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 ( or Erica Frankenberg (

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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 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: ... 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, 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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