Challenges of International Environmental Law—Ljubljana, Slovenia 

The Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana is organizing the Second Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference, to be held June 5-6, 2014. The call for papers deadline is Sept. 5, 2013.

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

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Call for Proposals: Centaur Jurisprudence: The Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law – Montreal, Quebec 

The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism announces a call for proposals for the upcoming conference Centaur Jurisprudence: The Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law, which will be held February 21, 2014. “This one-day conference will explore the potential of legal pluralism to account for the varied and dynamic roles of culture within legal discourse.”

Deadline: July 15, 2013. Paper proposals must be between 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short resume. Please submit your documents to centaur.conference[@] Questions may be directed to Professor Rene Provost, rene.provost[@] im
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Call for Papers: The Midwestern Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting  

The Midwestern Law and Economics Association annual meeting will be October 11-12, 2013, at the University of Illinois College of Law.

For those who have not been to MLEA before, you need not be a midwesterner, nor an economist; the event consists of law professors and economists presenting papers with varying degrees of law and economics content, ranging from empirical analyses and formal economic modeling to legal philosophy and doctrinal papers infused with economic thinking. There is no membership or registration fee.

Deadline: To submit a presentation, email Robert Lawless at rlawless[@] with an abstract or paper by August 1, 2013.
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Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa – Cape Town, South Africa 

Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa – Cape Town, South Africa

The Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa and the 3rd Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest will be held December 9-13, 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa

The interwoven Open A.I.R. Conference and Global Congress events are designed to offer delegates distinct but complementary experiences. The first part of the week will expose participants to insights on IP and innovation in Africa, generated by the Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) Project…. The second half of the week will contextualise African approaches within the larger paradigms of global public interest IP, and build momentum towards sustainable, coordinated engagement with these crucial issues.
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Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop—East Lansing, MI 

Michigan State University College of Law‘s Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC) presents the 6th Annual Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property (JSIP) Workshop Oct. 4–5, 2013. Submissions are due July 31, 2013.

The JSIP Workshop offers a unique opportunity for junior scholars* writing in the areas of intellectual property, communications, and cyberlaw to receive detailed commentary on their work from established scholars in a focused workshop setting. Articles will be chosen through a blind-review selection process. Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs and commit to attend the entire Workshop. Hotel accommodation and meals will be provided by MSU Law.

Link to Call
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Intellectual Property Scholars Forum—Akron, OH 

You are cordially invited to the Seventh Annual IP Scholars Forum, sponsored by the University of Akron School of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property & Technology.

The Forum will be held at the law school on Friday, October 25, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Its purpose is to bring together a small group of prominent scholars for intensive, high-level discussions on cutting-edge issues of common interest.

This year’s field of discussion will be “Food and Intellectual Property.” Professor Jay Dratler, Jr., although retired, will return again to moderate the Forum.

We expect the discussion to be broad, as was the case last year in the field of IP and public health. Possible topics in this year’s broad field of discussion include: the patentability of food, the effects of patents on hunger and human rights, the exhaustion of self-replicating technologies under the Supreme Court’s decision in Monsanto v. Bowman, conflict between IP and culinary cultures, and alternatives to IP for promoting and protecting innovation in food. Less politically freighted topics include: copyright protection for recipes, copyright and trade dress protection for food presentation (such as the “foaming” techniques now in vogue in upscale restaurants), geographic indications for food and wine, and flavors as trademarks.

As usual, the only admission price is a short paper (10-15 pages, with minimal footnotes) on some Forum topic. If you attend, you should distribute your paper by e-mail about a month prior to the Forum. Papers will not be formally presented at the Forum. Instead, we will engage in free-flowing discussion based on the Forum topic and the papers submitted. For those who would like to do so, we will arrange for papers to be published in symposium format in our Akron IP Journal.

Last year’s white paper on IP and public health, in which Prof. Vacca summarized the Forum discussion, turned out to be a success. So we will produce another white paper this year. We will publish a summary of our discussion, both online and in print, in the Akron IP Journal.

We are unable to pay travel expenses. However, we will provide a reception and dinner on the evening before the Forum and a light breakfast and lunch on the day of the Forum.

If you wish, we can arrange recreational activities in the area, with such attractions as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cleveland Orchestra, or the Football or Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Although Northeast Ohio never provides a guarantee, we often have crisp, clear and bracing fall weather at that time of year.

Attendance will be limited to permit intimate discussion, so please respond soon. You may RSVP to Shannon Aupperle, at


Jeffrey M. Samuels
David L. Brennan Professor of Law
and Director, Center of Intellectual
Property Law and Technology

Jay Dratler, Jr.
Goodyear Professor Intellectual Property, Emeritus

Katharine Van Tassel
Professor of Law

A. Samuel Oddi
Giles Sutherland Rich Professor
in Intellectual Property

Ryan Vacca
Associate Professor of Law

Robert C. Kahrl
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence

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IPL 2013 : 4th Private Law Conference (IPL) 

Bangkok, Thailand
Nov 11, 2013 - Nov 15, 2013

The International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) invites you to participate in the 4th International Conference on Private Law (IPL). The Conference is an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants to come together, exchange ideas, and discuss emerging issues in private law. We invite contributions focusing on private law including but not limited to:

Employment and labour
Finance, corporate governance, banking and investment
Legislative and regulatory affairs
Intellectual property
Property ownership, and real estate
Family law
Contract law
Wills and estates
Conflict of law
Jurisdiction of the courts
Choice of law and recognition of foreign judgments
International judicial assistance
Jurisdiction and judgments
Competition Law
Commercial law and bankruptcy Offshore outsourcing
Communication law
Sales of goods
Product liability
Consumer protection and marketing
Environmental law
Human rights
Arbitration and ADR
Media, entertainment and communication law
Equity and trust
Sports law
Health and pharmaceutical law
Law and culture
Energy and gas law
Legal Theory
Judicial Assistance

The conference committee is seeking submissions of papers for oral presentations at the conference in three major categories:

- Academic, peer reviewed papers - these papers will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee and other independent reviewers (where necessary) and will be published in the edited conference proceedings with ISBN. All papers will also be published in several leading international journals. Case studies, abstracts of research in progress, as well as full research papers will be considered for the conference program for presentation purposes. However, only complete papers will be published in the proceedings. Previously published peer-reviewed papers will also be considered, provided the authors (s) are granted license from the publisher and publication information are noted in the article.

- Presentations based on a short abstract & non-academic papers - these papers will not be peer reviewed. These papers will be selected on merit by the program committee. This category covers corporate papers, best practices, new technologies, policy issues etc.

All accepted papers will also be published in leading international journals.
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ILTC 2013 : 7th International Conference on International Law and Trade Conference 

The Conference, organized by the International Association of IT Lawyers provides an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants from different backgrounds to dialogue on important issues relating to international law, trade, commerce, and information technology. We invite contributions on related topics, including but not limited to:

Financing and Money Laundering
WTO agreement and related matters
Environment, Sustainable Development and Trade
Foreign Investment
Globalization, National Identity and Free Trade
Transcending Cultural Barriers in Trade
Democracy and Trade
Illicit Transfers of Cultural Property
State Intervention in Trade
Tourism and Trade
Taxation, Business and Finance
Marketing law
Business and Finance
Media Law
Energy and gas law
Trade policy
Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments

The conference committee is seeking submissions of papers for oral presentations at the conference. Submission papers are classified into 2 categories:

- Full papers: These papers will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee and other independent reviewers (where necessary) and will be published under a non-exclusive copyright agreement in the conference proceedings . Previously published peer-reviewed papers will also be considered, provided the author (s) is granted license from the publisher and publication information are noted in the article.

- Short papers: Including case studies, research in progress, or industry practices, are also welcomed as a basis for oral presentation and comment.

All accepted papers will also be published in leading international journals.
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Legitimacy & Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals—Oslo, Norway 

PluriCourts, University of Oslo, presents The Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals Aug. 30-31 2014. “This conference seeks papers pursuing empirical, normative, comparative or theoretical approaches. We welcome contributions from law and social science, including philosophy, sociology, criminology, psychology and history.” Abstracts are due Nov. 1, 2013. Send to to Prof. Cecilia Marcela Bailliet (c.m.bailliet [at]
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Responsible Investment—Paris, France 

The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative holds the PRI Academic Network Conference Nov. 13-15, 2013, at the headquarters of Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) in Rue de Lille, Paris. The overall theme for the conference is Investing for Sustainable and Long-Term Returns. The call for papers is here. Full papers are due Aug. 31, 2013. Papers submitted for PRI-FIR prizes are due July 15, 2013.

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