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Call For Papers and Proposals Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth Research Roundtable and edited book on Technology Standards and Innovation 

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - Friday February 8, 2013, Chicago, IL

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers and proposals to be presented at a Research Roundtable Conference on Technology Standards and Innovation. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL on Thursday, February 7, 2013 and Friday February 8, 2013.

OVERVIEW: The papers will be published in an edited volume and cannot be submitted elsewhere for publication. There will be time after the conference to prepare completed drafts of the papers before publication. The conference will obtain a publisher after the book is completed.

At this stage, research proposals and preliminary versions of papers are sufficient. If a proposal is accepted for the conference and volume, the authors will receive an honorarium of $8,000 for the completed paper. Additional details will be provided upon submission. We are seeking both empirical and theoretical work in economics.

The conference and edited volume are being organized by Daniel F. Spulber (Northwestern University).

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern's own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

This conference will be an important component of the Searle Center's expanded innovation focus. Conference participants will explore the connections between IP, invention, and innovation through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. The Searle Center has received support from Qualcomm and other companies and institutions.

THEME AND TOPICS: The theme of the conference is on market-based approaches to standard setting. The conference will explore the economic benefits and costs of intellectual property (IP) protections in the context of standards. The conference will focus on the positive economics of incentives for invention and incentives for innovation and commercialization rather than the more standard normative economics calling for regulation of technology transfer contracts. The conference will focus on generating new and original scholarship in the following areas.
- Benefits and costs of technology standards in a market equilibrium setting
- Market coordination of technology adoption by inventors, innovators, investors, consumers
- Coordination by market participants through Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs)
- Implications of technology standards for invention incentives
- Implications of technology standards for innovation (commercialization of technology)
- Implications of technology standards for investment in application and development of technology
- Technology standards and antitrust policy
- Technology standards, licensing, and patents

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Proposals and papers for the conference should be submitted to Susie Caruso at the following email address: editjems@kellogg.northwestern.edu

REVIEW PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE: Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Proposals for the conference and edited volume should be submitted to Susie Caruso at the following email address: editjems@kellogg.northwestern.edu by August 30, 2012.

Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by September 10, 2012.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth. Information on the Searle Center's activities may be found at: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter

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Call for Papers IP for Creative Upstarts - Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC) 

November 9-10, 2012, Michigan State University College of Law

This conference considers how law and policy can nurture diverse creative industries-"Creative Upstarts." Creative Upstarts encompass a range of commercial enterprises from independent artists and producers in developed countries to emerging content industries such as Nigeria's "Nollywood," Jamaican dancehall and Brazilian tecnobrega music, and Chinese digital publishing. Creative Upstarts exemplify the potential for creative industries to spearhead economic and cultural development. They are often less constrained by the imperatives of the mass market than traditional media. Yet, as commercial enterprises, they are capable of more ambitious and sustained creative investments than amateurs who produce user-generated content. Their interests have been overlooked in recent debates on intellectual property and information policy. This conference seeks to remedy that gap.

While Creative Upstarts may be better positioned to exploit alternative paradigms than traditional media companies, as commercial entities, they do need to monetize their creative investments. Greater capacity to access existing intellectual property regimes could benefit them. A Creative Upstarts lens thus imposes a pragmatic focus often missing from existing debate. Rather than arguing over whether we should have "more" or "less" IP, we must examine more precisely how current IP laws and related policies both help and hinder.
THEMES: Creative Upstarts. Relevant questions and considerations include:
- To what extent are Creative Upstarts threatened by digital piracy?
- How could existing legal regimes function more effectively? What new legal tools or reforms would facilitate Upstart industries?
- Do collective rights regimes serve the interests of Creative Upstarts?
- How should law and policy respond to the increasingly transnational nature of creative content flows, and especially to the "borderless" realm of cyberspace?
- Should Creative Upstarts embrace alternative licensing models, e.g., creative commons?
- Should "copyright trolls" be encouraged or condemned?
- How can capacity-building help Creative Upstarts overcome obstacles they face?

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Recognizing that there are no "one size fits all" solutions, this conference seeks to clarify a menu of policy options through a mix of paper presentations and roundtable discussions. In addition, the Michigan State International Law Review will publish a symposium issue comprising selected internationally-focused conference papers. To present a paper, please submit abstracts by August 17, 2012; completed conference drafts will be due October 19, 2012.

For further details, visit http://www.law.msu.edu/creative or contact Professor Sean Pager at spager@law.msu.edu

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10th Annual International Conference on Law, 15-18 July 2013, Athens, Greece 

10th Annual International Conference on Law, 15-18 July 2013, Athens, Greece

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION

The Law Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) organizes its 10th Annual International Conference on Law, 15-18 July 2013. The registration fee will be 250 euro, covering access to all sessions, 2 lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands and a half-day tour to archaeological site in the Prefecture of Attica.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of law and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. For programs of previous conferences and other information visit the conference website www.atiner.gr/law.htm

Papers (in English) from all areas of law are welcome. Selected papers will be published in a Special Volume of the Conference Proceedings or Edited Books as part of ATINER's book series. For Books and Proceedings of previous conferences you may visit http://www.atiner.gr/docs/LAW_PUBLICATIONS.htm for table of contents and order forms.

Please submit a 300-word abstract by 24th of December 2012, by email, atiner@atiner.gr to Professor David A. Frenkel, Head, Law Research Unit, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece. Tel. + 30 210 363 4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634-209. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing, or any other offer to help please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, gtp@atiner.gr , Director, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 100 international conferences and has published over 80 books. Academically, the Institute consists of four research divisions and nineteen research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects.

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2013 2nd International Conference on Government, Law and Culture- ICGLC 2013 

The 2013 2nd International Conference on Government, Law and Culture - ICGLC 2013, will be held during January 19-20, 2013, in Dubai, UAE. ICGLC 2013, aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Government, Law and Culture, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in E-business, Management and Economics and related areas. All papers for the ICGLC 2013 will be published in the IJSSH (ISSN: 2010-3646) as one volume, and will be included in the Engineering & Technology Digital Library, and indexed by EBSCO, WorldCat, Google Scholar, Ulrich's and sent to be reviewed by ISI Proceedings.

One Excellent Paper will be selected from each oral session The Certificate for Excellent Papers will be awarded in the Welcome Banquet on January 20, 2013.

English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which is NOT submitted/published/under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (PDF only) format through the easy chair conferences management system website or via email icglc@iedrc.org.

Paper Submission (Full Paper) Before August 15, 2012

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Social Media and IP at John Marshall 


IP RIGHTS, OWNERSHIP AND IDENTITY IN SOCIAL MEDIA

The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law announces its fourth annual symposium on contemporary topics in intellectual property law. The symposium, titled “IP Rights, Ownership and Identity in Social Media,” will be held at The John Marshall Law School on Friday, February 1, 2013.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We welcome proposals on any subject addressing the various legal issues that have arisen from the development and use of social media sites like Twitter®, Facebook®, LinkedIn®, and Pinterest® (just to name a few). Among the areas of interest are:

· Social Media and IP Infringement
· Social Media and Right of Publicity
· Social Media and Free Speech
· Ownership of Social Media Accounts & Content
· Employee Rights Concerning Social Media Posting
· Social Media and the Hiring Process
· Regulatory Compliance and Social Media
· Use of Social Media as Court Evidence
· Jury Deliberations and Social Media
· Social Media and the Legal Process
· Judicial Use of Social Media
· Branding the Firm via Social Media
· Social Media and Client Contact
· Legal Ethics and Social Media

Accepted papers will be published in the 2013 RIPL Symposium Issue and authors may be invited to present their works either individually or as part of a panel presentation at the Symposium. Please submit a proposal, including a detailed outline of the article, to tbrauer@law.jmls.edu before September 13, 2012.

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CALL FOR PAPERS EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF TRADE MARK DATA 

ETH Zurich
INNOTEC
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 proposals@oiprc.ox.ac.uk. 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 http://www.google.com/googlebooks/uspto-trademarks.html 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 (g.graevenitz@uea.ac.uk) or Graeme Dinwoodie (Graeme.Dinwoodie@law.ox.ac.uk)

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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35 YEARS OF INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: THEORY AND PRACTICE, PRESENT AND FUTURE 

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 epanter2@jhu.edu. 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 epanter2@jhu.edu or by phone at +1 202 663 5894.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: CORPORTE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE ARAB WORLD 

FIRST REGIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
BEIRUT ARAB UNIVERSITY
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 (epanter2@jhu.edu), 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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CALL FOR PAPERS: ACCESS TO JUSTICE 

CALL FOR PAPERS: ACCESS TO JUSTICE
THE ALEXANDRIA UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LAW, ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT
FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, DECEMBER 19-20, 2012


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 (jcbraunmiller@jhu.edu).

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