Call for Papers: Trade Governance: Integrating Africa into the World Economy Through International Economic Law 

Second African International Economic Law Network Conference
7 – 8 MARCH 2013

Whereas people in developing countries are becoming richer, about a billion others, mostly found in Africa and Central Asia, are being thrown deep into poverty. While there is a plethora of reasons for why this phenomenon is occurring, one of the key factors is isolation. Put more precisely, the argument is that poverty is rife in Africa because Africa is isolated and not integrated into the world economy. Consequently, most African countries are not able to enjoy the benefits of international economic law, whose main objective is to make people live better through open and fair markets and deeper integration into the world economy.

It is against this background that the conference seeks firstly to bring together academics, intergovernmental organisations, governments, policy makers, economists, private sector and NGOs to discuss the ways in which African states’ economies can be integrated into Africa (intraAfrica) and the world.

Secondly, it is the objective of the conference to determine the role that intergovernmental organisations, governments, private sector and NGOs can play to integrate African states into the world economy and within Africa.

To this effect, the question is – how do we insert Africa into the global economy on the key issues, that is, what are the key issues that need to be addressed for Africa’s development?

In addressing this question, what can be the role of intergovernmental organisations, states, private sector and NGOs in integrating Africa in the world economy and within Africa on the following issues:

Trade in goods and agriculture
Trade in services
Foreign investment
International finance and monetary policy
Competition law and policy
Intellectual property rights and technology acquisition
Infrastructure development and economic integration (especially transportation and energy)
Dispute settlement
Multilateral economic governance and African economic integration

Thirdly, on a comparative note, how have other regions such as Latin America and Asia, which were once isolated, become integrated into the world economy? What can be the lessons for Africa and how can such lessons be applied to Africa?

Papers discussing global economic integration and development will be welcome as well. It is planned to publish selected papers presented at the conference in a book.

Abstract Submission

The Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law and the AfIELN conference committee invite submissions of abstracts on the general theme, ‘Trade Governance’. The theme reflects the importance of integrating Africa in global trade and investment. The theme also calls for the fact that Africa’s development is tied to integration into the world economy through international economic law. Abstracts on the aforementioned issues are particularly invited.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to Julie.Dunsford@ by 7 September 2012. Submissions should include an email with the author’s name and full contact information, and a Word attachment with an anonymous abstract of no more than 300 words. Abstracts will be considered by a process of double-blind reviews and decisions on proposals will be sent by 5 October. Selected presenters will need to submit their papers (maximum 8 pages) for inclusion in the conference package by 1 February 2013.

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Call for Papers: Applied Feminism and Families 

Call for Papers: Applied Feminism and Families
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Call for Papers:

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Sixth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.

This conference seeks to explore how feminist legal theory affects families in the United States and abroad. We are interested in including both family law experts and experts who consider issues facing families from other legal perspectives. Papers might explore the following questions:

What have been the accomplishments or shortcomings of feminist legal theory for families?
How might feminist legal theory respond to the challenges facing families?
What sort of support should society and law provide to families?
Does feminist legal theory support state interventions into family life? In what circumstances?
How do law and feminist legal theory conceptualize the roles of family members, including mothers, fathers, caretakers, children, and others?
How does feminist legal theory help us understand changes in the institution of marriage and family structure?
How do the needs of families vary across cultural, economic, religious, and other differences?
Are theories of essentialism and intersectionality necessary or helpful in shaping laws that impact families?
In what areas outside of family law could or should feminist legal theory be applied to assist families?

To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by 5 p.m. on October 26, 2012, to Professor Michele Gilman at In the subject or “re” line of your submission, you must type: CAF conference submission. It is essential that your abstract contain your full contact information, including an email, phone number, and mailing address where you can be reached. Abstracts should be no longer than one page. Practitioners’ and activists’ papers need not follow a strictly academic format, but all paper proposals should address the conference theme. We will notify presenters of selected papers in mid-November. We anticipate being able to have twelve paper presenters during the conference on Friday, March 8, 2013. All working drafts of papers will be due no later than February, 15, 2013. All abstracts and drafts will be posted on the Center on Applied Feminism’s conference website to be shared with other participants and attendees.

Contact Information:

Prof. Michele Gilman

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Call for Papers: International Review of Law Journal 

Call for Papers:

The International Review of Law Journal is seeking articles for a special issue on domestic violence to be published in Spring 2013. The journal’s goal is to showcase papers that address practical and theoretical accomplishments and challenges worldwide in the area of domestic violence. Provided that the focus of the article is law-related, the definition of domestic violence will be construed broadly.

The International Review of Law Journal is a peer-reviewed, bi-lingual (Arabic and English) international law journal at Qatar University College of Law. All content in the journal is ‘open access,’ meaning articles are free-to-read on the web and authors retain copyright on the print and electronic versions of their work. From its base in the Middle East, the journal aims to bring perspectives from around the world to developments in the law. Submissions are accepted in both English and Arabic.

The domestic violence special issue will be edited by Professor Mary Pat Treuthart, Gonzaga University School of Law. A section of this issue will be reserved for student submissions. Selected authors will be invited to Qatar University College of Law in Doha to conduct a guest lecture
on their area of research.

Contributors are requested to submit manuscripts of no more than 30 double-spaced pages including footnotes. Shorter pieces are welcome. Manuscripts will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, the final deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012.

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Call for Papers: Title IX and Transgender Rights 

The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society will present its 2013 symposium, Transcending Gender Lines: Title IX and Transgender Rights, in Feb. 2013. Abstracts for the call for papers are due Oct. 15, 2012.

The 1972 Education Amendment prohibiting sex-discrimination in federally funded education programs, Title IX, has reached its 40th anniversary this year. We are seeking original scholarship, from both scholars and practitioners, addressing the current state of Title IX application in relation to the rights of transgender individuals.

Ideally, proposals would highlight:

An analysis of the effectiveness of current Title IX implementation in prohibiting sex-discrimination of transgender individuals.

Recommendations as to how Title IX implementation could be improved to address issues particular to the needs of transgender individuals.

Topics could include: judicial decisions opening the door for Title IX’s application to transgender individuals, the current scope of Title IX’s application to harassment of transgender individuals (including sexual harassment, bullying at schools, on athletic teams, and online, sexual abuse); the effectiveness of measures state and local governments have enacted to protect the transgender rights under Title IX.

nterested parties should send an abstract to by October 15, 2012. Those selected for the Symposium will be notified by November 2012. The Journal’s Symposium issue will be published in Fall 2013.

Questions may be addressed to Symposium Editor Jill Parikh at

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DMCA Retrospective at Santa Clara 

15 Year Retrospective of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Santa Clara University School of Law
March 15, 2013

Similar to our extremely popular 15 year retrospective on 47 USC §230 in 2011, the conference will look at the past, present and future of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). We are still adding speakers. A few of the confirmed speakers:

Prof. Ed Felten
Rob Kasunic (Deputy General Counsel at U.S. Copyright Office; runs the 1201 rule-making)
Jeffrey Mausner (outside counsel for Perfect 10)
Jay Monahan (principal architect of eBay’s VeRO program)
Michael Robertson (founder of and
Judge Ronald Whyte (author of Religious Technology Center v. Netcom)
Co-sponsored with the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus.

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Internet Law Works-in-Progress at Santa Clara 

Third Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress Conference
Santa Clara University School of Law
March 16, 2013

This conference is the place to present your Internet Law works-in-progress conference and get feedback from your Internet Law scholar peers. We will circulate a Call for Papers/Participation later in the year, but mark off the time on your calendar now! Co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School.

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Past, Present, and Future of Appellate Briefs — AALS Meeting — New Orleans, LA 

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research invites submissions on the topic of The Past, Present, and Future of Appellate Briefs for a program at the AALS annual meeting Jan. 4-7. 2013. The submission deadline is Aug. 15, 2012.

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research is pleased to announce that one of the programs that it will sponsor during the AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans is on the topic of The Past, Present, and Future of Appellate Briefs.

Listed below are the committed moderator and speakers. The Section is now seeking paper submissions to fill the speaker slot that will address Trends in Briefing. For this topic, the Section is looking for papers that will focus on the present status of appellate briefs by addressing topics like how briefs have changed in recent years, what innovative practices today’s advocates deploy, and what orthodoxies law students are taught that may not reflect the way appeals are actually litigated in practice. These are not the only topics that may be addressed, however; the Section encourages submission of papers on topics broadly associated with the present status of appellate briefs.

Moderator: Noah Messing, Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing, Yale Law School

The Origins of Appellate Briefs in the American Court System: R. Kirkland Cozine, Counsel, Lazard Middle Markets LLC

Revisiting the Brandeis Brief: Linda Edwards, E.L. Cord Foundation Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Trends in Briefing

Tensions between What the Legal Writing Community Teaches and What Top Lawyers Actually Do: Noah Messing, Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing, Yale Law School

The Future of Appellate Briefs: Lucille Jewel, Associate Professor, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Submissions should be of scholarship relating to the topic of Trends in Briefing.

There is a maximum 25,000 word limit (inclusive of footnotes) for the submission, although the section encourages shorter, essay length submissions as well. Each professor may submit only one paper for consideration.

The Section will review the paper anonymously. A cover letter with the author’s name and contact information should accompany the paper. The paper itself, including title page and footnotes, must not contain any references that identify the author or the author’s school. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes. Papers may be accepted for publication but must not be published prior to the annual meeting.

To be considered, papers must be submitted electronically to Professor Samantha Moppett, Suffolk University Law School, The deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 15, 2012. The author of the selected paper will be notified by October 1, 2012. The Call for Paper participant will be responsible for paying his or her own annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting (and not full time at a member law school faculty), and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit. Faculty at fee-paid non-member schools are also ineligible.

Papers will be selected after review by an ad hoc committee composed of Section Executive Committee members and Section Program Committee members.

Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to: Professor Samantha Moppett, Suffolk University Law School,, or 617.573.8135, or Kirsten Davis,

The Program Committee looks forward to receiving your papers.

Kirsten Davis, Stetson (co-chair)
Samantha Moppett, Suffolk (co-chair)
Mary Algero, Loyola New Orleans
Anna Hemingway, Widener
Ellie Margolis, Temple
Joseph Mastrosimone, Washburn
Kathryn Mercer, Case Western
Noah Messing, Yale
Kristen Tiscione, Georgetown

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AALS Securities Regulation/Financial Institutions &Consumer Financial Services Program  

Call for Papers

AALS Joint Program of the Securities Regulation Section and

Financial Institutions & Consumer Financial Services Section

The Regulation of Financial Market Intermediaries:

The Making and Un-Making of Markets

AALS Annual Meeting, January 4, 2013

New Orleans

The AALS Section on Securities Regulation and the Section of Financial Institutions & Consumer Financial Services are pleased to announce that they are sponsoring a Call for Papers for their joint program on Friday, January 4th at the AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The topic of the program and call for papers is “The Regulation of Financial Market Intermediaries: The Making and Un-Making of Markets.” The financial crisis witnessed numerous market failures involving an array of financial market intermediaries, including banks, broker dealers, and various kinds of investment funds (from money market mutual funds to hedge funds). The crisis came at the end of a decades-long transformation of the U.S. financial services sector that blurred the boundaries between banking and securities businesses. During this period a range of new intermediaries emerged and connected individuals and firms seeking financing to investors in capital markets. At the same time, capital markets became increasingly dominated by financial institutions and other institutional investors. Intermediaries devised and “made markets” for new and often highly illiquid and opaque financial instruments. Many of these new markets froze or crashed in the financial crisis. In response, Dodd-Frank and other financial reforms have imposed a grab bag of new rules on financial intermediaries.

Yet the effects of these financial reforms remain unclear. Moreover, policymakers and scholars often disagree about the precise problems that these reforms are meant to address. For example, the SEC’s headline-grabbing suit against Goldman Sachs over the ABACUS transactions focused on conflicts of interest for large financial conglomerates with different stakes in a transaction. Meanwhile, other financial reforms have focused on the opacity of pricing in financial markets or on the solvency or liquidity risk faced by intermediaries.

The tangle of potential market failures has led to a range of policy responses. Often banking and securities scholars seem to look at the same set of market practices through radically different lenses. Banking scholars focus on solvency crises and banking runs and debate the application of prudential rules on the risk-taking, leverage, and liquidity of intermediaries. At the same time, securities scholars emphasize the problems of conflicts of interest and asymmetric information. They then look to the traditional policy tools in their field such as disclosure, fiduciary duties, and corporate governance.

The dearth of dialogue between these two fields creates the risk of confusion in identifying both problems and solutions for financial intermediaries and the markets in which they operate. To move the discussion forward, scholars in both fields may have to move outside their comfort zones. The study of financial institutions cannot be limited to deposit-taking banks. Similarly, securities regulation involves more than securities offerings and litigation, but the regulation of broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds, and the regulation of trading and markets.

Form and length of submission

The submissions committee looks forward to reviewing any papers that address the foregoing topics. Abstracts should be comprehensive enough to allow the review committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims and likely content of papers they propose. Eligible law faculty are invited to submit manuscripts or abstracts dealing with any aspect of the foregoing topics. Untenured faculty members are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts or abstracts.

The initial review of the papers will be blind. Accordingly the author should submit a cover letter with the paper. However, the paper itself, including the title page and footnotes must not contain any references identifying the author or the author’s school. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.

Papers may be accepted for publication but must not be published prior to the Annual Meeting.

Deadline and submission method

To be considered, papers must be submitted electronically to Erik Gerding at The deadline for submission is August 10, 2012.

Papers will be selected after review by members of a Committee appointed by the Chairs of the two sections. The authors of the selected papers will be notified by September 30, 2012.

The Call for Paper participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

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Call For Papers: Local Government Works-In-Progress 

Marquette University Law School is pleased to announce that it will host the first annual Local Government Law Works-in-Progress Conference on Friday, September 21, 2012 (possibly Saturday, September 22, 2012 as well, depending on interest). The conference will provide an opportunity for local government law scholars to present works-in-progress and receive feedback from their colleagues in the field.

Registration Deadline: Monday, August 13, 2012


Abstracts and Papers: Deadline Tuesday, September 4, 2012; submit papers to

Conference Organizers:

Matt Parlow, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Marquette University Law School
Ken Stahl, Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law
Rick Su, Associate Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School

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The Legal Perspectives on the Victim -- Call for Papers 

Nottingham Trent University Call for papers:
Symposium - Legal Perspectives on the Victim -
19 December 2012

Nottingham Law School's newly formed research center, the Center for Conflict, Rights & Justice welcomes the submission of proposals for symposium papers on the theme of the victim, broadly defined. The deadline for submission of proposals with abstracts (max 150 words) is 1 October. The best papers will be published in the 2013 issue of the Nottingham Law Journal. Further details the event can be found at: ... index.html Please direct inquires to: Tom Lewis, Louise Taylor or Helen O?Nions helen.o?

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