editor@abrmr.com.

Conferences

Boston, MA. (USA)
Corporate Governance and Business Conference
CGBC: 19th – 20th July 2012. Click here for more information.

Las Vegas, NV. (USA)
International Conference on Business and Economic Development
ICBED: 23rd – 24th July 2012. Click here for more information.

London, U.K.
International Trade and Academic Research Conference
ITARC: 5th – 6th November 2012. Click here for more information.

New Delhi, India
International conference on the Restructuring of the Global Economy
ROGE: 04th-06th February 2013. Click here for more information.

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Culture, Community and Architecture Workshop: ‘The Architecture of Community’ 

Southampton Law School,
University of Southampton,
06 September, 2012

In our ordinary, everyday lives we travel in, through and around many places that may or may not appear particularly significant or important to us. Yet all of these places conceal and can reveal understandings of place whose meaning is created, constructed and contested. Institutional architecture, for example, whether legal, political or religious, combines and embodies two constitutive elements of architectural reality: it has instrumental use as a place for the public gathering or housing of a particular type of historic and living community; it also has symbolic value as a visual representation of a particular factual reality. It is a place where power is situated and represented. This full-day multidisciplinary workshop explores those complex relationships between culture, community and architecture that help define and organise our public space and how we use and experience that space.

Call For Papers

The workshop welcomes papers from a range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) law, politics, religion, architecture, philosophy, anthropology, ecology. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome, as are both practical and theoretical contributions.

Suggested topics might include but are not limited to the following ideas:

1. Spatiality and social identity

2. Space and place – public and private – inclusion and exclusion

3. Institutional architecture – the design and use of architectural space

4. The construction of meaning through signs, symbols and other modes of communication

5. Architecture of governmentality, power and control

6. Environmental architecture - architectural design and ecological systems

If you are interested in speaking on a panel please send your proposed title, together with an abstract (150–300 words), to E.Nottingham@soton.ac.uk by 13th July 2012. Graduate students, academic staff and career professionals are all invited to submit. All abstract proposals should include the following:

Paper Title
Title, First Name, Surname and Affiliation of all authors
100 - 150 words biography of all authors
E-mail address for corresponding author
150–300 word abstract of paper

It is intended that there will be three panels during the day with up to four speakers on each, which includes one keynote speaker per panel. All speakers can expect to talk for about 20 minutes each, followed by discussion from the floor.

For further information, please contact:
Dr James MacLean, Southampton Law School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Email: J.Maclean@soton.ac.uk

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Call for Papers 5th ESIL Biennial Conference: Interest Group Workshops 

5th ESIL Biennial Conference: Interest Group Workshops
13th September 2012, Valencia Spain

“Regionalism and Feminism: How regionalism impacts on women’s lives”


This is a call for papers for the interest group workshops that will take place on the morning of 13th September 2012 as part of the 5th ESIL Biennial Conference. The interest group on Feminism and International Law is organising a panel to consider the contribution feminist theory and methodology can make to questions raised by conference theme: regionalism and international law.
This meeting of the interest group on Feminism and International Law will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the impact of regionalism on women’s lives. In particular, participants will explore whether the fracture and fragmentation of international law is mirrored in the fragmentation of feminist thought. The question of whether a uniquely ‘European’ feminism exists – and the implications of this for women in Europe and beyond – is foremost in our minds. There will also be an opportunity in this session to look in depth at the meaning of regional legal institutions and tribunals, such as the European Court of Human Rights, to women’s lives.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words in English or French should be submitted directly to troy.lavers@le.ac.uk with the author’s title, contact information and organisational affiliation. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday 18th May 2012. We anticipate that scholars who contribute to the workshop maybe interested in publishing their papers jointly in a good quality peer reviewed journal, and publication plans will be discussed at the meeting.

Please note that is you wish to attend the meeting of the Feminism and International Law Interest Group you do not have to register for the full ESIL conference. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the panel for a discussion on future events of the interest group.

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