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Call for Papers: Posthumous Reproduction 

The Journal of Law and Health (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) invites submissions for its annual symposium, The Legal and Ethical Implications of Posthumous Reproduction. Abstracts are due Oct. 1, 2012; the symposium is tentatively scheduled for March 2013.

Recently, in Astrue v. Capato, the Supreme Court held that children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent were not automatically entitled to survivor benefits under the Social Security law. The Court stated that the children’s eligibility to receive the benefits depended upon their ability to inheritance under the state’s intestacy system. The symposium will explore these issues and more.

Please submit a 600-word abstract describing your topic and a copy of your curriculum vitae by October 1, 2012, to Journal of Law and Health at health.journal@law.csuohio.edu. Please include “Submission: Annual Symposium” in the subject line.

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Exploding Prison Populations and Drug Offenders: Rethinking State Drug Sentencing 

Valparaiso University Law School
Nov. 9, 2012

Frequently, state sentencing approaches to drug offenses fail to distinguish between serious traffickers and low-level violators. For example, in Indiana, a person selling $40 worth of crack cocaine faces the same sentence (i.e., 20 to 50 years in prison) as a major drug dealer. Indiana’s framework presents an extreme example of this phenomenon, but Indiana is not alone in its approach; many other states are experiencing unintended consequences of similar policies. Long-term sentences for low-level drug offenders have contributed to the exponential growth in many states’ prison populations. Frequently, commentators question whether the expenses of this non-differentiating methodology are warranted in human and other costs. Among other topics, the conference will examine (1) whether the current system can be justified; (2) the deterrent effect on drug usage of long-term incarceration and widespread imprisonment; and, (3) whether the likelihood of apprehension and conviction affects the market for drugs. Submissions relating to drug sentencing are welcomed, especially submissions on the following subjects:

The costs and benefits to taxpayers of incarcerating low-level drug offenders

The impact of drug sentencing laws on minority groups and other affected communities

Whether the science of addiction can inform decisions regarding optimal responses to drug use and sales

Legislative approaches to the challenges of incarceration for drug offenses

Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the Valparaiso University Law Review. To submit a paper for presentation at the conference, please send an abstract no later than Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. It should be addressed to Melissa Mundt, Associate Director of Academic Services, Valparaiso University Law at Melissa.Mundt AT valpo.edu.

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Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference 

The University of San Diego School of Law Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism presents its its Fourth Annual Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference Feb. 15-16, 2013.

The conference will include approximately 6 unpublished papers on originalism, with separate commentators, and then questions from the other participants at the conference.

We invite submissions of originalism works-in-progress for the Fourth Conference. A work in progress is a draft paper in article form that is not yet published as of the conference date. An originalism paper is defined broadly to be any paper that argues for or against originalism as a matter of theory, or applies originalism to some aspect of the Constitution.

Submissions should take the form of a one to three page abstract (and, if you like, an initial draft). The Originalism Center will select an appropriate range of papers to be presented at the conference. Submissions should be sent to Mike Rappaport (mrappaport@gmail.com); they may be sent now, if possible, but in any event by the end of August.

We will ask that the selected papers be circulated to conference participants in mid January, 2013. The Center will cover travel expenses, lodging, and meals for paper authors and commentators.

In addition to paper authors and commentators, all scholars who do work on originalism are invited to attend and participate in the conference by reading the papers and joining in the discussion. The Center will provide the principal meals for those attending the whole conference but not giving a paper or serving as a commentator.

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Call for Papers: Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law  

Call for Papers – Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law

The first conference on Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law, organised by the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice, will take place on Thursday 6th December and Friday 7th December 2012.

The field of International Criminal Law (ICL) has recently experienced a significant surge in scholarship, in institutions, and in the public debate. The contemporary debate is predominantly focussed on ICL’s contribution to projects of justice, peace, legality, addressing impunity and accountability. While there are individual sites of critique, they are largely limited to effectiveness arguments: If the International Criminal Court is not functioning as well as it could be, then it must be made more effective; if peace is not yet achieved through tackling impunity, then there must be more accountability. This limited critique has fostered a seemingly self-congratulatory, uncritical, and over-confident area of international law which has marginalised deeper critical approaches.

What is missing from the mainstream debate are the possible complicities of ICL in injustice, conflict, exclusions, and biases. Arguably, the numerous conferences this year on the topic of the 10-year anniversary of the coming into force of the Rome Statute are largely a testament to this limited critique. In this conference, we hope to shift the debate towards such complicities and limitations in the contemporary understanding of ICL. We hope to question some of the assumptions which inform the field and which may cause injustice, conflict, exclusion and bias.

Tentative sites of critique, which are envisaged as central to an idea of Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law (CAICL), are:

ICL and the political
ICL and individualism
ICL and neo-liberalism
ICL and ideology
ICL and gender
ICL and afrocentricism
ICL crowding out other disciplines
ICL and the emergence of a judiocracy

The first day of the conference is open to all and will take place at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. The second day will be a closed session including a writing workshop and an exchange of ideas on teaching CAICL; participation of this requires an invitation.

More information will be online shortly here.

Please send abstracts of 500 words (max.) and a short bio (100 words max.) to C.Schwobel@liverpool.ac.uk by 01 September 2012. Selected speakers will be contacted by 28 September 2012. Draft papers will be due by 01 December 2012. A number of papers will be selected for an edited collection and/or a special issue. Completed papers will be due by end January 2013. The manuscript will be sent for consideration by March 2013.

A registration fee of £50 for academics and £100 for practitioners will be incurred. The registration fee income will go towards a travel grant for postgraduate students.

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Call for proposals on the theme of: "Security Challenges in an Evolving World" 

This conference will explore the numerous security challenges states face today both domestically and globally and how these challenges influence interstate conflict, civil war, and peaceful conflict management practices. Three distinct phenomena form the backdrop of this conference: climate change, the global financial crisis, and the revolutionary awakening across the Middle East region. Each of these developments carries the potential to destabilize societies and cause widespread human suffering. Poverty and poor economic growth are key characterizing features of war-torn societies today. Bleak economic prospects and monetary crises have led masses to the streets in numerous developed countries as well. Rapidly diminishing resource supplies and future projections of massive climate-induced human displacement might well make new regions vulnerable to social and political conflict. Moreover, the dynamics of the Arab Spring are still in limbo, raising questions about the future of democracy in the region, as well as potential clashes between the established democratic community and its newest members. Each of these phenomena constitutes a distinct challenge to affected societies and it is important to identify potential solutions for managing these crucial issues in world politics. More broadly, the conference seeks to engage dialogue on conflict and conflict management research to understand how states are responding to shifts in the global security environment.

Theme: Security Challenges in an Evolving World
June 27-29, 2013, at Corvinus University; Budapest, Hungary

Please submit all paper and panel proposals via your MyISA account. The Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2012

If you do not have a MyISA account, click here to create an account. MyISA accounts are free to create.

For questions concerning the program, please contact the program chairs at: budapest2013@isanet.org

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Regulating Behaviour: Law, Theory and Practice 

The Birmingham Law School Regulating Behaviour: Law, Theory and Practice has issued a call for papers. Papers must be submitted by Wednesday August 15 2012.

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
United Kingdom

CALL FOR PAPERS Birmingham Law School Regulating Behaviour: Law, Theory and Practice PhD Conference 25-26 September 2012 Abstracts must be received electronically by 15.08.2012 Panel presentations - 26.09. 2012. Please, submit proposal/abstract of 300 words for individual papers to uob.lawconf@gmail.com (you can also use the emails of the lead contacts: Clark Hobson: cah747@bham.ac.uk or Stoyan Panov: smp084@bham.ac.uk) Comparative, inter-disciplinary approaches are encouraged and welcome.

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International Humanitarian Assistance and International Law 

24 and 25 January 2013
Leiden University
Leiden Law School
Leiden, Netherlands


As a concept, international humanitarian assistance is receiving widespread attention from international organizations, NGOs, and other actors involved in the practice of aid delivery, yet it deserves more attention from scholars of public international law as there are many legal issues, ambiguities, and questions that arise time and again when humanitarian assistance is needed, or when it is being delivered.

These issues relate, inter alia, to the rights of the people in need of assistance, to the role of the affected states, to the specific circumstances in which humanitarian assistance is provided, to the duties of entities providing assistance as well as to the access of goods or relief personnel. Extensive research is still required to address these problems, in the hopes of making the provision of humanitarian assistance more effective.

The conference aims at bringing legal scholars who have been pioneering the field of international humanitarian assistance together with scholars of public international law who have not been working in this field but are nonetheless interested. Keeping this in mind, the conference will consist of multiple thematic panels, i.e. on
‘Humanitarian assistance and humanitarian law’; ‘Humanitarian assistance and international disaster response laws’, ‘Humanitarian assistance and human rights law’; and ‘Humanitarian assistance and other fields of law’, allowing for both scholars in the field and scholars from outside the direct field of international humanitarian assistance to participate. Furthermore, the contributions and findings of the conference will be published in a thematic edition of a legal journal.

Call for Papers

Scholars (junior as well as senior) and practitioners working in the field of humanitarian assistance or in related fields who would like to participate in this conference as speaker or as a commentator in one of the panels are kindly invited to send an abstract of maximum 300 words (in English) to humanitarianassistanceconference@law.leidenuniv.nl before 1 October 2012. In particular, papers relating to humanitarian assistance and the following topics are welcomed:

- economic, social and cultural rights and/or human rights in general;

- international humanitarian law;

- access in time of (non-) international armed conflict;

- access in time of natural disaster;
- the use and/or implementation of international disaster response laws;

- enforcement of the provision of assistance;

- state sovereignty;

- IDPs and/or refugee law;

or any other legal topic related to international humanitarian assistance.

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Call for Papers: Debt and Financial Regulation in Reaction to the Crisis: Legal Perspectives on Recent Transformations of Public Authority  

Debt and Financial Regulation in Reaction to the Crisis:
Legal Perspectives on Recent Transformations of Public
Authority

Workshop: Heidelberg, 29 November 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS

The ongoing financial and subsequent debt crisis has had an immense impact on financial regulation. The response in regulation mirrors trends in global and European governance which emerged in the last decades. While states still play an important role, their authority is complemented and transformed by international and supranational bodies. Institutions like the G20, the IMF, the Basel Committee, UNCTAD, or the European Union take the lead in both short and long term responses to the crisis. These bodies shape policy in more and more areas, ranging from fiscal policy to the resolution of insolvent banks. At the same time, they make use of new instruments in order to coordinate the crisis response, such as voluntary principles and guidelines, indicators, peer reviews, stress tests, and else.

The purpose of the workshop is to track these transformations and assess them from the perspective of legal scholarship. They raise pressing questions concerning their legality under domestic, European and international law, their legitimacy and effectiveness, the responsibility of states and international institutions, their consequences for distributive justice or legal and political integration in Europe and beyond. The workshop aims at bringing together analyses covering a broad range of issues in debt and financial regulation as well as of methodological approaches. We believe that such a broad view is necessary in order to explore the potential of legal scholarship for the understanding and conceptualization of the ongoing transformations, as well as for the formulation of responses to the questions raised.

We invite junior and senior researchers in law and related fields to submit proposals for presentations focusing on post-crisis transformations of financial regulation.The idea to carry out this workshop arises from the project on the exercise of international public authority carried out at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg. However, the workshop is by no means limited to presentations following this strand of research, or critically engaging with it. Rather, we welcome contributions approaching debt and financial regulation from any theoretical, empirical, doctrinal, interdisciplinary or other perspective. The following is a non-enumerative list of suggestions:

How to legally conceptualize the austerity measures imposed on Euro area Member States? Are they legitimate exercises of public authority? Which effect does the strengthened European economic governance have on sovereignty, fundamental rights or labor rights?

How to legally conceptualize international efforts to restructure sovereign debt and strengthen fiscal discipline? Are they legitimate exercises of authority? Do they respect human rights? Do the UNCTAD Principles on Promoting Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing strike an equitable balance among the diverging interests in matters of sovereign debt? How could their effectiveness be enhanced?

How to legally conceptualize the transformations in bank regulation? Are informal instruments such as the revised Basel Accord, recommendations or stress tests legitimate exercises of public authority? Which conflicts might emerge from new regulation such as CRD IV or the rules for rating agencies?

How does the interplay between international, European and domestic regulators, supervisors, and central banks work? Should financial supervisors be independent? How could systemic supervision be enhanced? How should policy-makers and regulators respond to public opposition such as the Occupy movement?

The Conference will take place on Thursday, 29 November 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. Travel and accommodations costs will be reimbursed for participants.

Proposals for presentations not exceeding 500 words should be sent via e-mail to Matthias Goldmann and Carlino Antpöhler at regulation@mpil.de by 15 September 2012. Applicants are requested to indicate whether they intend to submit a paper (> 5,000 words), a short paper (< 5,000 words), or to make a presentation based on an exposé, outline, or power point presentation. Successful applicants will be informed by 30 September 2012. Papers must be submitted by 15 November 2012. Each presentation will be commented on by a renowned scholar or practitioner.

Organization: Professor Dr. Armin von Bogdandy, Matthias Goldmann and Carlino Antpöhler, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany, +49 6221 482 1, regulation@mpil.de.

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Call for Papers: Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory 

Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory ‘Grounding Law’
6–8 December 2012

The fifth annual workshop will again bring together higher research students and early career researchers, who in different disciplines and across diverse fields of scholarship, engage with law and its theoretical and methodological questions.

This year the forum will explore how the challenge of ‘grounding' law could offer a critical and political engagement with and responsibility for law. This is a different task to legitimating or substantiating a new foundation, basis or ground for law. Deconstructive jurisprudence has exposed the constituted violence inherent in every asserted or disavowed ground of law. What are the challenges of a ‘grounded' jurisprudence? How can law be reflexively constituted by the demands of contingency? Some elaborations of Australian Indigenous jurisprudence, for example, speak of a form of law which needs to be contextualised rather than decreed: law is less a force that compels and more something that needs to be actualised, rebalanced and re-patterned into the land.

To ground, as a verb, could mean to connect something to the ground - to the surface of the Earth, the terrain, the humus. It could mean to connect to the immediacy of the present moment through affect and the senses. Grounding law may be a process of finding law in, and making law more responsive to, the question of particularity and immediacy, to the imperatives of being and dwelling.

To ground, as a verb, could also mean to discipline or constrict (law as the insolent child grounded in her room) or to prohibit something (such as an aircraft) from flying. As such, to ground law, may also be a process of constraining its abuses, its terrors, its excesses.

Grounding, both as place-making and disciplining, as the site of the burial of the dead, the method of constriction and the stage for stories and songlines, impels a law of relations. It thus compels obligations of surplus, of giving more than we take, and of transmission. ‘To ground' could also then mean to relate to the past and the future, and to compile a legacy, history and genealogy.

This year we come together, on stolen land, at a time of a social and ecological crisis. Law, in both its humanitarian and authoritarian guises, is complicit in global capital's assault on the ecological processes that sustain life and the practices of communal life. Being attentive to the grounding of law may present possibilities of thinking of resistance beyond questions of the means, tactics or processes of constructing a rebellion to a broader challenge of constructing the places where rebellion articulates and encounters itself, shows itself and begins to know itself.

We welcome participants from all disciplines to explore what a theory of grounding law could offer a critical and political engagement with law.

Possible topics may include (this list is non-exhaustive):

* the force of law: rethinking violence as a ground of law
* the ecological crisis: the relationship between law and the environment
* land, sky, sea: the ethereal and terrestrial in law's cosmos
* Indigenous jurisprudence
* settling/settler laws in the international
* radical legal pluralism, religious laws and customary laws
* the place and space of law
* the Occupy Movement and/or resistance as a grounding project
* the groundless community of global capitalism: the disciplinarity, (ir)regularity and cooperativity of law
* grounding fiscal reform in economies of possession and dispossession, austerity and surplus, accumulation and expenditure
* methodologies of legal ethnography, history and geography
* transmission, transplantation and legacies of law making
* constituting community: critical constitutionalism and administrative law

A limited number of bursaries will be available for interstate and international presenting participants who are unable to claim funding to cover the full cost of travel from their home institution. The bursaries are intended to contribute towards travel expenses. Please indicate when you send us your abstract whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.

Send abstracts of 500 words (max) and biographies of 100 words (max) to law-mdflt@unimelb.edu.au by Monday 6 August 2012

Confirmation of accepted abstracts will be made on Monday 20 August 2012

Submission of written papers (maximum of 3000 words) are due on Monday 5 November 2012

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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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