Call for Papers: Interfaces between International and National Legal Orders: An International Rule of Law Perspective  

The Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) is organising a seminar on 14-15 March 2013 and invites paper proposals from scholars and practitioners of law and related disciplines.

The Seminar Theme

The seminar explores the evolving interfaces between international and national legal orders from the perspective of the international rule of law.

In this seminar, the international rule of law concerns international law regulating states, as well as international institutions and other subjects of international law. The international rule of law could be narrowly defined to encompass procedural requirements, or more broadly to include inter alia human rights, democracy, the separation of powers, and/or accountability.

Submission of Proposals and the Timeline
Paper proposals should include a description of maximum 500 words and the applicant’s curriculum vitae. Submissions should cover work that has not been previously published.
At the time of the seminar, the invited authors should present a paper of 7,000-8,000 words, excluding references. It is the intention of the organisers to publish the papers in an edited volume.

Paper proposals should be sent by email to Ms. Martine van Trigt at The deadline is 1 November 2012. Selected participants will be informed by 1 December 2012. Each participant must submit a paper by 22 February 2013 for distribution to the other participants.The seminar takes place on 14-15 March 2013 at the University of Amsterdam. The sponsoring organisations will cover the speakers’ travelling and accommodation expenses.
The seminar is co-sponsored by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law.

For substantive questions, please contact Dr. Machiko Kanetake at

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Transnational Arbitration — Miami, FL 

Biltmore Hotel
January 24-25, 2013

The Executive Committee and Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) are proud to announce that the second annual ITA Winter Forum will take place in Miami on January 24-25, 2013. Building on its successful launch in 2012, the Winter Forum provide a unique opportunity for the exploration of scholarly papers and probing debate practical slant of topical issues in international arbitration.

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
international arbitration during a time of global transition. After a conversation over lunch renowned authority Gary Born, chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group WilmerHale, the Winter Forum will feature a Tylney-Hall-style discussion forum, concluding with a select year-in-review of noteworthy events in international arbitration.

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.

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.

While ITA cannot reimburse all travel expenses, selected authors will receive a waiver of the conference fee for the Winter Forum and two nights’ accommodation in Miami.

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Maine Law Review 2013 Food Law Colloquium 

The Maine Law Review* invites you to participate in its 2013 Food Law Colloquium. The Colloquium presents an opportunity for discussion and debate about the legal architecture of food systems in Maine, the United States, and beyond. To complement the Colloquium, the spring volume of the Review will be devoted to high-quality legal scholarship focusing on a wide range of food law topics.

TOPICS: The Maine Law Review seeks submissions of papers for oral presentation at the Colloquium and for publication in its Spring 2013 volume. We invite contributions in the form of articles or essays addressing any aspect of food law. Topics may include, but are not limited to: local food ordinances and states' rights movements; the effects of the 2012 Farm Bill on small-scale agriculture; food safety and security; judicial responses to competing interests of seed patent owners and farmers; the challenges of securing financing for farmland conservation; administrative hurdles confronting the seafood industry; cooperatives and securities law; comparative analyses of food law frameworks; and emerging issues in food law. Although traditional, full-length papers are welcome, we principally seek shorter essays (roughly 8,000 to 15,000 words, including references) that will stimulate lively discussion at the Colloquium.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Draft abstracts and queries may be addressed to Aga Pinette, Editor-in-Chief, at, no later than September 30, 2012. Please accompany submissions with a curriculum vitae, and indicate your willingness and availability to travel to Portland, Maine, to participate in the Colloquium in February or March 2013.

The Maine Law Review is published twice annually by the students of the University of Maine School of Law. The journal has a diverse reading audience of legal scholars and students, practitioners, and judges.

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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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