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CALL FOR PAPERS Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance 

Deadline: September 15, 2012

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of scholarship covering the broad area of surveillance studies. Surveillance, or the ability to engage in what David Lyon (2003) calls ‘social sorting’, is understood by social scientists to be key to neoliberal governance, in large part because of its capacity to reconfigure both public space and forms of citizenship. And yet, to date, very little scholarly work systematically considers the gendered dimensions of, and experiences with, surveillance. The little research that does exist indicates the need for more in-depth study. This edited collection seeks to engage with contemporary studies on surveillance by expanding the gaze to include a critical analysis of gender and public space.

The aim of the collection is to capture a wide range of gendered experiences, identities, and subjectivities, including, but not limited to, those of ‘women’. By public space we are referring to those places to which the public has reasonable expectations of access. This space might be privately owned, public space, or a hybrid; it may be physical (e.g. shopping malls, city streets) or virtual (e.g. public on-line profiles and social media platforms). Surveillance itself may be technological (e.g. CCTV) or informal (e.g. ‘eyes on the street’). The key uniting theme of ‘Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance’ is the ways that the dimensions of gender, public space, and surveillance interact to produce particular configurations that have yet to be fully explored.

This call for papers seeks innovative feminist and/or intersectional scholarship for an interdisciplinary edited collection of original works. We welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines, including: communication studies, criminology, geography, law, sexuality studies, socio-legal studies, sociology, and/or women’s and gender studies. Papers may be theoretical or empirical in nature.

Topics may include (but are not limited to)

- Surveillance, bodies, and forms of citizenship
- Sexuality/ies and surveillance
- Masculinity/ies and surveillance
- Gendered resistance to surveillance
- Gender and urban CCTV
- Surveillance and the intersectionality of gender, race, and class
- Media/cinematic representations of surveillance
- Relationships between the watchers and being watched

Abstract submission:

Interested contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and 200 word
bio to genderedlens@gmail.com no later than September 15, 2012.

Those invited to contribute to the collection will be notified in October 2012 and full papers will be due in April 2013.

Please direct questions to collection editor:

Emily van der Meulen,
evandermeulen@ryerson.ca
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

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2013 Charities Regulation Policy Conference: 

“The Future of State Charities Regulation”

February 7 & 8, 2013

Columbia Law School, New York City


The Charities Regulation and Oversight Project of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School will host the 2013 Charities Regulation Policy Conference: “The Future of State Charities Regulation and Enforcement”, to be held on February 7th & 8th, 2013, at Columbia Law School in New York City. The 2013 conference will be the third major policy conference at Columbia Law School devoted to issues regarding state regulation, oversight and enforcement of the charitable and nonprofit sector. Developed in partnership with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, the conference will address the complex issues surrounding the current status, and the future trajectory of, state regulation of the charitable sector.

The 2013 conference is intended to promote dialogue among regulators, leaders from the sector, practitioners and academics regarding challenges confronting state regulation of the sector and to develop proposals for improvement.

Anticipated topics include the state/federal relationship; structure and funding of state charities officials; the fundamental role of states in governance issues; challenges and interest of the states in social mission/hybrid corporate organizations; the role of states in nonprofit healthcare; changing landscape of state-based charitable solicitation; jurisdiction over religious organizations; interstate and international jurisdiction; emerging issues surrounding advocacy and political activity by the sector. The Charities Project seeks a diverse range of perspectives for the conference; paper submissions are encouraged from practitioners, regulators, leaders from the sector itself and academics. Proposal abstracts, no more than one page in length, should be sent to charities@law.columbia.edu by July 13, 2012. Drafts for final papers for the conference should be approximately 5000 words.

Please contact Frances Laviscount Program Coordinator, at flavis@law.columbia.edu or 212-851-1061 with any questions regarding the conference or paper submissions.

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Call for Submissions: Special Issue of the International Community Law Review  

Call for Submissions: Reservations to Treaties

The editors of the International Community Law Review are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the journal on ‘Reservations to International Treaties’.

The International Community Law Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal, published quarterly by Brill/Nijhoff. The journal addresses all aspects of international law and the international community, and aims to explore the implications of various traditions of international law and how the international community uses and adapts international law to deal with new and emerging challenges.

Submissions are invited for the special issue on all aspects of the topic, particularly those commenting on the International Law Commission’s 2011 Guide to Practice on Reservations to Treaties, and the report of Special Rapporteur Mr Alan Pellet. Areas of interest may include:

The effect of impermissible reservations

Temporal limitations on the lodging of objections to impermissible reservations

The impact of interpretive declarations

Reservations to human rights treaties

All those with an interest in the subject are invited to contribute articles for publication in the special issue. Proposals for papers should be should be no more than 15000 words, and be submitted to the editors here by 31st January 2013. Publication is expected in the third quarter of 2013.

For further information please contact Sarah Singer at iclr.managing.editor@gmail.com

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Sustainable Development and International Investment Law: Bridging the Divide 

We have seen a significant increase over the past decade in the number of investment treaties and treaty-based disputes, each contributing to the vast and evolving international investment regime, and each with important implications for sustainable development.

The proliferation of treaties stems from host states wanting to attract foreign investment and all of its potential associated benefits for development (i.e. job creation, broader tax base,
improvement in infrastructure, technology and skill transfer etc.); the assumption has been that the investor protections afforded in these treaties will facilitate the flow of investment and the
associated benefits. However, the rapid growth in the number of treaty-based claims filed by investors reflects investors’ increased willingness to safeguard their investments from any
adverse state conduct. In addition to cases based on states’ wrongful conduct, a wide variety of domestic measures relevant to sustainable development, such as legitimate fiscal and industrial
policy, environmental protection, and access to essential services, have also been challenged under the agreements. Such claims by investors, whether successful or not, can cause a state to
think twice before adopting legitimate regulations, suggesting that treaties may in fact impede states’ policy space to promote sustainable development domestically. Investment treaties,
therefore, can be seen to represent both a tool and a challenge for sustainable development.

The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC) is issuing this call for papers to explore how to “bridge the divide” between achieving necessary protections of foreign investors while promoting the sustainable development of the host state. In this regard, the call for papers aims to foster analysis and ongoing discussion on ways in which sustainable development norms (broadly defined) can and/or do manifest themselves in international investment law. Topics that might be addressed by submissions include:
• An assessment of the investment treaty standards in relation to sustainable development
• The application of international law generally to investment disputes, and its implications
for sustainable development
• Different approaches to investment treaty drafting to accommodate and further sustainable development
• Treaty interpretation techniques which encourage integration of norms related to sustainable development (including, but not limited to Article 31(3) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties)
• Standards of review in investment law
• A comparative analysis of investment law with other legal regimes that face similar issues relating to sustainable development (e.g. trade, human rights)
• The application of stabilization clauses in investment law
• Approaches to determining jurisdiction and admissibility of claims as they relate to the sustainable development
• Legal mechanisms for creating more sustainable partnerships between foreign investors and host states

Submissions are also welcomed on other topics not addressed above, but that otherwise relate to the theme of the call for papers.
Papers submitted will be considered for publication in the Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy. Those interested in making a submission should submit an abstract no longer than
500 words. Finished papers and drafts are also welcome.
Abstracts should be emailed to Rahim Moloo, Senior Research Fellow, VCC (rahim.moloo@nyu.edu), and Lise Johnson, Lead Investment Law & Policy Researcher, VCC (lisejjohnson@gmail.com) by August 15, 2012. Finished papers will be due by October 31, 2012.

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Transnational Dispute Management -- Call for papers "Corruption and Arbitration" 

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming TDM special issue on "Corruption and Arbitration."

Edited by Prof. Dr. Richard Kreindler (Shearman & Sterling LLP) and Carolyn B. Lamm (White & Case LLP) this special issue will analyze new trends, developments, and challenges respecting the intersection between on the one hand allegations, suspicions or findings of corruption and on the other hand decisions by arbitral tribunals regarding jurisdiction, admissibility and the merits of commercial and investment disputes.

It has been some 40 years since an acute focus was placed, perhaps for the first time, on how an arbitral tribunal can, should or must conduct itself in the face of suspected or manifest illegality of the parties. The award in ICC Case No. 1110 (1963), rendered by Gunnar Lagergren, cast a sharp focus on issues of arbitration, including competence-competence and severability of the arbitration agreement, in the face of a suspected or manifestly illegal contract.

Against this background, the Special Issue intends to identify, critique and reconcile the different strands where possible and desirable, both from the arbitrator's and the party's perspective. The potential scope of the subject is indeed vast and possible topics for submission might include:

How can, should or must an arbitral tribunal act in the face of suspected corruption in a contract or an investment underlying the parties' dispute? How should a tribunal act in the face of corruption which is admitted or otherwise manifest?

Should the nature of the would-be illegality make a difference to the tribunal's assessment of its own jurisdiction? Of the separability of the agreement to arbitrate? Of arbitrability?

When should the issue of jurisdiction hinge on whether the corrupt act arguably tainted the contract or investment ab initio, as opposed to an illegality arising or becoming apparent only in the course of later performance?

Given suspected or manifest corruption, which standards of substantive law should apply as to whether and how to proceed respecting jurisdiction, admissibility, separability, arbitrability and the merits of the dispute? How should tribunals address differences in national law respecting the activities of agents, intermediaries and lobbyists? How should they reconcile national law with possibly competing "transnational public policy" or "international public policy"?

What challenges exist in terms of attribution of corrupt actions or knowledge of such actions to a state party in commercial arbitration, in investment arbitration, including in the context of the 2001 ILA Draft Articles on Responsibility of States?

How should burden of persuasion, burden of proof and the standard of proof be approached when faced with allegations or suspicions of corruption? What standard or standards should apply when and why? -- Can the rights and duties of the arbitrator to investigate corruption, including on his or her own initiative, be meaningfully identified? What about when such action collides or might collide with investigative efforts already undertaken or which might still be undertaken by national criminal authorities?

What justifications, excuses and defenses may exist to estop a party from invoking corruption on the part of the other party? What of the "unclean hands" doctrine and similar approaches?

What should be the legal consequences of a finding of corruption in commercial arbitration, in investment arbitration? When is it a question of jurisdiction, when of admissibility and when of the merits?

At the enforcement stage, what tensions may exist, where corruption has been alleged or proven, between the (un)enforceability of an arbitral award at the seat and the (un)enforceability of the same award in a foreign court? What limits should apply to de novo review by the foreign reviewing court?

What tools do arbitrators have, or not have, to investigate allegations of corruption, particularly when third parties may be involved?

Publication is expected in January 2013. Proposals for papers should be submitted to the editors by July 31, 2012.

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CALL FOR PAPERS Media, Communication Publics 2013 Conference of the CMCL 

The University of Melbourne Law School

25-26 February 2013


Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words including keywords and a biography of 100 words to law-cmcl@unimelb.edu.au

Call for papers closes 14th September 2012

Papers are now invited from researchers in law, media studies and related fields to this international conference.

Topics could include:
- Broadband futures
- Content creation, use and re-use - Copyright law, technology and control
- Data and surveillance
- Defamation and public debate
- Digital publics
- Journalism and popular media
- Media access
- Media futures
- Media representations of law
- Networks and social networking
- Privacy and publicity
- Public knowledge
- Public media
- Reporting courts
- Technology and rights
- Trade marks and speech
- User-generated content

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HT Symposium 2012 : Combating Human Trafficking Symposium 2012 

When Sep 25, 2012 - Sep 26, 2012
Where Bandung, Indonesia
Submission Deadline Aug 30, 2012
Notification Due Sep 5, 2012
Final Version Due Sep 15, 2012


Call For Papers
Data are reported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the anti-trafficking-Non Governmental Organization (NGO) estimated 43% - 50% or about 3 - 4.5 million Indonesian workers are victims of human trafficking, 90% of whom were women and 56% are exploited in domestic work. Data issued by the IOM in 2010 are also mentioned as much as 82% of trafficked abroad and 18% in Indonesia. UNICEF ​​estimates that 100 thousand women and children - children are trafficked annually for commercial sexual exploitation in Indonesia and abroad, as much as 30% of female prostitutes in Indonesia are under 18 years and 40 thousand to 70 thousand children - children are victims of sexual exploitation.
Activities that have been made among other are Problems Mapping Workshop Crime of Trafficking in Persons (TPPO) through education. This workshop was held by Research Center for Gender and Child Development Research Institute and Community Services (LPPM) Padjadjaran University (Unpad) Bandung. The workshop revealed that 99% of trafficking victims are women. Data from the National Project Coordinator Unit Labor Counter IOM Indonesia trafficking revealed that most cases of trafficking from West Java. With small-scale activities and the absence of relevant parties, we have not been able to combat human trafficking in Indonesia. In addition, given the problems of human trafficking has become a culture in Indonesia, it takes continuous effort and cooperation of all elements.

Based on the above background, Padjadajaran University, Faculty of Communication Science in collaboration with Monash University in Australia and the West Java Provincial Government will conduct activities in the form of an International Symposium on Combating Human Trafficking with the theme.

Onjectives
The purpose of the International Symposium is to:
A. Build public awareness in the fight against human trafficking;
2. Provide a comprehensive understanding to the public in the fight against human trafficking;
3. Bring together academics, practitioners, bureaucrats, media practitioners, and relevant stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking;
4. Build a shared commitment among governments and relevant stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking.

Topic:
1. The Role of Government in Combating Human Trafficking
2. Mass Media and New Media in Human Trafficking
3. The Role of NGO in Combating Human Trafficking
4. Criminology in Human Trafficking
5. Communication Campaigns in Combating Human Trafficking
6. Regulation and Politics on Human Trafficking
7. Sociocultural, Economic and Human Trafficking
8. Gender Issues and Human Trafficking
9. Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Human Trafficking Victims
10. Civic Education and Human Trafficking, and other relevant topics.

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The 2013 UK IVR Annual Conference -- Legal Theory and Legal History: A Neglected Dialogue? 

12 April 2013 - 13 April 2013
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Law building, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End


Overview

Apart from some notable exceptions, much of contemporary legal theory is uninformed by history, including legal history. This is deeply regrettable, for legal theories may be vastly improved by being informed, and perhaps more importantly, challenged by historical contexts. Theories of law, one might say, are better if they are forged at the coal-face of historical research. Similarly, one could argue that legal histories are better when they draw on, and themselves contribute to, the conceptual resources of legal theory.

Somewhat more radically, if one agrees law does not have a nature, but a culture, then one must account for how the culture of law changes, and has changed, over time. This, by necessity, demands a historically-informed methodology. Similarly, the problem of change is an unavoidable one in legal theory, whether that be change in legal regimes or changes in certain areas of the law – here, again, the resources of history, including the philosophy of history, are invaluable. Putting things a little more colourfully, one could say that legal ideas cannot but be understood historically.

Further, legal theory has, of course, its own history: legal theories are not disconnected islands, but rather interventions in a long series of dialogues and polylogues amongst theorists. As many have observed, and described, legal theory’s history needs to be informed not only by such dialogues and polylogues amongst theorists, but also by awareness of the theorist’s immersion in political, economic and other conditions of his or her time and place – there, once more, a serious engagement with history is important.

This conference - the annual conference of the UK Branch of the IVR - is designed to bring together legal theorists and legal historians (including historians of legal theory and political thought) in an attempt to facilitate and encourage dialogue between the two disciplines.
Call for Papers

A call for papers is issued for the open paper sessions. A group of selectors from the Legal Theory and Legal History Group at Queen Mary will select papers based on abstracts. Abstracts are to be no longer than one A4 page, and should include the name and affiliation of the author(s).

Strong preference will be given to papers related to the theme, broadly construed. However, papers may be submitted on any aspect of legal and social philosophy.

Abstracts should be emailed to m.delmar@qmul.ac.uk by 1 October 2012.

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IADIS International Conference  

Call for Papers

The IADIS e-Commerce 2012 conference is a major international event for researchers, academics, industry specialists, practitioners &
students interested in the advances in, and applications of, e-Commerce. The participants will have an opportunity to present and observe the latest research results, and ideas in these areas. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as non-technological issues related to this new business paradigm.

The Conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to e-Commerce. Proposals which address the theory, research and applications as well as describe innovative projects are encouraged. All papers submitted to this conference will be peer reviewed by at least two members of the International Program Committee.

Acceptance will be based primarily on originality, significance and quality of contribution.

Topics for this conference include, but are not limited to:

Commerce Technology

- e-Business Applications and Software

- Barriers to e-Business Adoption

- Cryptography for enabling e-Commerce

Global e-Commerce

- e-Commerce in developing countries

- Global e-Commerce

- Infrastructure for e-Commerce

Online Management

- Knowledge Management

- Managing Innovation

- Marketing on the Web

- e-Commerce Strategy & Implementation

- Economics of e-Commerce

- Internet payment systems

Online Business Models

- e-Logistics

- e-Government

- e-Procurement

- e-Services

- Business-oriented e-Commerce

- Consumer-oriented e-Commerce

- Web advertising and Web Publishing

- Retailing in e-Commerce (e-Tailing)

- Mobile Commerce

- Supply Chain Management & e-Fulfilment

- e-Communities

- Multimedia and Webcasting on the Web

- Other e-Commerce Models and Applications

Regulatory/Policy Issues

- Social Issues in e-Commerce

- The Regulatory Environment of e-Commerce

- Trust & Security Issues in e-Commerce


The Conference will be composed of several types of contributions:

Full Papers – These include mainly accomplished research results and have 8 pages at the maximum (5,000 words).

Short Papers – These are mostly composed of work in progress reports or fresh developments and have 4 pages at maximum
(2,500 words).

Reflection Papers – These might review recent research literature pertaining to a particular problem or approach, indicate what the findings suggest, and/or provide a suggestion - with rationale and justification - for a different approach or perspective on that problem. Reflection papers might also analyze general trends or discuss important issues in topics related to the conference. These have 4 pages at maximum (2,500 words).

Posters / Demonstrations – These contain implementation information or work-in-progress and have two pages at maximum(1,250 words) besides the poster itself (or demonstration) that will be exposed at the conference.

Tutorials – Tutorials can be proposed by scholars or company representatives. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.

Invited Talks – These will be made of contributions from well-known scholars and company representatives. An abstract will be
included in the conference proceedings.

Panels – Discussions on selected topics will be held. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.

Doctoral Consortium - A Doctoral Consortium will discuss in group, individual projects and on going work of PhD students.
Prospective students should send a report of their PhD projects and work so far with a maximum of 4 pages (2,500 words).

Corporate Showcases & Exhibitions – The former enables companies to present recent developments and applications, inform a
large and qualified audience of your future directions and showcase company’s noteworthy products and services. There will be a time slot for companies to make their presentation in a room. The latter enables companies the opportunity to display its latest offerings of hardware, software, tools, services and books, through an exhibit booth. For further details please contact the publicity chair - secretariat@mccsis.org.

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The International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government-Asia 2012 

The International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government-Asia 2012
(CeDEM-Asia-2012) is a forum that aims to bring together academics, researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social and mobile media in the future of governance in Asia and elsewhere. CeDEMAsia-
2012 will be held on November 14-15 in Singapore.

Call for Papers
New means of interacting with government and political institutions are causing significant shifts in political and social life. The emerging social and mobile media practices, including content generation, collaboration, and network organization, are changing our understanding of governance and politics. While the changes are already widely debated in mature, developed democracies, there is an even greater need to address them in the context of rapidly developing Asian societies. Following five successful conferences at the Danube University of Krems, CeDEM is looking to open a
new forum in Asia for the exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of e-democracy and open government. This year, CeDEM is pleased to be working with the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) as its conference organizer and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as its main partner. CeDEM-Asia-2012 seeks to critically analyze present and future developments in field, with a special focus on the following themes:

Social media to engage citizens, smart & mobile democracy, sustainability of eparticipation

Mobilization via social media, networks vs. traditional party-structure, online
campaigning

Communication technologies and their use for governmental transformation

Open data initiatives, transparency, participation and collaboration in government

Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government

Information provision, mobile devices, service delivery via new communication
channels

Online communities, innovation, bottom-up vs. top-down

Network effects, power laws, long tail, social web

Conference Chairs
Nojin Kwak (University of Michigan, USA)
Peter Parycek (Danube University Krems, Austria)
Marko M. Skoric (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Contact
Peter Parycek: Peter.Parycek@donau-uni.ac.at
Marko M. Skoric: marko@ntu.edu.sg

Submission Guidelines
The submission portal will be open mid June 2012: www.cedem-conference.org/CeDEMasia2012

Research papers, case studies and policy papers should be 12 pages maximum and will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Reflection papers should 6 pages maximum and will be selected by the chairs.

Workshop proposals should be no more than 2 pages and will be selected by the chairs.
Publications

The conference proceedings will be published (ISBN) and made available online under the Creative Commons License. A selection of best research papers and case studies of CeDEMAsia-
2012 will be published with the open access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (www.jedem.org).

Important Dates
Submission deadline for full papers and workshop proposals: 15 July 2012
Notification of acceptance: 24 September 2012
Camera-ready paper submission: 15 October 2012
Conference dates & location: 14-15 November 2012, Singapore

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