Second Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference 

Second Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference
June 5-6, 2014


This is an opportunity for interdisciplinary academic debate among legal scholars and scientists from various disciplines addressing issues of environmental protection. The topics covered by the conference include, but are not limited to:

Climate Change
Air Pollution
Protection of Oceans
Access to Water
Sustainable Development
Human Rights and Environment
Protection of Environment in Armed Conflicts
Environment and Indigenous Peoples
Green Energy
Waste Management
International Trade and Environmental Protection

Abstracts for papers and posters must be no longer that 350 words in length and should be submitted by Thursday, September 5, 2013 through email to The submission must include the name and title of the author, position, name and address of the current institution of employment, and a short biography.

Successful applicants will be informed by October 5, 2012. The authors selected for paper presentation at the conference will be expected to submit completed papers with maximum 8,000 words in length (including footnotes and bibliography) by Saturday, March 1, 2014. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a conference book.

Travel and accommodation costs will have to be carried by the authors of the selected papers and poster presentations themselves. Please address any further enquiries to

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Electronic Governance — Seoul, Republic of Korea 

Paper submissions are now being accepted for the 7th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2013) to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 22–25, 2013. The conference is being organized by the National Information Society Agency, Republic of Korea, and the Center for Electronic Governance at the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology. The submission deadline is July 1, 2013.

Papers can be submitted to six specific and one emerging topics tracks:

Building Smart Government
Governing through Networks
Policy and Governance Innovations
Smart Governance for Smart Industries
Smart Governance for Smart Societies
Ethics, Transparency and Accountability
Emerging Topics

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Call for Papers: The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration  

Call for Papers
The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration
November 8, 2013
World Trade Institute (WTI) – University of Bern

***SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 15, 2013***

The World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern invites the submission of papers and abstracts for its conference entitled “The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration”. The conference will examine the development of the concept of the “State” in a field that currently presents an increasing number of controversial disputes: Investor-State Arbitration. However, it is often unclear whether we can attribute conduct to a State or determine its rights and responsibilities.

The essence of this system is something unusual in international law, as controversies between foreign investors and host States are allegedly insulated from political and diplomatic relations between States. In return for agreeing to independent international arbitration, the Host State is assured that the State of the investor’s nationality will not espouse the claim or intervene in a factual controversy and is theoretically relieved of the pressure of having its relations with the Home State compromised.

The Host State plays a dual role in these disputes: it is a party to the arbitration – usually the respondent – the entity that through governmental, legislative or even judicial activity has allegedly breached investor’s rights; and it is also a party to the treaty creating the cause of action for the investor, a kind of agreement that increasingly includes provisions on exceptions, interpretation or even dispute settlement, where another party – usually the Home State – could have a say.

As the use of Investor-State Arbitration has increased spectacularly in recent years, this dispute resolution mechanism has progressively come under more scrutiny. Critics of this regime often point out that it allows private arbitrators to decide the legality of sovereign acts or public policies and there are concerns about “forum shopping”, high costs, transparency and fairness to third parties, lack of predictability and consistency.

Understanding what a State is in this context should therefore be an important object of study, but most research has been focused on the rights of the investor rather than on the analysis of the different components of a State in order to examine the State’s attribution, rights and responsibilities. On the other hand, States do not always consider the possible effects of their actions or public policies under international law.

This conference seeks to discuss some questions about the State in the context of investorstate dispute settlement. What do we refer to when we talk about the “State”? Which entities constitute the “State”? Is every act of a public agency or instrumentality attributed to the “State”? What are the implications of the State’s consent to arbitration in investment treaties? What are the effects of its denunciation? Are States bound when the awards are assigned to a third-party? What is the standard of review of the State’s actions under international law vis-à- vis domestic law? Can we apply Investor-State arbitration when the foreign investor is another State?

The conference aims to answer these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective for a better understanding of intended or unintended effects of State actions. For that purpose the present call for papers is directed to legal practitioners and academics, as well as to economists and political scientists in order to analyse the many facets of State activity.

Potential topics for the conference include:

- State as a single unity or State as a set of institutions

- State Autonomy Theory and investment arbitration

- State-Owned Enterprises or State Agencies as foreign investors

- State attribution in investment disputes

- Effects of denunciation of investment treaties

- State-State Arbitration in investment disputes

- General exceptions in Investment treaties

- States as claimants in investment disputes

- International State responsibility and investment arbitration

- The role of the Home State in investment arbitration

Please submit papers proposals on substantial, original, and unpublished research related to all aspects of the role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration, including but not limited to the topics discussed above. In addition, we encourage submissions of interdisciplinary research including research in economics and political science.

The aim is to disseminate information and to stimulate constructive scientific discussion with legal researchers, economists, political scientists, diplomats and representatives of governmental institutions regarding the consequences of State activity and the role of the State in the light of recent developments in Investor-State Arbitration. Rather than following the format of a typical panel, the discussion group will be a less structured session that will allow both experts and participants to engage in a lightly moderated but productive conversation.

Abstract submissions must be between 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short resume. Please submit your documents to Shaheeza Lalani ( or Rodrigo Polanco ( Papers that are selected for the conference are expected to be published as part of an edited volume on the subject.

Scholars who have their abstracts accepted are expected to have a final draft submitted by October 15, 2013. Each paper submitted should be an original that has not been published in a prior work. Authors selected for presentation of their papers at the conference are expected to submit completed papers with a maximum close to 5,000 words in length (without considering footnotes).

This conference will be the first WTI Doctoral Programme Conference, and it will be jointly organised with the International Investment Initiative (I3 ) of the WTI.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 15, 2013
Notification of Acceptance of a Paper: August 15, 2013
Final Submission of an Accepted Paper: October 15, 2013
Conference Date: November 8, 2013

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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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