ETH Zurich
Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, New York University School of Law
Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre
US Patent & Trademark Office
University of East Anglia

We are seeking paper proposals from economics, management, and legal scholars for a one-and-a-half day workshop at the University of Oxford on December 7-8, 2012 on Empirical Studies of Trade Mark Data. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: “Are Trademarks a Complement to Patents?”; “Effects of Trade Mark Litigation”; “The Use of European Trade Marks by Small and Medium Size Enterprises”; “Examining Relative Grounds Examination”; “Trade Marks and Merchandising Incentives”; “What Trade Mark Renewal Reveals about Trade Mark Use”; and “A First Look into Comprehensive US trademark Case Files and Assignments Data, 1980-2010”.

The workshop is part of a broader project to support better scholarship in this embryonic area of research and lead to the publication of high quality and high impact studies. The project is so-sponsored by ETH Zurich, INNOTEC, the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, the OHIM Academy, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Interested authors are encouraged to submit a two‐page research proposal that includes an abstract of the intended paper, an outline of the methodologies to be used, and a brief statement about the current state of the research project. Proposals should be submitted by July 27, 2012, to Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 10, 2012. Our group would pay travel (standard fare) and accommodation for one author of each accepted paper to attend the workshop, and will also host a dinner for participants.

The Oxford workshop is intended to support the presentation by authors of preliminary work, and the authors attending to engage in collaborative and constructive commentary, with an aim toward mutual betterment of the preliminary work. The workshop will be attended not only by at least one author from each paper accepted into the project, but also by existing members of the group and a few leading scholars working in the area. We also expect representatives of WIPO, OHIM, the USPTO and the UK IPO to make presentations highlighting their recent work. USPTO trademark data is currently available at in XML and ASCII formats. During the summer of 2012, the USPTO is planning to release research datasets of the USPTO trademark casefiles and assignments in stata and CSV research-ready formats for use in doing empirical analysis.

Our hope is to convene a follow-up two-day public conference in Alexandria, Virginia at USPTO headquarters in the late Spring or Summer of 2013, though planning for that second event is still ongoing.

Please direct any questions to Georg von Graevenitz ( or Graeme Dinwoodie (

Stefan Bechtold (Associate Professor of Intellectual Property, ETH Zurich)
Barton Beebe (Professor of Law, New York University School of Law)
Graeme Dinwoodie (Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Oxford)
Stuart Graham (Chief Economist, USPTO, U.S. Department of Commerce)
Georg von Graevenitz (Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management, University of East Anglia)

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The Human Rights Centre of Ghent University is seeking original proposals for research papers that will result in a peer-reviewed book on the Inter-American Court and its 35 years of existence, which will be presented and the topics of which will be the subject of discussion on an international conference on the same topic, to be organised by the Human Rights Centre. With this book and the ensuing conference, where a selected number of authors will be invited to speak, we seek to take stock of the state of the art of the Court’s potentialities and weaknesses, to reveal how and why the Court’s case law, advisory opinions, and orders remain an area of academic and pedagogical interest, and to contribute to the process of discussion on the strengthening of the Inter-American System that has been taking place in the past years, and resulted in, inter alia, the reform of the Court’s Rules of Procedure.

The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is 15 November 2012.

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“Harmonization of the Law: the Hague Conference, Unidroit and UNCITRAL” Call for Papers 

Regional Conference
“Harmonization of the Law: the Hague Conference, Unidroit and UNCITRAL”
Call for Papers
September 10-11, 2012
Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon

By bridging the gap between legal families (common law, civil law, Islamic law), and giving recognition to their common principles in international law and practice, harmonization of the law facilitates international transactions and becomes an important vehicle to removing obstacles in international trade, resolving disputes and reconciling differences among different legal systems. There are three inter-governmental organizations that work toward achieving this objective, namely the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Unidroit and UNCITRAL. Their work includes drafting conventions, model laws, general principles and basic guidelines in the areas of private law, international trade law and private international law.

Conference overview: On Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11, 2012 The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will organize a regional conference titled “Harmonization of the Law: the Hague Conference, Unidroit, and UNCITRAL ” in cooperation with the three organizations and the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference will examine approaches to harmonization of the law utilized by the Hague Conference, Unidroit and UNCITRAL. Issues addressed will include, among others, the place of Islamic law in the legal family, Islamic law as a source of international principles of the law, reservations made by Muslim countries to international conventions, the merging of common law and civil law principles in the areas of contract law and secured transactions law, human rights and business law, human rights and contract law, international trade law and the rule of law, incorporating the human rights perspective in standard-setting in private international law, the effects of improvements in international trade law on human rights, model laws as effective means of harmonization of the law, and related topics.

Terms and Conditions: Members of the academia and experts in private law, private international law and international trade law from all countries of the world are invited to submit papers addressing methods and topics of harmonization of the law. A 1-page abstract must be submitted by Friday, June 15, 2012 at 5pm EST. The authors of the selected abstracts will be notified by Friday, June 22, 2012 and requested to submit a full paper by Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5pm EST. Abstracts and papers, together with a detailed CV and a copy of the passport should be submitted by email to Ms. Elaine Panter at Successful candidates will be notified via email by Friday, August 3, 2012 and invited to participate in the conference in Beirut on September 10-11, 2012. The papers will be published in a volume dedicated to the harmonization of the law.

Expenses and visa: Travel and lodging expenses will be covered by The Protection Project. Conference participants will be responsible for obtaining the entry visa into Lebanon and covering the visa expenses.

Contact Information: For further information, please contact Ms. Elaine Panter, Director of Programs and Planning, The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at or by phone at +1 202 663 5894.

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5-6 DECEMBER 2012

The Beirut Arab University (BAU) and The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (TPP) are pleased to invite scholars and professionals to submit proposals for the first regional annual conference on, “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Arab World” which will take place on December 5-6, 2012 at the main campus of Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Lebanon.

The conference will bring together business representatives, law professors, and representatives from NGOs and other elements of civil society to discuss a broad array of topics related to corporate social responsibility, specifically in the 22 countries members of the League of Arab States. BAU and TPP welcome paper submissions from all disciplines on topics including but not limited to:
• Global Governance and Corporate Liability: The Crisis of Multinational Enterprises;
• Self-Regulations, Codes of Conduct and Voluntary Compliance
• Recognition and Enforcement of Internationally Recognized Labor Rights: Reconciling the Interests of Management and Workers
• The Role of Governments in Business: Regulatory Rules of Foreign Direct Investment, Privatization and Free and Fair Competition
• The Role of NGOs and other Elements of Civil Society in Fighting Corporate Greed and Combating Corruption
• Illicit Business Practices: Child Labor, Forced Labor and Labor Trafficking
• The John Ruggie Model of “Protect, Respect and Remedy”: Human Rights and the Social Responsibility of Business
• The Future of CSR and Responsible Investment

Please submit paper abstracts (300 – 500 worlds) and author biographies electronically to Ms. Elaine Panter, Director of Programs and Planning at The Protection Project (, by October 15, 2012. Papers may be submitted in English, Arabic and French.

Authors selected to present will be notified no later than October 31, 2012, and their works will be published in the annual Law Review of the Alexandria University Faculty of Law. Completed papers must be submitted for publication by November 30, 2012, and should be between 5,000 – 7,000 words, excluding notes and bibliography.

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The Alexandria University Faculty of Law and The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies are pleased to invite scholars and professionals to submit proposals for the fifth annual conference titled “Access to Justice,” which will take place on December 19-20, 2012 at the Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt.

The conference will bring together professors of law, religion, and social sciences and representatives from NGOs and other elements of civil society to discuss a broad array of topics related to access to justice. AUFL welcomes paper submissions from all disciplines on topics including but not limited to:
• Transitional Justice and the Reconciliation Committees
• Civil Society and Protection of Victims of Human Rights Abuses
• Right to Remedies
• International Justice and the World Trade Organization
• Individual Complaints to United Nations Committees
• Access to Justice in the Arab Charter of Human Rights
• Gender Equality in Access to Justice
• Right to Legal Aid
• Law Clinics
• Pro Bono Work, Volunteering
• International Criminal Court
• Access to Justice in the National Court System
• Access to Justice in Suing Corporations
• Access to Justice in Suing the State (Sovereign Immunity)
• European Court of Human Rights
• African Court of Justice and Human Rights
• International Court of Justice
• Class Actions
• Islamic Hesba Law
• The Traditional Justice System
• Justice Delayed as Justice Denied
• Statute of Limitations

Please submit paper abstracts (300-500 words) and author biographies electronically by August 13, 2012. You will be notified if you have been selected to submit a full paper within two weeks (August 27). Full papers should be between 5,000-7,000 words, excluding notes and bibliography and must be submitted by September 24, 2012.

Authors selected to present will be notified no later than October 8, 2012. Their works will be published in the annual Law Review of the Alexandria University Faculty of Law. Abstracts and papers may be submitted in English, Arabic, or French and must be sent by email to Ms. Julia Braunmiller, Director of Legal Affairs at The Protection Project (

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Biltmore Hotel
Miami, Florida
January 24-25, 2013

The first half of the Winter Forum will showcase two works-in-progress, encompassing presentations by authors, commentary by internationally recognized academics and practitioners, and interactive discussion among all participants. Our objective is to integrate the unique insights of academics and practitioners, encourage cross-collaboration, and promote the evolution of international arbitration during a time of global transition. After a conversation over lunch with renowned authority Gary Born, chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group of WilmerHale, the Winter Forum will feature a Tylney-Hall-style discussion forum, before concluding with a select year-in-review of noteworthy events in international arbitration.

Possible Topics for Works-In-Progress:
With this backdrop, we now initiate a call for works-in-progress. Keeping in mind ITA’s stated objective to provide “leading educational and professional activities for legal counsel, arbitrators, business executives, government officials, academics and other professionals through programs that examine, critique and seek to improve the practice and study of international arbitration and provide opportunities to enhance the arbitration community,” we encourage authors to consider a broad variety of topics. Possible topics might include exploration of:

* Emerging issues of substantive law in international commercial arbitration or international investment law;

* Consideration of procedural issues, including issues related to arbitrator selection and challenge, evidentiary considerations, preliminary measures, concurrent proceedings, and enforcement and review;

* The relationship between international commercial arbitration and investment law, as well as between these two pillars and other branches of law, such as intellectual property and environmental law;

* The recent jurisprudence of national courts related to international arbitration, either domestic or comparative, and the implications for basic concepts of jurisdiction, arbitrator competence and independence;

* Innovative research methodologies for the exploration and consideration of international arbitration and transnational dispute resolution;

* The interactions among arbitrators, scholars, practitioners, government officials and civil society groups active in international arbitration; and

* The consideration of international arbitration’s commercial impact, including implications of cost, the net value of arbitration and the opportunities to build sustainable dispute resolution into international business and investment.

We encourage the submission of works-in-progress from both scholars and practitioners, whether established or emerging. The Winter Forum seeks to integrate the diacritical insights and perspectives of both academics and practitioners across all levels – with distinction being the common criterion – as reflected by the rich offerings of the chosen works-in-progress of the first Winter Forum by The Honorable Charles N. Brower & Charles B. Rosenberg, The Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal; Irene M. Ten Cate, Visiting Assistant Professor, Marquette University Law School; and Charles C. Correll, Jr. & Ryan J. Szczepanik, King & Spalding LLP, San Francisco.
Paper Submission and Selection

All proposals must be submitted by September 1, 2012, via email to in accordance with the following conventions. First, proposals should be made in a Word document that is no longer than 1,000 words. Second, your cover email should indicate your affiliated institution, your contact details and whether your paper has been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. In evaluating proposals, please note that priority will be given to unpublished papers and works-in-progress. Every paper proposal will be reviewed on a blind basis by at least two members of the Selection Committee (identified below).

We anticipate announcing the selected papers by October 1, 2012. Authors selected for the Winter Forum must be prepared to circulate a substantially complete draft of their paper no later than December 20, 2012.

Paper Publication
Papers and commentary from previous scholarly events from the Academic Council have been published in the World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR). While not required, there will be an opportunity to publish final versions of the works-in-progress selected for the Winter Forum in WAMR as well.

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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 by July 13, 2012. Drafts for final papers for the conference should be approximately 5000 words.

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

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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

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.

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.

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


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 by 1 October 2012.

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