Property Rights and Planning in a Changing Economy, International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights 

February 13-15, 2013, Portland, Oregon, USA

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2013
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2012

Papers are now invited for the 7th International conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, which will be held from the 13th through the 15th of February at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. The conference brings together scholars from around the world to present innovative research and engage in interdisciplinary exchange related to the theme of the Association - the study of the connections, in the broadest sense, between land and natural resource use, planning, and legal systems.

THEME: The 2013 conference theme is property rights and planning during a period of global economic restructuring. Secondary, place-specific themes include the American property rights movement and a retrospective and prospective look at Oregon's landmark statewide land-use planning program, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013.

TOPICS: We invite papers on all topics related to law and planning, including all legal aspects of urban, regional, and rural planning; land use regulation; growth management/agricultural land protection, property rights, expropriation and compensation; housing; and public-private partnerships. We encourage submissions from researchers working in such areas as planning policy and practice, land economics, environmental justice, climate change, and urbanization and land access in the global south. Early career scholars and PhD students are particularly welcome! We invite papers on all topics related to law and planning, including, but not limited to the following:
- Legal aspects of urban, regional, and rural planning
- Land use controls and market alternatives
- Property rights, expropriation and compensation
- Housing, gentrification and social equity
- Land policy and growth management in comparative perspective
- Heritage/environmental protection
- Planning and property rights in the Pacific Rim
- Planning for climate change, resilient cities, and littoral and island nations
- Changing institutional and organizational forms in planning (e.g., neoliberal land tenure reforms; impacts of economic restructuring on the spatial scales of planning)
- Planning and property regimes for ocean and coastal areas

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Abstracts should be submitted by email no later than August 15, 2012, by Email: Abstracts will be reviewed and notification sent by email to the person or persons submitting.

The Abstract submission should contain the following information:
1. Name, professional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address for the presenter and all co-authors. Doctoral or other graduate students should identify themselves and their supervisors, as we are organizing an additional PhD-meeting during the conference.
2. Title of paper
3. Abstract paragraphs - maximum of 600 words.
4. Keywords - up to a maximum of 4 words or short terms (e.g., property rights).

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information, contact: Professor Ellen Bassett,

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Banks, Markets and Financial Innovation: Efficiency, Systemic Risks and the Role of Regulation 

May 24, 2013, Milan

CONSOB and Bocconi University, through its CAREFIN and "Paolo Baffi" research centers, are organizing a conference on intermediaries, operational and allocative efficiency of markets and financial innovation and their implications for the regulation of securities markets.

TOPICS: The conference will focus on the following issues:
- intermediaries specialization and prudential regulation;
- banks, financial markets and taxation;
- shadow banking system;
- trends and development of asset management;
- market microstructure, trading strategies and their effects on efficiency;
- derivatives markets, counterparty and systemic risks;
- the choice of going public;
- costs and benefits of financial innovation;
- financial innovation and financial education.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should submit their paper to the e-mail: by January 10, 2013. Papers submitted in a preliminary version may also be considered, provided that the aim of the research, the methodological approach and the main results are clearly outlined.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Papers will be selected through a refereeing process managed by a scientific committee chaired by prof. Vittorio Conti (CONSOB) and prof. Marco Onado (Bocconi University)

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Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law May 2013 

The Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law was launched in the summer of 2011 and it held its inaugural event at the New York University School of Law in May 2012. The Forum is designed as a regular addition to the international law calendar, and will be convened each year by Dino Kritsiotis, Professor of Public International Law in the University of Nottingham, Anne Orford, Michael D. Kirby Professor of International Law in the University of Melbourne, and J.H.H. Weiler, University Professor & Joseph Straus Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

The Forum will allow international legal scholars, in the first six years of their academic career, a unique opportunity to present their research work by being paired with a senior scholar in the field of international law, who will lead a discussion of their presentation within the Forum.

The second Forum will convene at the University of Nottingham in May 2013, and selected presentations from the Forum will be published in the European Journal of International Law (Oxford University Press).

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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 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

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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 (; 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 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:

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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
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 (you can also use the emails of the lead contacts: Clark Hobson: or Stoyan Panov: 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 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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