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.

From International Law Reporter
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Legal Scholarship 4.0  

Northeastern University School of Law hosts Legal Scholarship 4.0 March 13-14, 2014. Papers are invited from junior faculty (i.e., those who have spent 7 years or fewer as a full-time law professor). The conference will explore the future of legal scholarship, through conversations among prominent legal scholars.

Break-out works-in-progress sessions will include a comment on each paper by senior faculty, and discussion by fellow panelists and conference participants. Conversations will continue throughout the conference at breakfast and lunch (provided), as well as during the speakers’ dinner.

Deadline: October 1, 2013. Interested junior faculty members are invited to submit an abstract (not to exceed 500 words) to Rick Doyon, r.doyon[@] The chosen participants will be expected to submit completed paper drafts by Feb. 13, 2014, and to participate in the entirety of the conference. im
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Call for Papers: International Law-Making and the United Nations 

The AALS Section on International Law invites papers for its program at the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting in New York, New York. The topic of the program and call for papers is International Law-Making and the United Nations. “This panel will explore contemporary developments, processes and controversies in international law-making by the United Nations. The presenter chosen through this call for papers will join several high-level United Nations legal experts who bring deep experience from a number of UN bodies.”

Eligible faculty members are invited to submit manuscripts or detailed abstracts dealing with any aspect of the foregoing topic. Detailed abstracts should be comprehensive enough to allow the committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims and likely content of papers proposed. Papers may be accepted for publication but must not be published prior to the Annual Meeting.

Deadline: September 10, 2013. Submit papers to international[@] The subject of the email should read: “Submission for AALS Section on International Law.” The initial review of the papers and abstracts will be blind, and will be conducted by members of the section’s executive committee. In order to facilitate blind review, please identify yourself and your institutional affiliation only in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript, and not in the manuscript itself. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.
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Calls for Papers: Works-in-Progress Program in Comparative Law 

The AALS Section on Comparative Law invites Calls for Papers for its Works-in-Progress Program in Comparative Law at the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting in New York, New York.

This program will bring together junior and senior comparative law scholars for a lively discussion of the junior scholars’ works-in-progress. Junior comparative law scholars will submit papers they expect to submit in the summer 2013 law review submission cycle to our call for papers. After they briefly present their papers, senior comparative law scholars will provide oral comments and critiques. This new program presents an opportunity to hear cutting edge comparative law scholarship by recent members of the academy.

Deadline: September 15, 2013. Email papers to both Fernanda G. Nicola, fnicola[@],
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Call for Papers: Social Justice and Social Media 

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 short (10+) page papers or 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.

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013. Submit a 250-300 word abstract suitable for a 15 minute presentation, which can 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[@] Please include name, affiliation and contact details in the body of the email.
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PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Conference - Staying on the Cutting Edge of Biotechnology Patent Searching 

Monday February 24 to Wednesday February 26, 2014, Genzyme Inc., 500 Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, +1 (617) 252-7500

Now in its eighth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. This year's theme is, "Staying on the Cutting Edge of Biotechnology Patent Searching." As biologics account for an increasing share of product approvals and pipelines, biotechnology searchers face new challenges in efficient delivery of strategic information to facilitate informed decision making and foster innovation of new biologic products.

CALL FOR PAPERS: We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Conference to be held February 24-26, 2014 at Genzyme Corp., Cambridge MA, with the plenary session on Tuesday, February 25 and workshops on Monday and Wednesday, February 24 and 26.

The deadline for abstract submissions is earlier this year: September 13, 2013

CONFERENCE DETAILS: The PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. This year's theme is: "Staying on the Cutting Edge of Biotechnology Patent Searching".

Biotechnology and the research categorized as such, continues to evolve to include many diverse inventive areas. The products created from biotechnological research include antibodies and other biologic drugs, molecular diagnostics, biochips, medical devices, amongst others, and the biosequence and text-based information in this area is voluminous and complex.

Acquiring and maintaining the skills necessary for efficient search and delivery of strategic IP information is a challenge to patent information professionals.

TOPICS: We are interested in:
- Presentations on aspects of science or patent law that are helpful for biotech patent searchers to know, as well as search tools and techniques.
- Presentations by biotech patent searchers or their managers, clients or vendors about helpful training, education, mentoring or apprenticeship experiences. It is recognized that the type of one's institution such as pharma or biotech companies, research institutions, or patent offices, as well as the size of the institution, may impact one's perspective on this.
- Participants for a panel discussion of experienced biotechnology patent searchers to share how they learned their trade.
- Also, as always, we would be interested in presentations about a specific search scenario, with strategy, databases used, results identified etc.

The theme is meant to inspire but not limit topic selection - all topics related to biotechnology patent information research will be considered.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: General Guidelines for submitting proposal/topic/ideas - Note: presentations are typically 30 minutes but this may vary.

Interested speakers should submit the following to and by Sep. 13, 2013:
1. Proposed speaker name
2. Brief biography
3. Full contact information
4. Presentation title
5. Abstract (100 - 200 words)

If you are interested in submitting a paper but need extra time to obtain your management approval, please let us know by the Sep. 13, 2013 deadline and if possible provide the topic title &/or a few sentences that we can consider in the interim.

The organizers reserve the right to accept abstracts at their discretion in order to assemble the best possible program. Invited speakers may take precedence over other speakers. Please be advised that your abstract submission may be published on the PIUG web site and related media, shortly after receipt or at any time thereafter. Therefore, do not include confidential or business-sensitive information in your abstract.

If you would like to recommend a speaker on a particular topic or suggest another topic of interest, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact the PIUG 2014 Biotechnology Conference organizers, listed below, with your views.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Further news about the program and updates regarding the conference will be posted on the PIUG Discussion Forum (PIUG-DF) and on the PIUG website at

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International Seminar on Institutional Theory: Constitutional Courts and Political Reality 

November 6-8, 2013, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Our M.Sc. Program at the Law School and our Lab - LETACI - of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil is promoting the "II International Seminar on Institutional Theory: Constitutional Courts and Social Reality", during November 6-8, 2013, and it will discuss subjects on institutional and constitutional theories both in United States and Brazil concerning the Supreme Court and the Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), such as judicial activism, judicial supremacy and constitutionalism history.

The seminar is sponsored by CNPq (Brazilian Research Council), Faperj (State of Rio de Janeiro Research Foundation) and UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).

Last year, in our I Seminar on Institutional Theory, we received several American scholars, Professor Tushnet, Professor Graber, Professor Bednar, European scholars, Professor Corsi and Professor Nabais, and Canadian Professor Tremblay.

When: Nov 6, 2013 - Nov 8, 2013
Where: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Submission Deadline: Oct 11, 2013
Notification Due: Oct 21, 2013
Further Information:

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please email submissions to:

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IGLP: The Workshop - Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School 

January 3-11, 2014, Doha, Qatar

IGLP: The Workshop is an intensive residential program designed for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty. This initiative aims to promote innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, and social justice. Our aim is to strengthen the next generation of scholars by placing them in collaboration with their global peers as they develop innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, social justice and governance.

IGLP: THE WORKSHOP - APPLICATIONS: There is no application fee and The Institute is committed to keeping the Workshop as cost-free as possible for admitted applicants, including travel, meals and lodging.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2013
Apply online:

FURTHER INFORMATION: More information about travel grants can be found:

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