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, 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 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:/ starting Oct. 1, 2013. See http:/ 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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Call for Papers: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today: Renewing the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later? 

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is calling for papers to be presented at its Spring 2014 Annual Law Review Symposium on new approaches to addressing poverty and its causes in contemporary American society. Symposium submissions will address how the law – judicial, statutory, or administrative – currently serves to facilitate or obstruct economic opportunity for all Americans and President Johnson’s goal of overcoming “barriers to full participation in our society.” Papers will examine the extent to which the law currently affords Americans the opportunity to participate fully in American economic life as measured by the areas specifically targeted by the War on Poverty: education, employment, health care, housing, community development, and access to capital for small business and entrepreneurship. Presenters may identify legal, institutional, and policy reforms believed essential today to defeating poverty and realizing President Johnson’s vision of a nation “free from want…for our time and for all time to come.” To further UDC’s historic mission of comprehensive clinical legal education dedicated to both the study and practice of law, we welcome papers describing innovative, practical, and proven approaches useful for practitioners, advocates, or their clients in addressing legal and institutional barriers to economic opportunity and advancement in contemporary society.

Authors will have the opportunity to present their articles during the Symposium and articles will be published in the annual symposium issue of the UDC Law Review. Please submit abstracts to UDC Law Review Symposium Editor John Kinney at no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, September 30, 2013. To be eligible for consideration, submissions must not be published elsewhere. Please be sure to include your phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address. We look forward to considering your submission for presentation at UDC Law Review’s Spring 2014 Symposium to take place at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC (precise date likely to be in March 2014).

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Call for Papers: Sociological Inquiries into International Law 

Call for Papers
Sociological Inquiries into International Law
16 May 2014

Workshop Theme

The aim of this workshop is to help bring contemporary international law scholarship into a closer conversation with a number of inspiring and theoretically rich literatures on law and markets deriving from traditions of thinking within sociology and anthropology. We are convinced that, particularly within the field of international economic law, a deeper and more informed engagement with a range of sociological and social theoretic modes of thinking is necessary for intellectual renewal. We seek innovative and original contributions from scholars whose work is situated at those disciplinary boundaries, broadly understood.

Contributions are particularly welcome in the following areas:

(1) International law and the sociology of knowledge: what frameworks of knowledge circulate in and around institutions of international economic governance? By what complex set of practices are such frameworks produced, contested, and institutionally embedded? What are the sociotechnical forms in which they are constituted? In what senses is law a ‘knowledge practice’, and what might be the implications of conceiving legal practices in this mode? Work which draws inspiration from the concepts, questions and methodologies of science and technology studies, the sociology of knowledge, and social studies of science may be of particular promise in investigating such questions.

(2) International law and economic sociology: if the classic insight of economic sociology is that markets and law are mutually constituted, how might this insight be deployed, illustrated and developed in the context of contemporary international economic law? In what sense, if any, do contemporary practices in international economic law constitute global markets in the classical Polanyian (or any other) sense? In what sense might the rational economic actor herself be socially constituted in international economic relations, and what role do legal and other institutional infrastructures play in those processes?

(3) Sociologically inspired scholarship in international relations: to what extent is the practice and operation of international legal governance shaped by social and idealist factors (such as culture, norms, and values)? How might traditional sociological concepts such as socialization and collective identity formation be productively redeployed in the context of contemporary legal governance? What might the notion of the ‘collective memory of groups’ bring to our understanding of how global problems are constituted and addressed through law? This burgeoning literature often employs sociological tools, emphasizing the influence of social processes and factors (such as socialization and collective identity) on the development of international legal rules as well as actors' behaviour in the legal sphere.

(4) Anthropologically inspired work examining the microlevel of global economic governance, including documentary practices, microsocial interactions, and spatial/architectural relations. How do these practices and processes problematise the boundaries between public international law, private international law, and transnational law? To what extent and in what ways are professional practices in fields of international economic governance constituted and contested at the microlevel of day to day interaction, through the routine and mundane work of rulership in the ‘background’?


The workshop will take place at the London School of Economics, on 16 May 2014. Abstracts of no more than 300w should be sent to Sungjoon Cho, by 1 November 2013, and should include the author's name and full contact information. Decisions regarding inclusion in the workshop program will be sent by 1 January 2014. Those presenting will be expected to provide short discussion papers (3,000-4,000 words) by 25 April 2014.

We regret that we are unable to cover participants’ full travel and accommodation expenses. Limited assistance will be available for young scholars who are unable to secure funding from other sources.

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Call for Papers: Society of International Economic Law Fourth Biennial Global Conference  

The Society of International Economic Law has issued a call for papers for its Fourth Biennial Global Conference, to be held in Bern, at the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, July 10-12, 2014. The conference theme is: "Regulatory Challenges in International Economic Law: Convergence or Divergence?." The call for papers is here.

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Call For Academic Papers and Conference Announcement The 21st Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium - "2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference" 

July 10 and 11, 2014, Chicago, Illinois, USA

The 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference will be held on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago. This conference will be funded primarily by the Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Endowment Fund of The John Marshall Law School.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS AND HOSTS: The Conference Organizers and Hosts are: The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Roosevelt University, College of Arts and Sciences, Chicago, Illinois, USA; and, The East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China.

PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE: The Conference will bring international scholars, advocates and policy makers together to participate in an academic discussion about the law, policy, and implementation of legal protections for the elderly around the globe. This conference is purposely intended to parallel the current discussions of the United Nations' Open-Ended Working Group on Aging. The Conference organizers are hoping to draft and develop a model International Bill of Rights for Elderly Individuals based on the research presented and the ensuing discussions.

DETAILS/TOPICS: There will be 6 to 8 general sessions over a two-day conference, and each session is expected to have 2 to 3 authors discussing their current research, with other academics and experts serving as moderators and discussants on the panel. This conference is meant to complement and supplement the discussions being held through the United Nations pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/182, based on the following general topics:
- The elimination of age discrimination;
- Autonomy, independent living, and health care issues affecting the elderly;
- Life continuing with dignity because of adequate access to social security and other financial resources;
- The prevention of elder abuse and violence; and
- Access to justice for elderly individuals in need of assistance.

The final agenda for the conference will be determined based on the exact topics and countries analyzed in the abstracts accepted for presentation.

CALL FOR ACADEMIC ARTICLES AND PAPERS: There is a call for original academic research on laws and policy that can protect elderly individuals around the world, which will be presented at the 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference in Chicago. From the submitted abstracts, the Conference organizers will develop the agenda for the conference.

The original research can be based on the following general themes (either limited to one or two countries, or a broader analysis of multiple countries):
- The elimination of age discrimination;
- Autonomy, independent living, and health care issues affecting the elderly;
- Life continuing with dignity because of adequate access to social security and other financial resources;
- Prevention of elder abuse and violence; and
- Access to justice for elderly individuals in need of assistance.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Abstracts may be submitted by academics, graduate students, advocates, and other interested individuals and groups, of all disciplines, as long as the proposals focus on the law and public policy. Abstracts must be written in English, and should be submitted to by October 31, 2013; and, the Conference organizers will contact all authors by November 15, 2013 with decisions on which abstracts have been accepted. Late submissions may be accepted if space remains available.

THE FINAL ACADEMIC PAPER SUBMISSIONS: Authors of abstracts accepted by the Conference organizers will be expected to submit a draft of the basically complete article, in English, by April 28, 2014. After some general peer-reviewed comments, suggestions, and questions are provided back to each author by May 30, 2014, each author will then re-submit a revised draft, incorporating the comments, suggestions and questions, by June 16, 2014. All revised draft papers will be posted on the conference website ahead of the conference, and all will clearly be marked "Draft Only - Do not Cite or Distribute." After discussing their research at the Conference, authors will then have until August 15, 2014 to submit the final article, which, if accepted as publishable through peer review, will be published in one of the academic journals or law reviews associated with The John Marshall Law School, Roosevelt University, or East China University of Political Science and Law.

Any other author can submit an original academic article or paper in final form by August 15, 2014 for consideration of publication, even if the author did not participate in the conference.

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Call for Papers Corporate Governance Symposium 

March 19, 2014, John L Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware

The John L Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Finance Department of the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware will host a Corporate Governance Symposium on March 19, 2014. The focus of the Symposium will be on "Critical Issues for Boards and Institutional Investors in 2014." The Symposium will feature up to four academic papers on corporate governance and a panel discussion featuring speakers from the Delaware judiciary and the academic, business and legal communities.

The John L. Weinberg Corporate Governance Best Paper Award will be presented during the symposium luncheon. Additionally, all travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed for the presenting authors and discussants.

TOPICS: We encourage submission of unpublished papers addressing topics within the field of corporate governance that are of critical importance in 2014 for boards of directors and institutional investors with a focus on: board and committee composition and structure, board and/or management succession planning, dual role of the CEO/Chairman, the board's role in monitoring risk, executive and director compensation, shareholder engagement, the role and regulatory issues relating to the proxy advisory industry, and corporate governance reform measures associated with the foregoing.

Faculty from both business and law schools are encouraged to submit their research.

Finally, we welcome everyone to attend the conference whether or not you are a program participant.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please submit papers in a PDF version no later than November 25, 2013. Please use the following format as the file name when you save your paper: Last name (all caps), underscore, shortened name of paper, period, pdf (e.g., DOE_Shareholder Engagement.pdf). Please submit your papers to Louisa Cresson at Alternatively, you may send a hard-copy to:

Louisa K. Cresson
John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
University of Delaware
Alfred Lerner Hall
Suite 103
20 Orchard Road
Newark, DE 19716

Decisions regarding the symposium program will be made by January 17, 2014. General inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to Louisa Cresson.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium The Global Medicine Challenge: The Fine Line Between Incentivizing Innovation and Protecting Human Rights 

Call for Abstracts:
We are proud to announce that the annual symposium sponsored by the Whittier Law Review, entitled The Global Medicine Challenge: The Fine Line Between Incentivizing Innovation and Protecting Human Rights, will be held November 8, 2013 at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. This symposium is offered jointly with Whittier Law School’s Center for Intellectual Property Law and Center for International & Comparative Law.

We invite you to submit abstracts (of 500 words or less) on themes related to the symposium topic. Areas of particular interest may include domestic and/or international law and policy surrounding patenting of medical devices and pharmaceutical products; access to medicine; protection and appropriation of indigenous remedies; medicine and human rights; and other related topics.

Please submit abstracts electronically to no later than September 23, 2013. Selected presentations will be notified by October 3, 2013. Please provide a curriculum vitae and a cover letter along with an abstract submission. Travel assistance funds will be available for participants without institutional support. Accepted papers will be strongly considered for publication in the Whittier Law Review’s symposium issue.

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Symposium Editor of the Whittier Law Review, Nafisa Khwaja, at

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Call for Papers: 2014 Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance: Networks in Global Governance  

Call for Papers: 2014 Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance: Networks in Global Governance

IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) and ESADEgeo (ESADE Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) are organizing the second edition of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance, an international workshop to discuss the institutional design of global governance, on 9 & 10 January 2014. The workshop will focus on networks in global governance. The aim is to examine the potential and limitations of network approaches, as well as the challenges that networked governance at the global level can pose in terms of effectiveness, accountability and democracy. Confirmed keynote speakers include Deborah Avant (University of Denver), Miles E. Kahler (University of California San Diego) and Magnus Thor Torfasson (Harvard Business School) as well as Narcís Serra (former Spanish Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister) and Javier Solana (former NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy). Abstracts of up to 500 words should be sent by 27 September 2013 to Further information is available here.

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Call for Papers: Annual Workshop of the ASIL International in Domestic Courts Interest Group  

The American Society of International Law's International Law in Domestic Courts Interest Group has issued a call for papers for its annual workshop, to take place this year at Yale Law School on December 6. The call is here.

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