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Call For Papers The Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-Leaf) at the George Washington University Law School Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes 

February 7-8, 2014, Washington, DC.

The Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) at The George Washington University Law School is pleased to announce its fourth annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes. The Workshop and Prizes are sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. The Workshop will be held on February 7-8, 2014 at GW Law School in Washington, DC.

OVERVIEW: The Workshop supports and recognizes the work of young legal scholars in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, economics, finance and securities, while promoting interaction among them and selected senior faculty and practitioners. By providing a forum for the exchange of creative ideas in these areas, C-LEAF also aims to encourage new and innovative scholarship.

Approximately ten papers will be chosen from those submitted for presentation at the Workshop pursuant to this Call for Papers. At the Workshop, one or more senior scholars and practitioners will comment on each paper, followed by a general discussion of each paper among all participants. The Workshop audience will include invited young scholars, faculty from GW's Law School and Business School, faculty from other institutions, practitioners, and invited guests.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, three papers will be selected to receive Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively. All prize winners will be invited to become Fellows of C-LEAF, C-LEAF makes no publication commitment, but chosen papers will be featured on its website as part of the C-LEAF Working Paper series.

Junior scholars who have not yet received tenure, but have held a full-time academic appointment for less than seven years as of the submission date, are cordially invited to submit summaries or drafts of their papers. Although published work is not eligible for submission, submissions may include work that has been accepted for publication. C-LEAF will cover hotel and meal expenses of all selected presenters.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry and known for its premier practice in the area of private investment funds and private equity M&A, generously sponsors the Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop and Prizes and provides other financial assistance to C-LEAF.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Those interested in presenting a paper at the Workshop should submit an abstract, summary or draft, preferably by e-mail, on or before October 4, 2013. To facilitate blind review, your name and other identifying information should be redacted from your paper submission. Direct your submission, along with any inquiries related to the Workshop, to:

Professor Lisa M. Fairfax
Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law
George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
lfairfax@law.gwu.edu

Papers and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes will be selected after a blind review by members of the C-LEAF Executive Board. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by November 15, 2013. Please feel free to pass this Call for Papers along to any colleagues who may be interested.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information on C-LEAF Fellows, please visit our website at: http://www.law.gwu.edu/Academics/resear ... fault.aspx, or contact us at cleaf@law.gwu.edu

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Call For Papers Conference on Financial Market Misconduct 

April 3-4, 2014, Toronto, Canada

RATIONALE: Financial market misconduct erodes investors trust, and in turn influences stock market liquidity and performance, and exacerbates volatility. Financial market misconduct includes but is not limited to fraud. Despite the widespread media attention on market misconduct, the causes and consequences of market misconduct are often misunderstood and under researched around the world. The evolving structure of markets gives rise to new work on topic.

This international conference will provide a timely debate on financial market misconduct. The conference also encourages, but does not require, submission to the Journal of Corporate Finance. Papers submitted to the Journal of Corporate Finance would go through the normal review process.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Some research questions that contributors to the conference might address are:
- Is market misconduct more common in different countries or across different exchanges? If so, what types (earnings management, insider trading, market manipulation, dissemination of false and misleading information, other)?
- What are the causes of international differences in expected or detected misconduct?
- What are the consequences of market misconduct, and do they differ across countries or exchanges?
- Can regulation be designed to improve ethical standards and corporate governance?
- Does high frequency trading mitigate or exacerbate market misconduct?
- Does crowdfunding facilitate potential financial market misconduct, and how might such potential misconduct be mitigated through regulation?
- Do intermediaries such as lawyers, auditors, and investment bankers mitigate or exacerbate financial market misconduct?
- Is financial market misconduct exacerbated or mitigated under different types of ownership, such as government, institutional, or family ownership?
- How is market misconduct related to activist investors such as venture capital, private equity, and hedge fund investors?
- How is fraud risk and ethics priced in markets?
- How does the risk of market misconduct affect corporate valuation?
- To what extent has the failure of regulation and reporting standards exacerbated the incidence of market misconduct and the recent financial crisis?
- What encourages the adoption of ethical standards in public firms versus private firms?
- Related research questions on both publicly traded and privately held institutions are welcome.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Papers are to be submitted to: Douglas J. Cumming, Email: dcumming@schulich.yorku.ca, with the subject heading: "CFA-JCF -Schulich Conference on Financial Market Misconduct"

In your submissions, please indicate whether you want your paper to be considered for the Journal of Corporate Finance (JCF). Papers submitted to the JCF should also be submitted online at the JCF webpage. Papers will be reviewed following normal JCF standards.

KEY DATES:
- To aid in the development of papers, a two-day conference will be held at York University, Toronto, Canada on April 3-4, 2014. The conference will feature an evening reception on April 3 with a Panel session convened by the CFA Institute and the keynote speaker. Conference paper presentations will be on April 3 and 4 at York University.
- Deadline for submission to the conference is December 15, 2013. Authors will be notified about acceptance to conference by January 31, 2014. Acceptance to the conference does not guarantee acceptance into the Journal of Corporate Finance.

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Call for Papers: 2014 Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 

International Investment Law and the Global Financial Architecture:

Sovereign Debt, Taxation and Financial Market Regulation

– Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2014 –

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 14 and 15 March 2014

Recent years have seen governments around the world re-regulate (or consider re-regulating) markets in response to financial, banking, and sovereign debt crises. Re-regulation has been most clearly felt in the banking sector, but has also affected, amongst others, capital markets, rating agencies, and cross-border finance. All of this takes place in order to stabilize financial markets and to reduce the exposure of governments and central banks, but also supranational and international institutions (such as the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, or the European Stability Mechanism) as lenders of last resort. Accordingly, the crises also involve serious concerns about public finance, including sovereign debt and taxation, monetary and fiscal policy, and sovereign insolvency. Government activities as regulators of, but also participants in, global financial markets therefore move center stage – and with it questions about the role of international investment law in the current reorganization of the global financial architecture.

The 2014 Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop, which will take place on 14 and 15 March 2014 immediately following the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, attempts to explore this role. Invited papers will address the interaction between international investment law and financial market and banking regulation, free flow of capital, public finance, taxation, sovereign debt, and monetary and fiscal policy. Through this Call for Papers, we invite paper proposals on related topics, both doctrinal and inter-disciplinary. For example, papers could deal with any of the following questions:

the impact of financial crisis on investment treaty obligations,
the impact of investment law disciplines on banking and capital market regulation, including offshore, sovereign debt restructuring and sovereign insolvency, public finance, monetary and fiscal policy, or taxation,
the role of investment treaty tribunals in reviewing such measures,
or the role of international and supranational institutions in the field.

Submission of Proposals and Timeline

Original and non-published submissions from both junior and senior scholars and practitioners are invited on the themes outlined above. An abstract of max. 800 words and the applicant’s CV should be sent (in .pdf or .doc format) to filw2014@mpil.de by 10 November 2013. The abstract must include a statement of the issue area of the paper, as well as an indication of the major arguments to be made, a title, and contact details.

A selection panel will consider all abstracts and notify applicants of acceptance by 30 November 2013. Full papers have to be submitted by 28 February 2014. Following the workshop, they will be published, subject to a peer review procedure, in the newly established Frankfurt Investment and Economic Law Series (Elgar Publishing). The sponsoring organisations will cover the speakers’ travelling and accommodation expenses.
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Education & Civil Rights, call for proposals - Penn State 



The Penn State College of Education will host an interdisciplinary civil rights conference and related graduate student symposium, June 6-7, 2014.

For this conference, we will commission conceptual, empirical, policy, and/or legal analyses that authors will present at the conference. Papers will be subsequently published in one or more volumes after the conference (pending successful revision in a book, special journal issue, and/or law review).

We will also include invited speakers, such as federal government officials working in civil rights and education, educators who are currently implementing integration or affirmative action plans, and long-time scholars in the field.

We plan to hold a graduate symposium on Friday morning, a dinner Friday evening with a major speaker, and a day and half-long conference beginning on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.

The intended audience includes academics in education, social sciences, public policy & law, policymakers, practitioners (P-20), legal and policy advocates, civil rights groups, graduate students, journalists, political commentators, attorneys, community leaders, legislators, and judges.

The call for proposals due October 15, 2013.

For more information, email Steven Nelson (sln175@psu.edu) or Erica Frankenberg (euf10@psu.edu).

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Call for Papers -Title VII at 50 - St. John's University 

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation that fundamentally altered the landscape of employment relations by prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which also barred discrimination in public accommodations, public facilities and voting. By its enactment, notions of equality were more deeply embedded in United States public law.

On April 4-5, 2014, the St. John’s Law Review, the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law, in conjunction with NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, the St. John's Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the St. John’s Center of International and Comparative Law, will host a two-day symposium commemorating this important milestone, which will feature panelists and speakers who will assess the past, present and future of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Invitation to Participate
The symposium invites scholars and practitioners to participate in a multi-disciplinary evaluation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among the topics, we will consider the following:

What are the historical origins concerning Title VII’s passage and implementation?
Has Title VII lived up to its promise in eradicating discrimination? Has the progress been at the same pace in the employment sector as compared to education, housing, voting, and public accommodations?
Are the protected categories of “race, color, religion, sex and national origin” analyzed similarly under the Court’s interpretation of Title VII?
Should Title VII’s protected categories of “race, color, religion, sex and national origin” be changed to eliminate categories or expanded to include other classes of individuals or groups who are not currently protected?
Has Title VII brought about any important cultural, sociological and societal changes?
Are there any aspects of Title VII, which require reform such as, but not limited to, the analysis of disparate treatment versus intent, the use of arbitration clauses to adjudicate employment discrimination claims, the statute of limitations on bringing civil rights claims, or the scope of the anti-retaliation clause, which has been interpreted by many courts to deny protection to those involved in internal investigations?
How does the Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas impact the maintenance of employment diversity in the United States?
Has Title VII served as a basis for international notions of equality and nondiscrimination?
How are the workplace equality remedies, which address discrimination claims, implemented differently in the United States as compared to other countries?

The complexity of any discussion of Title VII makes it impossible to capture the many issues and areas that it implicates. Accordingly, we welcome submissions that do not fall within the topics outlined above, but still fall within the general scope of the symposium.

Submission Guidelines
If you would like to participate in the symposium as a speaker, panelist or paper contributor, please submit your curriculum vitae and an abstract of 250 words or less through our online abstract submission form by October 1, 2013. Selected participants must submit their finished papers to SJUTitleVII@gmail.com by February 1, 2014.To include a broad range of papers, we ask that they be limited to a maximum of 8,000 words, exclusive of footnotes. All papers should be cited according to traditional journal conventions.

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Blurring Boundaries in Financial and Corporate Law—Washington, DC -  

The AALL 2014 Midyear Meeting Workshop, Blurring Boundaries in Financial and Corporate Law, will take place June 7-9, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Proposals are due Oct. 25, 2013. - See more at: http://legalscholarshipblog.com/?p=1294 ... eaRo5.dpuf

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Law and Society Association Annual Meeting—Minneapolis, MN 

Law and Inequalities: Global and Local

Recent decades have seen the persistence and growth of powerful inequalities within and between groups and within and among nations. The 2014 program theme returns to a question central to the Association’s founding: the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. The 2014 Program invites participants to explore and consider three questions:

How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to unearthing and understanding inequalities?
How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to the critical interrogation of discourses of equality and inequality and help to reveal what is at stake in these concepts?
What impact can we expect these scholarly contributions to have on the persistence of these inequalities and on public discourse about them?

Call for Proposals

The Program Committee invites proposals that engage with the program theme and other topics in law and society research. Proposals for individual papers or fully formed panels will be considered. As with every Annual Meeting, panels need not be centered on the conference theme. Submissions on any law and society topic are welcome.

Submission deadline: October 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

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SEALS Call for Papers 

The Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) invites the submission of papers in response to its annual Call for Papers. Those who submit the best papers will be asked to present them at a special luncheon at our next annual meeting which is scheduled for August 1-7, 2014. Completed papers are preferred over abstracts and the submission deadline is November 15, 2013.

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Call for Papers: Social Justice and Social Media at Pace Law School 



Pace Law Review will host a one-day symposium entitled Social Justice and Social Media, on March 28, 2014 on the Pace Law School campus in White Plains, NY. The Symposium will address themes concerning the interplay between social media and the administration of justice, both civil and criminal. The Pace Law Review invites (10+) page papers for inclusion in its Summer 2014 Symposium Edition. The committee will consider a broad range of topics. Selected participants will be invited to present their papers at the symposium. Travel expenses to White Plains (30 minutes outside NYC), including hotel, transportation and meals will be provided.

Submission information and key dates:

Interested persons should submit an abstract of between 250 and 300 words suitable for a 15 minute presentation and to serve as the basis of a 10+ page paper (including footnotes). Longer papers are welcomed. Submissions should be made electronically to Prof. Leslie Y. Garfield, lgarfield@law.pace.edu. Please include name, affiliation and contact details in the body of the email. Submissions should be emailed no later than October 1, 2013. Final papers submission will be due June 1, 2014.

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Call For Papers: We Robot 2014: Risks & Opportunities 

We invite submissions for “We Robot 2014: Risks & Opportunities” – a conference at the intersection of the law, policy, and technology of robotics, to be held in Coral Gables, Florida on April 4-5, 2014. We Robot is now in its third year, returning to the University of Miami School of Law after being hosted by Stanford Law School last April. The conference web site is at http://robots.law.miami.edu/2014 new=true]

Topics of interest for the scholarly paper portion of the conference include but are not limited to:

Risks and opportunities of robot deployment in the workplace, the home, and other contexts where robots and humans work side-by-side.
Issues related to software-only systems such as automated trading agents.
Regulatory and licensing issues raised by robots in the home, the office, in public spaces (e.g. roads), and in specialized environments such as hospitals.
Design of legal rules that will strike the right balance between encouraging innovation and safety, particularly in the context of autonomous robots.
Issues of legal or moral responsibility, e.g. relating to autonomous robots or robots capable of exhibiting emergent behavior.
Usage of robots in public safety and military contexts.
Privacy issues relating to data collection by robots, either built for that purpose or incidental to other tasks.
Intellectual property challenges relating to robotics as a nascent industry, to works or inventions created by robots, or otherwise peculiar to robotics.
Issues arising from automation of professional tasks such as unauthorized practice of law or medicine.
How legal scholars should think about robots, and how roboticists should think about the legal code.

These are only some examples of relevant topics. We are very interested in papers on other topics driven by actual or probable robot deployments. The purpose of this conference is to help set a research agenda relating to the deployment of robots in society, to inform policy-makers of the issues, and to help design legal rules that will maximize opportunities and minimize risks arising from the increased deployment of robots in society.

How to Submit Your Proposal

Please send a 1-3 page abstract outlining your proposed paper, and a c.v. of the author(s).

Paper proposals accepted at http:/robots.law.miami.edu/papers starting Oct. 1, 2013. See http:/robots.law.miami.edu/2014 for further information.
Call for papers closes Nov 4, 2013
Responses by Dec. 2, 2013
Full papers due by March 14, 2014. They will be posted on line at the conference web site.


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