Call for Papers: The Ethics of War in the 21st Century 

Inaugural Conference of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace

24 – 25 May 2014

This conference marks the opening of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, which is based in the Philosophy Department at Stockholm University. The Centre is funded by the Wallenberg Foundation and directed by Dr. Helen Frowe. The theme of the inaugural conference will be the Ethics of War in the 21st Century, with an emphasis on how just war theory has evolved since 9/11. The conference will be preceded by a public lecture by Professor Jeff McMahan.

Papers of no more than 5000 words (exc. references), suitable for a 30 minute presentation, should be submitted to by the 1st of December 2013. Papers that exceed the word limit will not be accepted. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and be prepared for blind review - please include name, affiliation and contact details in the body of the email. Please also indicate in the submission email whether you would be willing to act as a respondent if your paper is not accepted for the conference. There are plans to put together a journal special issue from selected papers. Please indicate in your email whether you would like your paper considered for publication as part of this issue.

Please note that, excluding graduate bursaries, authors of submitted papers are responsible for all their own expenses.

Suggested paper topics include:

* Theoretical approaches to just war theory, such as cosmopolitanism, reductivism, collectivism, and pacifism
* Humanitarian intervention
* Civil war and arming uprisings
* Weapons and technology
* Terrorism and just war theory
* Legitimate authority
* The moral status of non-state combatants
* War and international law
* Conscientious refusal
* Preventive war, especially with respect to nuclear proliferation

Any enquiries should be emailed to

Link to Call.

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Calls for Papers: International Human Rights Law in Refugee Status Determination 

We write to share news of the forthcoming conference on ‘International Human Rights Law in Refugee Status Determination: Comparative Practice and Theory’ that will take place at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, on 13 and 14 November 2013.

This 1½ day conference brings together leading experts to reflect comparatively on the practical and theoretical impact of international human rights law upon refugee status determination. Three panels will explore comparative practice from around the world and one will be addressed to broader cross-cutting thematic issues. Some further details can be found in the outline below.

For the final thematic panel, we are keen to receive additional contributions, particularly on the following broad topics and their implications for our understanding of the scope of refugee definitions: sexual and gender identity; combatants and military service; permissible limitations to rights (such as the freedom to manifest one’s religion); and internal protection/flight alternative.

If you wish to propose a paper to be presented on this panel, please submit a short abstract of up to 300 words to<> and<> by Friday **5 July 2013**.
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Call for Papers: Public Policy, Government, Markets 

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is calls for papers for its ongoing series of Mercatus Working Papers. Submissions should be related broadly to one of the following topics.

Government Spending and Budgeting. The Mercatus Center’s Spending and Budget Initiative supports policy-focused research and scholarship on taxation, entitlements, budget process, pensions, and the effects of government spending, deficit, and debt on economic growth and prosperity. Papers may examine these subjects at the local, state, and/or federal level(s). Please send submissions to, ATTN: James Broughel.

Regulation and Regulatory-Process Reform. The Mercatus Center’s Regulatory Studies Program supports policy-focused research and scholarship on subjects related to the benefits, costs, and effectiveness of regulation. Areas of particular interest include health and safety, financial markets, technology policy, and regulatory-process reform. Please send submissions to, ATTN: James Broughel.

Capitalism, Government, Politics, and Economic Freedom. The Mercatus Center’s Project for the Study of American Capitalism supports policy-focused research and scholarship that examine the relationship between free markets, government intervention, and political influence. Areas of particular interest include: measuring the magnitude, consistency, and distribution of the effects of government interventions in the local, state, or national economy (both general and industry specific); and institutional and policy reforms that would enhance economic freedom and opportunity for all. Please send submissions to to, ATTN: Rob Raffety.

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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.

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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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