Call for Papers: Africa 2013 - Was There Something Missed in the Decolonization Process? The International Law Perspective  

Call for Papers
Young Scholars Workshop on International Law
XI Edition
Africa 2013 – Was There Something Missed in the Decolonization Process?
The International Law Perspective
Trento, 6-7 December 2013

The Young Scholars Workshop on International Law is a periodic initiative taking place in Italy since 2003. It is aimed at providing a critical discussion forum in which early career academics, doctoral students, and young legal professionals are encouraged to present their research on specific topics of international law. The XI edition of the Workshop will be hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento.

Theme for the 2013 Workshop

The decolonization of Africa has been praised (including by several African States) as a success story of the United Nations. Nevertheless, recent phenomena of relevance for international law may cast shadows over this suggestion, especially if the decolonization process is considered from a broader economic, cultural and institutional perspective. More than half a century from the adoption of the fundamental General Assembly resolutions on self-determination and on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the OAU, the call for papers intends to address a fundamental research question: Has formal independence released African States from patterns of dominance by former colonial powers, other States, and transnational corporations?

Applicants are welcome to submit unpublished proposals that stand up in favor or against the research question by exploring, from an international law perspective, one or more of the following thematic areas:

a) The theory and practice of the use of force in Africa

− military coups
− intervention in civil wars
− achievements and failures of peacekeeping missions
− boundary and territorial disputes
− the role of regional organizations

b) Economic and social self-determination in Africa

− economic conditionalities and the role of international financial institutions
− achievements and failures of regional economic integration
− issues related to the exploitation of natural resources
− environmental protection and sustainable development
− issues concerning development cooperation (e.g. EU/USA/China-Africa relations)
− the participation of African States in international economic organizations and in their systems of dispute resolution
− problems related to foreign investments

c) Human rights and criminal justice: the African viewpoint

− international criminal justice v. traditional models of reconciliation
− achievements and failures of international criminal justice
− the specificity of the regional system of human rights protection
− gender and cultural issues
− indigenous rights

d) The circulation of legal and institutional models: Africa as champion or recipient?

− models of regional integration
− the legal regime applicable to the activities of transnational corporations (public and private international law perspectives)
− harmonization of private international law, business law and commercial arbitration

Submissions should include a short abstract in English (max. 600 words), the author’s affiliation and full contact information. They will be selected through a competitive process based on scholarly merit and originality. Subject to peer review and editorial discretion, selected submissions may be considered for publication in a leading journal of international law. The organization will cover accommodation costs for successful applicants.

Applications should be submitted in Word format to Marco Pertile ( and Julinda Beqiraj (

Deadline for abstract submission: 22 September

Notification to successful applicants: 1 October 2013

Deadline for submission of draft papers: 17 November 2013

From International Law Reporter
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Call for Papers: Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation of International Law Revisited  

A call for papers has been issued for a conference on "Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation of International Law Revisited," to take place November 18-19, 2013, at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw. The call for papers is here

From International Law Reporter.
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Call for Papers: Law and the Education of Children with Disabilities – New York, NY 

he AALS Sections on Education Law and Disability Law request papers for the annual meeting in New York on “Law and the Education of Students with Disabilities.”

For generations, public schools excluded students with disabilities or shunted them into separate and inadequate programs. In the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, parents of students with disabilities began demanding full and equal educational opportunity for their children. Landmark court cases and legislation followed. In what is now a mature legal regime dominated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other statutory provisions, new challenges have emerged: insuring high achievement, preventing racially segregated placements, dealing with charter schools and other choice initiatives, optimizing inclusive education, and calibrating remedies for denials of appropriate education. A panel of distinguished experts in education and law, including Thomas Hehir of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Robert Garda of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and Terry Jean Seligmann of the Drexel University School of Law, will address pressing legal issues in the schooling of students with disabilities. One additional speaker will be selected from a call for papers.

Deadline: September 1. Contact Mark Weber, mweber[@], for more information.

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New Voices in Administrative Law – New York City, NY  

The AALS Administrative Law Section will be putting on a program entitled “New Voices in Administrative Law” at the AALS annual meeting in New York January 2-5, 2014.

At this event – not a conventional panel but a series of small-scale mentoring sessions – junior scholars in administrative law will be able to present a work-in-progress to two senior scholars for comment and discussion. This event gives junior scholars an opportunity to meet senior administrative law scholars, get feedback on work, and get to learn about the section.

Space is very limited. If you’re interested, please let Bill Araiza (Brooklyn) know as soon as possible, at bill.araiza[@] Your presented work doesn’t need to be final by January, but by the Fall we would need a substantial written product for the commenters to read before the conference. There’s no formal definition of “junior scholar,” but the working definition is someone who’s been teaching seven or fewer years.

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Junior Faculty Scholarship Exchange 

The University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School of Law will host its first annual Junior Faculty Scholarship Exchange Oct. 4, 2013, 10-4.

This is an opportunity for junior faculty in the New England region to gather together to discuss works in progress, finished papers, research interests, and to network with peers from other institutions. Our hope is to create a local forum for legal scholars to develop their ideas and scholarship with input and constructive criticism from fellow law teachers.

The initial flyer is here: Junior Scholarship Exchange invitation. For more information, contact Associate Dean Spencer Clough, (509)985-1121.
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Call for Papers: Stanley Fish and the Meaning of Academic Freedom – Miami, FL 

Florida International University Law Review and the FIU College of Law invite contributions for a Micro-Symposium, Stanley Fish and the Meaning of Academic Freedom, to be published in FIU Law Review in 2014. The symposium takes place January 24, 2013. Micro-symposium commentaries will accompany the papers and proceedings of a live roundtable discussion on academic freedom and Stanley Fish’s forthcoming book, Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution.

“Commentaries may discuss any and all legal, ethical, moral, social, practical, personal, and theoretical aspects of academic freedom, Stanley Fish’s new book, or his extensive body of work on academic freedom or any other topic. Interested commenters will be provided manuscripts of Fish’s book, on request.”

Commentaries can be a maximum of 600 words, including text, footnotes, and title.

Deadline: October 1, 2013. Submit to:bcreg001[@] im
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Call for Papers: 100th Anniversary of the Revenue Act of 1913 – New York, NY 

The New York Law School is pleased to announce a call for papers to be published in connection with its upcoming October 4, 2013 symposium, The 100th Anniversary of the Revenue Act of 1913: Marking a Century of Income Tax Law in the United States.

On October 3, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Revenue Act of 1913. This symposium and the companion issue will examine a century of change and continuity in federal income tax law, tax policy, and the practice of tax law, highlighting the pressing technical and policy issues that are yet to be resolved. The Law Review is currently accepting abstracts for papers to be considered for publication in fall 2014. Included below is a list of topics expected to be addressed at the symposium by prominent tax practitioners, scholars, and policymakers. The Law Review will also consider papers on other topics relating to the theme of the symposium.

Deadline: September 3, 2013. Submit an abstract of no more than 500 words in MS Word format, accompanied by a CV, to Editor-in-Chief G. William Bartholomew ’14 at george.bartholomew[@]law.nyls.
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Central States Law Schools Association 2013 Scholarship Conference  

The Central States Law Schools Association 2013 Scholarship Conference will be held October 4 and 5 at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We invite law faculty from across the country to submit proposals to present papers or works in progress.

The purpose of CSLSA is to foster scholarly exchanges among law faculty across legal disciplines. The annual CSLSA conference is a forum for legal scholars, especially more junior scholars, to present working papers or finished articles on any law-related topic in a relaxed and supportive setting where junior and senior scholars from various disciplines are available to comment. More mature scholars have an opportunity to test new ideas in a less formal setting than is generally available for their work.

Please visit our website ( to register and view the tentative schedule and planned activities.

The deadline for registration is September 2, 2013. After registration has concluded an updated schedule complete with presentation times will be made available online.

In keeping with tradition, CSLSA is able to pay for one night’s lodging for presenters from member schools. Dues invoices are mailed to member schools on an annual basis in late August. Representatives of schools interested in joining CSLSA should contact Carolyn Dessin at in September to request an invoice.

We look forward to seeing you in Fayetteville!


The 2013 CSLSA Board

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Call for Papers: AALS Internet and Computer Law Section 

2014 AALS Annual Meeting, New York
Section on Internet and Computer Law
Call for Papers: The Disruptive Rise of the Mobile Internet

The AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law invites short papers or extended abstracts for its program on “The Disruptive Rise of the Mobile Internet” at the Annual Meeting, to be held on Friday, January 3, 2014, from 10:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M in New York.

Link to for further information
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Call for Papers: International Law-Making and the United Nations  

The Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools has issued a call for papers for its program at the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City. The topic is "International Law-Making and the United Nations." The call is here.

From International Law Reporter
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